It's a beautiful coffee-table keepsake that the band Rush, and its art director Hugh Syme, asked me to write in celebration of the group's 40th anniversary.
I was approached to write The Art of Rush by my friend Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon. I'd written the sleeve notes for his band's most recent album, Echoes from the Underground, which features Rush's Neil Peart on drums on stunning tracks such as this one. and so Matt kindly recommended my writing skills to Neil and Hugh. When Matt told me about the concept for the book, I'll admit I was dubious that anyone would want to read about how album covers were made.
That was before I first talked to Hugh.
A casual observer would be amazed to discover that Rush's album covers, which boast more diversity than the Period Table of Elements, have been designed by the same person since 1975. Many album cover designers offer up variations of a narrow style. But Hugh is an art director whose expansive vision complements Rush's tradition of continually pushing the boundaries of its music.
This project was a great pleasure to work on and I feel privileged to have done it.