I may be ambivalent about history, or I may just misunderstand my appreciation of history. One thing I am decidedly appreciative of, however, is discovering that something significant to me has a longer history than I realized. Learning in Times Online that Alex Steinweiss pioneered graphic album covers in the 1940s gave me one of those moments. It gave me another very familiar moment, too – the moment of MATERIALIST DESIRE. For you see, Taschen is releasing a book on the guy and his work on October 6. The 2009 Christmas wish list is begun.

How Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover – Times Online.