ECM Sleeves of Desire. A Cover Story


Kemper, Peter – Ruedi, P – Müller, Lars – Lake, Steve


Lars Müller Publishers, Baden, Switzerland. 1996. 360 pages. Soft cover with folding flaps. Silver-stamped title on upper cover. Lavishly illustrated with photographs. Text in English and German. Nice copy.

The ECM recording label’s contribution to the fields of jazz and contemporary classical music is unparalleled, and its success story has been visually enhanced by the striking covers designed under Manfred Eicher’s art direction by Barbara Wojirsch and Dieter Rehm.

A delight for music and design fans alike, the book presents chronologically ordered colour reproductions of over 500 covers from the innovative ECM label. Sleeves of Desire also contains a comprehensive picture essay that provides a detailed look at over 100 album covers. Additionally, renowned jazz essayist Peter Ruedi relates the history of the ECM label and designer Lars Muller comments on the evolution of the covers and on ECM’s unmistakable aesthetic signature.


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