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Rush album artist Hugh Syme on the Art of Rush expanded edition and more in new interview with the Power Windows website

Thu, Sep 30, 2021@11:17AM | comments

A newly expanded and updated second edition of Hugh Syme's The Art of Rush is due to release in less than 2 weeks on October 12th (the original edition was released back in 2015), and is currently available for pre-order. This updated edition will include a newly designed cover along with an additional 24-page section featuring Rush artwork that has been released since 2015, including the 40th anniversary box set releases from recent years. Syme has been hitting the interview circuit to promote the new book and talk about his long career working with Rush, which started way back in 1975 with the Caress of Steel album. Earlier this week he spoke with John Patuto at, and Eric Hansen of the Power Windows website posted his recent interview with Syme earlier today. Eric is one of the co-author's of the definitive Rush tour history - 2019's Wandering the Face of the Earth - which Syme did the cover art for and includes in the expanded Art of Rush. Here's Syme discussing that specific piece:

... It turned into one of my favorite pieces. I revisited the piece for a gallery version I did in Austin, where I added a sign saying there's people walking across the road. And of course, I put three figures on the sign, and I put a different background with pine trees and so on. It just looks different, I just felt like tweaking it. ...

Here's Hugh discussing the new content for the expanded edition:

... Yeah, we made an addendum. We didn't invade the main part of the book, or insert the new art throughout the book. We actually treated the new art as an offshoot of having done these 40th Anniversary box sets. And I thought, "Well, we either wait for another 40 years where I will be 109 years old, or we at least feature some of the 40th Anniversary artwork." ...

You can read the entire Hugh Syme interview via the Power Windows site here, and pre-order the expanded Art of Rush edition via Amazon at this location.