ANDY WARHOL COVER ART - WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE - ARTURO TOSCANINI DOUBLE EP
Here is a nice copy of Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Rossini's "William Tell Overture" (Columbia ERB-7054). Cover art by Andy Warhol.
Warhol was working in the Art Direction department of Columbia Records for a few years, and designed several album covers for the company. This is one of them.
From the website warholstars.org: Paul Maréchal (Lecturer at the University of Québec in Montréal): "Upon his arrival in New York, Warhol met with fellow schoolmates who had also moved to the Big Apple in the hope of making something of themselves. One of these friends was George Klauber, then working for a creative agency run by Will Burtin. Klauber introduced Warhol to Burtin, who was working with Robert M. Jones, art director of Columbia Records between 1945 and 1953, who then moved to RCA Victor."
Robert M. Jones (Art director at Columbia Records, 1945-1953): "I gave him three little spots to do for the corners of the standard albums. He needed money. I never kept any records but I know that these little spots must have been amongst the first things he did, certainly in the first three to six months he was here. I gave him three different ones to do, at $50 apiece. And two days later he came back with a stack of drawings like that to satisfy the three drawings we needed."
Jacket is in strong VG condition. Just some minor wear, and a sticker on the back. No seam splits. Comes with the original pair of 45 rpm EP records.
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