Ryan Reed is a freelance music/culture writer/editor. He also contributes to Rolling Stone, Relix Magazine, Revolver, Pitchfork, and other publications.
Rush’s ‘Power Windows': How Adding TVs Perfected Album Cover
Art director Hugh Syme recalls how a Geddy Lee recommendation added "another layer of presence and meaning."
Eddie Van Halen Left Behind ‘Close to a Million CDs’ of Music
In 2008 interview, guitarist noted his studio archives include “boxes and boxes and boxes" of material.
Rush’s ‘Hemispheres': How Philosophy, Surrealism Inspired Cover
"There was a lot of discussion about Dionysus and Apollo and the left-brain, right-brain [theory]," art director Hugh Syme says of artwork for 1978 LP.
How Yes’ ‘Fragile’ Inspired a Bachman-Turner Overdrive LP Title
BTO's third album title was a playful swipe at the prog band's 1971 classic.
Rush’s Neil Peart Celebrated in New Illustrated Quote Book
Project, out in 2021, pairs drummer and lyricist's "words and musings" with black-and-white illustrations.
Watch Jack White Finger-Tap on Eddie Van Halen-Designed Guitar
Guitarist saluted late virtuoso during 'Saturday Night Live' performance of "Lazaretto."
Rush’s ‘A Farewell to Kings’ Cover Art Traded England for Buffalo
"I was inspired by composite work by [Hipgnosis] and endeavored to bring some of that to play in that album," art director Hugh Syme says of cover for 1977 LP.
Eddie Van Halen Dies: Rockers React
Former bandmate Sammy Hagar wrote that he's "heartbroken and speechless" after guitarist's death from cancer.
Why Rush’s Record Label Changed the ‘Caress of Steel’ Cover Art
This would be the last time Rush let their label interfere with their art.
How Joe Walsh Got to Shine on Eagles’ ‘Pretty Maids All in a Row’
A look at how the underrated — but Bob Dylan-praised — 'Hotel California' ballad came to life.