I have tried to hesitate using the term “holy grail”, but the story behind this cover is remarkable. I was unaware of this cover until late last year, when Guy Minnebach alerted the Warhol Cover Collectors’ Club of its existence. At the time, there were no more than three of these covers known to exist.
Almost unbelievable to me, there was not a single image of this cover on the entire internet. I spent months trying to find a copy to no avail. Knowing how important it would be to include a Warhol cover that had never been seen before, outside a few of us who had passed some photos around, I asked Guy Minnebach if he would consider loaning his rate gems for the show.
As befits a gentleman and a scholar, and one of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure to make an acquaintance with during this journey, Guy was willing to part with his treasures for a really long time, from June until next March.
As the exhibition hopes to travel, we cannot expect our generous donors to go years without their precious covers. So I have still tried to find copies of the three covers I was unable to collect before the show opened.
Here is the second rarest Warhol cover that exists (unless more come to market).
Two days after the members opening, Cranbrook had a family day sponsored by PNC Bank. There was a 6 arm t-shirt press and Michigan premier Velvet Underground ukulele band, Thumbs Up!
Here are some pictures from the members only opening of the exhibition. Intermixed with these are screen captures from the videos that play in loops. They include Velvet Underground footage, the Ultra Violet cover shoot film, and the videos for The Cars and Curiosity Killed the Cat.
There are also close ups of the one of a kind Night Beat cover, generously lent by Paul Maréchal and the Melodic Magic and Giant Size $1.57 cover, generously lent by Guy Minnebach.
This was one of the coolest things about the promotion for the exhibition. Cranbrook Art Museum had never utilized a billboard before. For those who might be familiar with Detroit, these billboards were displayed on I-75 and I-94 throughout June and July.
Here are some photos snapped as the exhibition was still being installed.
Just to show that there will probably never be a definitive list of covers using Warhol’s work, along comes a brand new record with authorized Warhol images, and even a photo of him taking the iconic portrait photo of Debbie Harry.
I have posted the reissue before, but here is the original, just in time to be added to the Warhol on Vinyl show at Cranbrook.