Behind the Poster: Rush Moving Pictures 40th Anniversary
Moving Pictures was Rush's musical masterpiece and became the most popular album they ever released. This album also would represent a crossroads for the band, at once showcasing many elements of the sound that they had forged throughout the late 1970's while also mildly previewing their new wave influenced sound of the early 1980's. In this sense, it may well be the most diverse album that Rush ever produced. Neil Peart explored more diverse subjects than he had in the past, finding lyrical inspiration in classical literature as well as contemporary events.
Moving Pictures was the first Rush album to top the Canadian album charts and nearly did the same in the US and the UK, reaching the Top 3 in both those countries. The album went on to reach quadruple platinum status world wide and it still sounds as fresh and relevant, multiple decades after its release. Moving Pictures is undeniably one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time, and it is our utmost honor to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the immortal masterpiece with official prints by Toronto's own Miles Tsang!
RUSH are kings of the classic rock genre, the greatest power trio in Canadian music, and one the crown jewels of rock and roll history. Composed of genius lyricist and percussionist Neil Peart, legendary guitarist Alex Lifeson, and the inimitable vocalist and bassist Geddy Lee, their recordings and performances encompass decades of material and have influenced generations of fans and fellow musicians alike the world over. As such, it was an incredible honour to be tasked with creating a commemorative work to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the group’s most celebrated creations and one of progressive rock’s most vaunted albums: Moving Pictures. The intent was to portray the band and their vision as dynamic, iconic and possessed of intricate craft and vitality, so the piece is set it within the record’s compositional template for immediate recognizability and packed full of various characters, concepts and visual nods hailing from RUSH’s first eight albums. Stylized swirls of multi-coloured psychedelic clouds billow and flow throughout the space, inter-connecting the band with every figure and reference in a chaotic yet balanced collage inspired by their irreverent and surreal covers, particularly the live album ‘Exit…Stage Left’ which was recorded in the same year of Moving Pictures’ release (1981). It’s my hope that the image honours the transcendent creative spirit, influence, and legacy that RUSH’s music represents while embodying something fans young and old can draw appreciation, inspiration and meaning from. - Miles Tsang