In November 2020, Depeche Mode was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Dave Gahan, who accepted the honor, said, "I want to thank Anton Corbijn, who thank God came at the right time and made us look cool."
In the fall of 2020, TASCHEN released the limited edition Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn (81-18) out, signed by Depeche Mode and Anton Corbijn, and it became one of the fastest-selling collectible editions in the history of publishing. Now there is the wallet-friendly XL edition, a testament to Corbijn's unique vision, and indeed "cool" as Gahan so movingly acknowledged in his speech; a detailed illustrated history of how Corbijn, who became the band's de facto creative director in 1986, helped cement Depeche Mode's reputation as the world's greatest cult band.
Featuring more than 500 photographs from Corbijn's extensive archives, some never before seen, including formal and informal portraits from places such as Madrid, Hamburg, the California desert, Prague and Marrakech (some taken during the making of iconic videos like "Enjoy the Silence" and "Personal Jesus"); a multitude of spontaneous, candid images; and stunning live footage from all their tours since 1988. In addition to the photographs, there are sketches and designs for stage sets and album covers, Corbin's handwritten captions throughout the book, putting the reader right in the middle of the recordings, and an extensive interview with the Dutch master.
Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn (81-18) was created with the full cooperation of the band, who share some insights about working with Corbijn. The book shows how one man's original aesthetic, which included all of their photography, most of their music videos, album graphics and set designs, helped shape the band's enduring popularity. Reflecting on his role in Depeche, Corbijn recalls in the book's introduction, "A lot came down to me, and I wanted it to be good for them. I wanted to think for them. Be great for them." This book is a tribute to the depth and breadth of that greatness, a celebration of one of the most creative and enduring collaborations in rock history.
Title: Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn
Author: Reuel Golden
Size: 512 pages