Called “Sight of Sound,” the project aims to excavate the contents of nearly 100,000 boxes located all over the world. Items uncovered so far range from an 1819 handwritten letter by Beethoven recommending a publishing company now owned by WMG to a former pupil, a hand-written history of Atlantic Records by label co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, original album-cover artwork by pre-fame Maurice Sendak and photography by Annie Liebovitz, Jim Marshall and many others.
Famed photographers who shot for the company include Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn and Lee Friedlander. Photos of Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones have been mentioned by executives involved with the project, but the artists who have been with WMG over the decades number in the thousands. “With today’s emerging digital platforms, we have the opportunity to inspire a renaissance in visual art associated with music,” Will Tanous, a WMG executive who is overseeing the project, told the Times.
Scratching Under the Vinyl Era [New York Times]