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Pixies: A Visual History, Volume 1
LIMITED-RUN OF 3500
12” X 9" casebound, foil-stamped, 232 pages
PUBLISHED: September 30, 2014
Photo by Jordan Barclay
Melodic Virtue is a small, artist-friendly independent publisher dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacies of underground bands through limited-run coffee table books. Originally founded in 2004 as a graphic design studio by Aaron Tanner, Melodic Virtue produces fully authorized books that offer an immersive, and definitive, visual history of bands outside of mainstream music culture. Each authentic and unusual story is told through compelling design, rare photographs and artwork, and gripping first-hand anecdotes from their fans and contemporaries.
Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork, Kerrang!, Revolver, SPIN, FACT Magazine, LA Weekly, Paste Magazine, MOJO, éTapes Magazine, PRINT, Gestalten, Punknews.org, The Quietus, Austin Chronicle, Dying Scene, Exclaim!, New Noise Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News, Graphis, and more!
AAF National Awards Silver 2016, AAF National Awards Gold 2013, AAF District 6 Awards Gold 2019, AAF District 6 Awards Gold 2015, AAF District 6 Awards Gold 2013, AAF District 6 Awards Gold 2001, AAF Evansville Awards Best In Show 2013, AAF Evansville Awards Best In Show 2001, AAF Evansville Awards Silver 2019, AAF Evansville Awards Gold 2015, AIGA Louisville Gold 2008, EDG Awards Best In Show 2018, EDG Awards Best In Show 2012, EDG Awards Silver 2015, EDG Awards Silver 2013
For more than two decades, Aaron Tanner has been creating unconventional design work for legendary acts. Prior to publishing, he was Ween's resident designer for over 15 years and maintained a diverse client roster that included Pixies, Explosions in the Sky, Epitaph Records, Secretly Group, Temporary Residence Ltd., and pet celebs Lil BUB and Doug The Pug. A musician and life-long fan of music and the arts, Tanner has won numerous national awards and has been recognized by several prestigious international design publications.
"For nearly two decades, Melodic Virtue provided design services for the music industry, but it was time for a change. That’s when I decided to shift the focus of my business to book publishing. But unlike most publishers, I wanted to focus exclusively on bands and their visual histories."
"All Melodic Virtue books are limited-run and made with die-hard music fans in mind. Having shorter runs enables us to put quality over quantity and ensures that each release is truly something worth owning."
"The hardest part of creating these books, without question, is gathering the material. Don’t get me wrong, though. I love fully immersing myself into a band’s history and learning about the connections made between the band, their contemporaries, and their fans."