Warhol on 45: Waltzes by Johann Strauss Jr.

Classical music, Fifties, Warhol on 45

This beautiful EP on Camden records is the pride of my collection, because in fact I myself discovered this Warhol cover. In 2007 I visited Kdx Fairs!, a famous record fair in Ghent, Belgium. I was browsing a box of old American jazz and classical EP’s, hoping to score a Latin Rhythms or Progressive Piano (which at that time I still believed to exist). I was really astonished when I saw this Waltzes by Johann Strauss Jr. record. I also collect magazines and books with Warhol illustrations, so I was very familiar with his drawing style in the Fifties. I bought it for 2€.

I sent a picture to Paul Maréchal, who I knew was working on the catalogue raisonné of record covers, and to chief archivist Matt Wrbican of The Warhol Museum. Neither had ever seen this cover before. Matt Wrbican confirmed it to be a Warhol drawing, and then Paul Maréchal included the record in his catalogue.

Later I was lucky to find a second copy, and I donated it to The Warhol Museum. Matt wrote about it in his blog.

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4 thoughts on “Warhol on 45: Waltzes by Johann Strauss Jr.”

  1. This would be the pride of pretty much any collection, and together with the backstory it’s just amazing. Inspiring and motivating that you were able to find this in a (pretty) small town in Belgium, gives me hope… Where did you find the second copy by the way, online? And did you feel bad for the guy at the fair that you got it from? 🙂

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  2. Niklas, thanks! No I did not feel bad for the seller at the fair,because at that time you could find most of the records with Warhol cover for the price of an ordinary second hand record. That has changed dramatically after Maréchal published the catalogue raisonné. I also think it’s great I found the record in Belgium, I’m not even sure if the Camden EP’s, which was a budget series, were even exported to Europe…

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