Wu-Tang Clan announces the “BIGGEST and HEAVIEST book in hip-hop history.” That’s an understatement.

Wu-Tang Clan, always keen to make an artistic statement (cf. the one-copy-only Once a Time in Shaolin CD that sold for US$2 million), is at it again with a coffee table book guaranteed to crush any coffee table into tiny, tiny pieces.

Wu-Tang Clan: Legacy will include over 300 pages of unreleased photos from the group’s career, bound in Italy using only the best leather and other materials in a 21″ x 21″ package. But the book will be housed in a 400 POUND steel-and-bronze container designed by sculptor Gethin Jones. The design was apparently inspired by “the ancient past and the bronze ritual bowls of the Zhou Dynasty whose first ruler was King Wu-Wang, the chambers consist of Spun Mild Steel bowls while the raised ridges, base and logo are furnished in solid brushed brass.”

Only 36 copies will be available.

Obviously, this is meant to be treated as a serious work of visual art on a variety of levels. Here’s a peak.

How much? We’re not sure yet. You have to register with your email here to have “priority access.” Good luck.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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