Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn

The official illustrated history of Depeche Mode by  Anton Corbijn

Legendary Dutch photography and artist Anton Corbijn has created Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn, a new book which offers an illustrated history of Depeche Mode drawing on 500 photographs from Corbijn’s personal archives, accrued over three decades in collaboration with “the world’s biggest cult band”.

The special collector’s edition is a 512-page hardcover book that measures 31.5cm x 44cm, weighs almost 6kg and comes in a clamshell box. Each collector’s edition (numbered 201 – 1986) is signed by Anton Corbijn and Depeche Mode.

Each collector’s edition is signed by Depeche Mode and Anton Corbijn

As well as all the photos – some never seen before – the book offers stage set designs, sketches, album covers, and personal observations from Corbijn.

The book includes formal and informal portraits from places such as Madrid, Hamburg, the California desert, Prague, and Marrakech (many taken during the making of iconic videos such as ‘Enjoy the Silence’ and ‘Personal Jesus’); many off-the-cuff, candid images; and stunning live shots from all their tours since 1988.

The book has been created with the full collaboration of the band, who also share some insights on working with Corbijn. Anton also provides handwritten captions throughout the book (see image above) and there is an extended interview with him. Check out the video below, as the man himself, shows off the special SIGNED collector’s edition.

The first two hundred limited editions with an additional signed print have already sold out, but copies of the collector’s edition on its own, numbered between 201 and 1986 are available to order via the publishers Taschen directly. These will ship in November.

119 responses to Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn

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  2. Nico says:

    It’s a disgrace to charge this amount for a book. Especially during a pandemic with so many out of work and homeless. Quite disgusting.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      If you were selling your house would you ignore market values due to the pandemic and just lose tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds out of the goodness of your heart?

    • Shane D Collins says:

      you can even use this as an investment really do you think everybody buying it now will keep it nope there is going to be so much price mark up on this book its no even funny plus its still not complete as much as i love antons and DM’s Work but without Vince and Alans Sig’s on the page its not complete to me even the new guys should have signed it since they are touted as depeche mode a full on history should be a complete history

    • Luke Underwood says:

      What a silly comment. Lots of things still being sold despite a pandemic. Have mine and its great!

  3. Bookshop says:

    These Limited Editions are still available to purchase in the Selfridges London Bookshop on Oxford Street.

  4. Luke Underwood says:

    I have just taken delivery of mine. I really wasn’t sure if I had done the “right thing” by shelling out for this, but I had 3 holidays cancelled and this was the equivalent of a week in Majorca that I didn’t have, and I am happy I did buy it. Its huge though!

  5. Marc says:

    As a hardcore DM fan and collector since 1983, and a big fan a corbijn’s work, i had to get one of the collectors edition. The Taschen collector editions are a thing of beauty! The quality and details are stunning. They also use a different type of paper compared to the standard version.

    And yes, you can see this book as an investment.
    I was told by Taschen, that the DM AC collectors edition ist the fastest selling collectors edition for Taschen in 15-20 years. That speaks volumes. The price will go up, now that it’s sold out.

    But i’m shure there will be some copies available at the Taschen book stores in december.

  6. Jhonn says:

    That was really fast. All 1986 copies are now sold out. So, the price seems not to be too high for many collectors and connoisseurs of fantastic books. And the limited supersize Taschen are really top-notch books.

  7. Adey says:

    Never tried taschen books but i have a couple of Bowie books, published by genesis publications(speed of life and from station to station. Before i ordered the books, i always thought they were a bit expensive at several hundred pounds for a book and a picture disc. When i opened the first parcel i just thought WOW, I’ve never seen such stunning books, of such amazing quality, in my life!

  8. John MC cann says:

    I remember there was a ltd edition George Harrison book out about 20 years ago signed by George, cost about a grand!, Probably worth a lot more now!

  9. David J says:

    I made an enquiry direct to Taschen regards to getting a specific numbered edition.
    Reply – you get the next one out of the warehouse, no choice or selection of numbered edition!!
    They also 100% confirmed a smaller, unsigned, unlimited version will follow ‘next year’.

    An alternative to this XXL book (i did it 3 months back) is to get a signed lithograph of the early DM album covers taken by Brian Griffin. I bought three actually for a quarter of this book cost all hand signed by the photographer himself. 12″ x 12″ superb quality prints and some decent frames – much better value IMO.

    • Ex-Oligarch says:

      What a great suggestion! Brian Griffin is one of those guys whose work everyone who was alive in the 1980s has seen even if they don’t recognize his name. Think of Ultravox’s “Vienna” album, John Foxx’s “Golden Section,” Siouxsie’s “Dazzle” single, or the first four classic Echo & the Bunnymen albums. An extremely talented guy.

    • Steve says:

      Yes great idea. I bought Brian’s book Pop, signed by himself and Depeche Mode last year.

  10. Ken says:

    Always worth remembering that the more you manufacture of a product the lower the unit price.So if a luxury book is only printed in small quantities it will be expensive to produce.So even though the book is clearly over-priced it still costs a hefty sum to manufacture so could never be sold as cheaply as some if you seem to suggest.

  11. torchomatic says:

    Unfortunately, this is now the way of the world.

    Limited edition items at eye watering prices, which only those with lots of disposable income will be able to afford. The rest of us? Hard luck.

    Limited vinyl boxsets at ridiculous prices, the Armed Forces box by Costello being a good example of money grabbing. Now it’s £75 to see the Damned, £150 for the UA singles box by Buzzcocks. The punk ethos had certainly been abandoned in favour of something more unsavoury. Greed.

    • John MC cann says:

      Is it really£75 to see the damned Thea’s days,?;£3.50 damned be Xmas tour 83, Glasgow penthouse above the Apollo,seems a lot but don’t mind the captain making a few Bob and the best bass player they ever had is back,,now we just need the rat!

  12. Fernando GM says:

    750€ is the average price for a Taschen’s limited edition book. It’s not DM’s nor Anton’s fault. It’s what It supposed to cost, just check other limited edition books in Taschen’s web. Some of them they even cost a lot more, it’s what It is, a little piece of art. Don’t want it don’t buy it.

    I am one of the lucky person that have decided to buy it. It’s a pity Alan hasn’t signed it. I’ve being a fan for 30 years and I am a working class father in Spain, in the covid19 era, but I just received my taxes back from last year and that’s my very own present. I am not rich or dumb, I guess I’ll have to make some sacrifices for the next 4 months. Staying at home these days will make it a little easier. But reading some smart sentences for angry buyers i need to say some obvious ones, you can’t always get what you want, and if want something you’ll have to pay for it.

  13. David J says:

    1 2 3 4 by Anton Corbijn has a great selection of his music photography including a good selection of Depeche Mode photos repeated in this artbook.

    Hardback £33-£38 quid. Signed around £75 as i remember.

  14. Mark A says:

    What a joke. A “Luxury book”? Sorry, what is that, exactly? Oh, it’s a collection of photos of Depeche Mode with some ink at the front. That price might be appropriate for an edition of 25 not 2000.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Is your problem with the price or the description? It’s clearly a ‘luxury’ high-end book so reacting to that doesn’t make any sense. If you don’t like the price and don’t think it represents value then that’s a different argument.

      • Wayne C says:

        I actually think of this book as an investment!, if your like me and £750 is quite a lot of money it would really have to be a group or artist you love to put so much money into a book. If Joni Mitchell released
        A book like this I would try and buy it, you only live once and what price can you put on the pleasure of owning such a nice thing. I don’t really think value comes into it at the end of the day, owning it is what’s important. If your a fan of Mode to that level it would be a must have and good luck to those who get a copy of it!. It’s like the limited Macca 3 300 LP run. If people are prepared to pay £3000 for one LP which isn’t even out yet!, I think this book is tremendous value and no doubt will appreciate over time.

        • alan says:

          If it is an investment – when are you going to sell it?
          Otherwise it’s just an expensive book by an artist you like.
          Investments are usually realised in the marketplace.

      • probablyrustin says:

        Both description and price are laughable to be honest. Personal opinion, it seems ridiculous to call a *book* like this luxurious unless it’s truly a handmade, bespoke, gold plated etc level of quality. Marketing double entendres and disproportionate pricing can make anything seem “luxurious.”

        I seems on some level that Depeche Mode’s back catalog approach is favoring profit over value – interesting releases drowned out by repetitive and objectively expensive products rehashing material with little (if any) added… Not to mention a fantastic package like this presented in a way that just seems out of touch, as others noted. Some interesting items in the process, sure, but mostly feels a bit shameless.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          ‘Luxury’ is associated with expense. If it’s expensive and kind of hard to justify (the DM book meets this criteria) then you can argue that by definition it is a ‘luxury’. I honestly don’t understand your issue or the outrage. Life is full of expensive things that most people can’t afford: watches, cars, houses. I can’t afford to drive a Ferrari but I’m not posting on forums ranting about it, saying how it’s a joke because the car has the same four wheels as a Ford focus.

    • Steve says:

      Tashen make these all the time, have done for years. They are expensive and collectible. They are like art. They make them with photographers, artists, designers, directors etc And they are for collectors with money, not the average Joe like us.
      Think of it as a piece of art that will go up in value with age.
      But thankfully Tashen usually follow the ‘artists edition’ with a regular smaller version at around £50

    • Andy says:

      This time next year Taschen will release a “trade” edition of the book, they always do with any of their high profile releases. I collect their signed editions but also get the smaller unsigned ones to refer to.

      Another pro tip is sometimes they do flash discounts on their limited editions, though not gauranteed and have been in-store only too in the past. Their next sale is in should be at the end of January.

  15. Shane says:

    Taschen are superb at these kinds of books. If you can afford the limited editions, they are worth the price. They always do standard editions down the line, you’ll just have to wait.
    “world’s biggest cult band”….

  16. Andrea says:

    To be honest music is what really matter to me and as nice as it looks this book is just a complement to DM discography. Monument is one of the few books I’ve bought on music, because it was made by DM fan for DM fans, going through collectibles and arti facts like any of us did through the years. This book has actually nothing to do with DM, it’s an outrageously priced collection of pictures that happened to have DM as main subject. I don’t think any person with a n average lifestyle would be able to justify to buy this, no matter how collectible this may be, how big DM are in your life. This goes more in the “art market” then it’s price is even a bargain!

  17. Doug Moss says:

    I have a similar book about Mott The Hoople called We’ve Got a Great Future Behind Us. It is printed on top quality papers, signed by all original members and comes in a lided printed box, Released a while ago granted but cost £250 when released. So someone’s earlier point about thr DM’s books production costs is bollox.
    Genesis publications and Taschen have always produced extremely good quality but expensive tomes. In the DM case you’re paying for Mr Corbijn’s involvement.
    These books are fantastic but for Rich Kids only

    • Ex-Oligarch says:

      The Mott book is in an small format: less than 8” by 8” and about 250 pages, and was produced on ordinary presses. The equipment and materials used to produce a book like the DM tome, with is 12” by 17”, 512 pages and on heavyweight paper, are not the same. The two books are not comparable.

      Ultra-large format books can be produced at lower cost. Some national chain stores in the US do stock a few such coffee table books and children’s books at prices around $50. They are printed on ordinary paper with cheap inks, with low page counts, usually with laminated cardboard covers, sometimes with glued bindings, and in huge print runs. All of those factors reduce the cost. They aren’t durable and tend to fall apart with use, and the print quality is not comparable. I am in the secondhand book business and see these all the time. They are not comparable to quality art book products like those produced by Taschen.

    • Ex-Oligarch says:

      Incidentally, the Mott book is now very scarce and will run you upwards of $500 for a copy.

      • Andy says:

        But both Genesis and Taschen limited edition titles tend to go up in value once they sell out of the run, sometimes to crazy amounts. For example I bought deluxe editions of both of the Jimmy Page books that Genesis did, now there’s an eBay lot for both for $12k at the moment.

        Ditto with their Paul Weller, Nick Mason, Bowie etc books. All the ones I bought have risen in value from two to five times the price I paid. You simply can’t get that return from the stock market, let alone from a high interest account.

        Buy one, enjoy it, then sell it for more than you paid for it… remember to wear white gloves though ;-)

  18. Matthew says:

    I understand the appeal of high end merch like this and those useless Hublot watches for somebody, no condemnation, but try walking in my shoes. It´s no good. :(

  19. Michael says:

    Would really love a copy of this amazing book, but the prize is just way over my budget. If the prize was in the area of the Depeche Mode Monument book, I would buy it instantly. Will there be copies, not signed by Anton Corbijn and cheaper?

  20. Ex-Oligarch says:

    I just noticed that along with the DM book, Taschen is publishing a new edition of its book of photographs of the Rolling Stones in November, priced at $80 and in 11.8” by 11.8” format. So, probably within reach for a few of us who could never afford the Corbiijn extravaganza.

    For comparison, the Stones book was originally published in 2014 in a giant 20” by 20” format limited edition signed by all current band members, priced at $6,000 (yes, that’s right). There were a series of art editions with photo prints by some of the great photographers who had shot the band, beginning at $10,000 and up. The one featuring Corbijn’s print was $20,000, but it sold out, as did the limited edition (there are still copies available of a few of the art editions by lesser-known photographers).

    That was followed by a 13” by 13” regular edition of the book, priced at $150. It too sold out, with copies going on the used book market for around $500.

    The forthcoming edition is still an oversized coffee table book, but a little smaller in format and roughly 50 pages shorter.

  21. Ken says:

    Though this will probably upset most folk who are not rich I feel I should point out that there exist quite a lot of people on our earth with annual incomes that exceed £1m.So if you have a high income prices most of us find obscene are small change and easily affordable.As in everything in life it is all proportional to your own financial circumstances.Sadly one person’s extreme price is another person’s bargain.Picasso paintings get sold for £40m or more for example.It might be obscene but it happens because someone somewhere can afford to pay!

  22. Fletchy Fletch says:

    1986 X 750 quid = 1,489,500 quid.

    Nice work if you can get it! Top up that pension fund lads!

    • Andy says:

      Then take off 20% for VAT, then 40%-50% for retail markup, 10% for marketing and promotion, 20% for design, production and manufacturing… then divide it by 4 (Anton and the band).

  23. Ex-Oligarch says:

    Usually I’m the guy complaining about profiteering on deluxe editions, but I think many of the commenters don’t appreciate the production costs on a book of this large format. Just printing in high quality on heavy paper at over 12 x 17 inches is a substantial expense, much more so than even an ordinary art book. The binding on a 512 page book of that size also has to be particularly well made or the weight of the book itself will tear it apart when it is handled. Any well-made book in this format will be expensive, and to its credit Taschen maintains extraordinarily high production standards on its luxury editions.

    To put it in perspective, the packaging of most music SDEs does not involve these sorts of printing and binding costs. They are usually printed on ordinary card and paper, and you’re lucky if the binding of the booklet is sewn rather than glued or even stapled. Judging by some of the ones in my collection, you’re lucky if the materials have been properly edited and proofed before manufacture.

    Make no mistake, though, the Taschen limited editions are a luxury product for the wealthy. But while I have no doubt there is profit built into the price, I don’t think these editions are substantially subsidizing the regular and budget editions that Taschen inevitably issues when the limited editions have sold out. The limited editions are prestige items designed to burnish the publisher’s reputation as a fashionable presence in the art world and among the upper class. It’s very much the same reason Taschen operates retail stores in Beverly Hills, South Beach, St. Germain, Claridge’s, and Chelsea (London) — to add some cachet to the brand. The company’s market image might otherwise be more like the Ikea of the art publishing industry, because its standard editions are usually priced affordably and well designed but sold to a mass audience.

    As a few others have mentioned, the art editions sold with prints are a fantastic deal for collectors of contemporary photography, which is why they sell out so quickly.

    So what is a DM fan without buckets of money to do? Some copies from the limited edition may make it out to third-party retailers who may offer a discount. And if Taschen sticks to its usual business strategy, expect a release of a smaller oversize edition in a year or so in the $150-$200 list range; a regular art book edition, perhaps with a lower page count, a year or so after that, at $65-$80 list; and then bargain editions in various reduced formats in the $15-$30 range thereafter.

    The other option is to keep an eye out for the publisher’s semi-annual sale of shopworn and overstock copies, held both online and in the retail stores. The discounts on these can range 25%-75%, and the damage to the books is often minimal — dinged corners, scuffed covers, dented slipcases, that sort of thing. I would expect the DM book to start showing up at the sale late next summer.

    • Glen Withonen says:

      Thank you for your informed and well written comment. It makes a nice change from the hysterical indignation expressed elsewhere by all the ‘true/devoted/since [inset year] DM fans’ that always greats such news.

      Personally, I knew as soon as I received the email directly from Taschen that this would definitely be one of those expensive XXL art editions they are famous for, something I would likely not be able to afford, even at the best of times. Being Taschen though, I also knew that this giant expensive tome would not be the sole edition of this lovingly designed book. Knowing Taschen always issue multiple formats over time for all their premium titles, I resigned myself to the fact I would probably never own this particularly collectible volume, but consoled myself that more affordable options were almost certainly on the horizon.

      Having said that, I must also remember to say that I really appreciate all the hard work Anton Corbijn and Taschen must have put into creating such a beautiful retrospective, and career-defining book – it is indeed something I had long-hoped to see published! So I very much look forward to purchasing and enjoying a somewhat smaller (but still over-sized), unsigned hardback edition of this fantastic book – hopefully next year, or at the latest in 2022.


    • Andy says:

      I’ve picked up some of their limited editions directly from their stores during these bi-annual sales.

    • Straker says:

      Taschen does large-format books as a matter of course on art, architecture and pop-culture and these can be found at all booksellers discounted in the £50-£100 range so the idea you’re getting another £600+ worth of value with the DM book or any of their other premium price books is bogus. You’re paying for the signatures and occasionally you might get a print or a fancy box (is that worth hundreds more?).

      It is important to remember that Taschen’s print budgets are vast so the expense of printing a book like that which might give smaller publishers a heart-attack is simply par for the course with Taschen. Their standards are phenomenally high across all their output which means us punters are often getting £200 worth of book for £50 or less.

      By way of example their Stan Lee book originally came out as a signed edition for nigh on £1k IIRC but a couple of years later I bought the new version (same massive book size) without the signature for @ £70.

      Taschen has a subscriber base of very wealthy people who have a standing order for every book they publish regardless of cost. That’s really why these premium price editions exist. The rest of us plebs can often get much the same books for a fraction of the price just by exercising a little patience.

      • David says:

        Good point. Just picked up the Godfather book for £12 when it’s still £40-£50 on their site and the large format version was over £150!!

  24. Rainer says:

    To think that the founder of Taschen, Benedikt Taschen, started by selling comic books from a garage this price is even more ridiculous. He left the comic fans behind him when he had made enough money and never again cared about the people that made him rich in the first place. Never liked the guy, always acted like being better than his customers when he was behind the counter.

  25. Fletchy Fletch says:

    If you follow the link to Taschen you can have a good look at 20 odd pages of the book & read what the band & AC say. I look forward to a sensibly priced version in due course!

  26. John says:

    I have no interest in this or similar bands but can see how it would be attractive to others. The price is staggering..

  27. Richguy says:

    Actually the book is for free, you just pay for the box. Learn from Bowie, apply to DM :D :D :D

  28. Frank says:

    The comments on this blog always amount to the same: rip-off, milking, taking the piss, etc…

    So please tell us, what do you think is a reasonable price for a deluxe book (a category of items you know nothing about and have probably never even owned)

    10 quid?

  29. Dara O'Donnell says:

    I’m a fan since I was a teenager and there’s very few Mode-related items I haven’t forked out for over the years. Though I would absolutely love this, I’d rather give the money to charity than pay for this at this time.

  30. Rob says:

    Price is indeed ridiculous, but look at more of those special editions from Taschen than it becomes more “normal” price wise in comparison. These special items are the cash generators, seen items of 5K and even much higher on their site. Don’t think that DM is fully to blame :-)…

    Maybe they will issue it as one of the smaller 50€ editions later, after this has sold out.

  31. David says:

    I can’t argue that AC is a great photographer,but his graphic design is not only boring but bordering on ugly,probly from after violator.Its hard to differentiate his work from one album to another.The book looks fantastic but the price point is insulting.

    • Ex-Oligarch says:

      I agree with you. Corbijn is a great example of how finely-honed skills in one visual art medium do not necessarily translate to another, particularly to graphic design.

      Whoever created that cover, it’s awful. Is it intended to bring to mind a brown-paper grocery bag? (And if so, for godsakes, why?)

  32. Greg Hayes says:

    How much!!!!
    Are they on the same planet as their devoted fans?!?!!

  33. Heiko says:

    Every limited edition from TASCHEN has a somewhat smaller version for 50 -80 Euro following after a year. If you’re familiar with the amount you have to pay for a Corbijn print, the 1500 Euro print edition was a real offer. But that one was gone hours after the release announcement.

  34. Mark Carter says:

    I am shocked that this ridiculously overpriced item even passed the thought process…NOTHING warrants that price ..NOTHING. Would love it..guess they forgot their humble beginnings in Basildon. Sad

  35. Wayne Kisbee says:

    Sure it’s a nice book, Strangers was a lovely book too but price wise, this is quite astonishing really.

    Some people really do have more money than sense and I guess Anton knew that.

  36. Mark Carter says:

    Ridiculously overpriced. A fan but not a wealthy stupid one!!

  37. PhilH says:

    Once you have a limited Taschen edition in your hands you know exactly why you paid so much. As a huge fan I bought this one because I have another one about Bowie and one about Basquiat there are both fantastics. ^^

  38. Russ T says:

    Corbijn has single-handedly decimated DM’s graphic design over the past few decades. He’s a fantastic video producer – but he really needs to leave the graphic design to the professionals. DM have gone from having the most gorgeous artwork – to rivalling only R.E.M. as the band with the most consistently ugly album covers. Appalling. And this book is a pointless, greedy poorly-designed cash-in.

  39. Guy says:

    It might be ‘Music for the masses’ but clearly only ‘Books for the rich’.

    • François HAMON says:

      Maybe taschen will reissue it in a more economical version after this first edition, as they do for some of their books.

  40. SimonP says:

    Riddle me this: if AC has been taking photos of DM since 1986, how are there pics of Vince Clarke in the book?

  41. Simonf says:

    Can I recommended Depeche Mode-Faith And Devotion by Ian Gittins. A full hardback book/biography to mark their 40th anniversary. Wonderfully well put together, a great read, full of photos, with each album given a full two page overview. All comes highly recommended, and is the perfect companion to the MODE album collection box set, and is at just £25, a snip! .

    • Lindsay says:

      Thanks Simon! Just ordered it for $25, Prime delivery on Tuesday. Didn’t bother to read much about it, I’m trusting your word (yeah yeah, only 2 left in stock = “pressure to move”). Cool.

  42. paul griffiths says:

    far too expensive….especially in a covid world……have a word with yourself anton

  43. Otto says:

    That is one hell of a stunning book. I’d love to look it trough but I never was into any music artists look or style, I like their music (and with Depeche Mode I love their music) so I’m fine. As an art book, from the look of it, it is a stunning collections of photo’s.

  44. Steve W says:

    Lovely book and if I was a huge fan I’d probably HAVE to have it.

  45. Iain Johnson says:

    I’m still attached to the chair I needed after discovering the price of this item … even for a DM fan of over 30 years … absolute insanity … who exactly is this aimed at that would pay such a sum ? …

  46. Fletchy Fletch says:

    Wow, that really is something special. You could almost argue AC made their career, he gave them an image & unique look. It’s impossible for him to take a bad picture!

    However, I can’t afford it, I probably could really but there’s no way I could justify that to the family in these economic times.

    I will buy the hopefully cheaper version when that comes out. Even that will be stunning.

    • Don says:

      When Taschen released their insanely awesome “Napoleon” set, I was bummed out, because Kubrick is one of my favorite directors and I wanted those books like nobody’s business. Then, a couple of years later, they released a more affordable, scaled-down version. They did the same thing a few years ago with their “2001: A Space Odyssey” book: a big-ass incredible special edition first, then later a single book edition.

      Like Fletchy Fletch, I’m hoping the same thing happens with this book.

  47. Klaus says:

    I love Anton Corbijn’s work, really enjoy books by Taschen and like the band Depeche Mode but not so much that i’d pay 750 EUR for this, not even with scribbles and in a clamshellbox.

    Usually Taschen cross-finances editions for the masses with these expensive SDEs so i’ll wait until this is re-released in a year or two for i guess somewhere in the range between 50 and 100 EUR.

  48. andrew r says:

    This discussion is the border between those who have and want to spend 750 on a DM item and those who harrumph about the cost . For lovers of beautiful things who have 750 in disposable income it’s a no brainier . It’s all about money really not the validity of the object . Ps I don’t have enough money but if I did I would buy it .

  49. Alex says:

    What a wonderful book! I’d love to have this but will wait for a regular edition to add to my other Anton Corbijn books.

    After spending around 550 euro for various Prince Sign Of The Times releases recently, there’s no more money left at the bank for this great collectors edition.

    Great video of Anton Corbijn presenting his book btw.

    Love your site Paul! Always looking forward to your new posts!

  50. Neil says:

    For that price I’d expect a far better cover with Vince and Alan’s signatures. Ooh I said it!

    Now, how about some deluxe reissues please!

    • Francois says:

      There are already deluxe reissues for all album from Speak and Spell to Exciter. With SACD and 5.1 mix, event though some of these surround mixes are not up to what you would expect (Walking in my shoes is particularly messy) they exist with extras (albeit all on a DVD). They were imperfect, but they were affordable, and some of these still are cheap on Discogs.

      • Klaus says:


        I bought these all in spring for prices between 15 and 20 EUR because i was interested in the 5.1-mixes and the documentaries and loved that they have the original artwork instead of the “Black pictures and writing on a black background”-mess that was the “Mode”-dice.

  51. Stan Butler says:

    Everything counts in large amounts.
    Guess I might have to wait until it turns up in my local library.

  52. Steve says:

    I would absolutely pick it up if it was signed by Alan & Vince as well.

  53. Fletchers Bass Synth says:

    These limited rock books are usually priced for elite collectors only and as others have said these look to be for investors or fans with the deepest pockets only. Does seem a bit sick to wave this in front of fans when so many people are facing financial struggles, if not ruin in 2020 – obviously the band don’t need the cash and I daresay the profits from this would barely cover a hotel bar bill for DM in the 90s. That said I presume Anton is the main beneficiary here and I’m aware rock photographers need to make a living too- so fair enough can’t begrudge him a pension but it would be a nice gesture to do a non-deluxe version for the DM faithful.

  54. DG says:

    I first heard about the book 2 days ago , how come the first 200 limited editions are sold out already. Did the true fans even get a chance to buy them ?

  55. Klaus says:

    I love Anton Corbijn’s work, enjoy most of the books from Taschen and like the band Depeche Mode but not so much that i’d need this in a 750 EUR edition with scribbles and a clamshell box.

    Normally Taschen finances more affordable editions for the masses with these limited SDEs and from experience i’d say that one or two years from now there will be a still beautiful edition of this for somewhere in the range between 50 and 100 EUR.

  56. Morten Andreas Aastad says:

    Not signed by Alan Wilder? Pass…

  57. Laura says:

    I have a deluxe book from Taschen, The Rise of Bowie. It also comes in a clamshell box and is signed by Bowie and Mick Rock. A thing of beauty, and one of my most prized possessions.

    If you’re so offended at the price clearly you’ve never owned a deluxe book, much less one from Taschen.

    • Vince says:

      Well said. I too have many expensive collectable signed books by the likes of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr etc. We all spend our money in different ways and have differing amounts. I enjoy my books and so it’s my prerogative to buy or not to buy. If they won’t sell, they won’t make them, so the market’s there.

  58. Derek says:

    Like all these things absurdly expensive but I believe they’ve sold well. I’ve been a fan since the early days but no more interested in this than I was that somewhat pointless boxset they released last year.

    I don’t think there are any plans for a sensible priced version

  59. Timm Davison says:

    In all seriousness, this book looks beautiful. But I have some of these art books (Factory Records, The Clash, etc) and I just don’t look at them that much. Difference is, most of them only cost 100-150 dollars. The publishers knew what they were doing, which is why they only made 1986 of these as signed, oversized hardbacks. If you have the money, buy a copy, sit on it, and sell it on in a decade, where it will probably be worth 4-5 times as much.
    Otherwise, wait, and a non-signed, non-hardcover edition will probably come out in six months or so for..100-150 dollars!

  60. musicnonstop says:

    Taschen is known for releasing pricy limited editions, before releasing regular affordable editions.

    I got confirmed today that a regular edition is to be expected, alas without revealing when. So it’s a question of time…

  61. Val says:

    Don’t worry, in six months they will release a standard edition for 40/50 quids.

  62. bertielego says:

    Such high-end coffee table book reminds me of Boy George’s “King Of Queens” (published by
    Kitchen Sink Publishing), which I am a proud owner of.

    Similiar (huge) size, similar quality of photographs/reproductions, similar box construction, similar price (at launch)… But at least it came with a 10″ pic disc with eight previously unreleased tracks, making the item certainly more attractive to the dedicated fan than just a bunch of signatures.

  63. Frédéric says:

    The laughter of the day for the price!!! . And guys it’s just paper eh !!!

  64. Gary Tilford says:

    WOW!! Really??? How can you justify that price of £750? That is rediculous. I have been a fan since 1981 but I have no intention of paying that sort of money for a signed book. I think the majority of DM fans will feel the same way. Most music fans begrudge paying between £150 to £200 for a super dupa box set so this is a no go for most people.

  65. Gerbrand says:

    Sold out already, damn.

  66. -SG- says:

    This looks really nice, but I will wait for one of those deal alerts before I buy.

  67. Dave's Old Hairgel says:

    Eh, Corbijn’s handwriting looks like it’d be difficult to read.
    And at that price, it’s not like I can cut out the pictures of cute “Early Dave” and blu-tack them to the wall like it was a hardback copy of Smash Hits.
    If Taschen have any sense, they’d realise some nice individual prints. That would be nice.

  68. Neil Parnell says:

    Taschen normally do smaller versions of these later on, usually at 150 pounds but will be on amazon from some sellers about 85 quid

  69. Michael McA says:

    Oh – might treat myself……..
    ……. Oh – no I won’t!

  70. Steven Lowe says:

    How many people clicked on the link, saw the price, laughed, and then moved on !

  71. Michael says:

    What an impressive book! It appears Anton Corbijn did a splendid job on this project. Being a big DM fan (and a fan of great photography), I wish it was in my budget this year to purchase a signed edition (I see they’re selling out quickly). For anyone who has the financial means, I think this Depeche Mode book would be a sound investment.

    I can attest to the fact that Taschen Publications makes some of the most elegant, high quality keepsake books in the world. I own a number of large art books from Taschen, and the limited print “The Rolling Stones” XXL book, which came housed in its own cardboard suitcase. I absolutely love Taschen books!

  72. Vladimir says:

    Beautiful book for sure. But 750 EUR for Collectors’ Edition Book or 1500 EUR for Collectors’ Edition Book + Print sign by A. Corbijn – no, thanks. Such price is not for the fans, it’s for investors in art business. Hope a cheaper edition will be out some day.

  73. Rob Sweater says:

    It is like with those very expensive items without a price tag in the shopwindow:

    If SDE doesn’t dare to write down the price of the item, it must be very expensive.

    Spoiler alert: the book costs 750 EUR.

  74. Michael Møller says:

    is there a cheaper non signed version? 750 euros is quite alot i think and i dont really care for it to be signed

  75. Gary Hunter says:

    £750 ……Jesus!!

  76. Bridge says:

    $900 ??!!! LOL

    • Joel Ivins says:

      right?…someone must be having money issues with all this quarantining and decided that cranking the price up that high would bail him out…real shame, but oh well.

    • Bridge says:

      Further to this, I have been a diehard fan since 1981 and have a huge collection of DM vinyl going way back and seen them live pretty much every tour since 1989. What shocks me is that those editions with the print going for $1700 (then add the exchange rate and duty for Canada!) are already sold out! I agree with Vladimir, these are for the art collectors.

  77. Tom says:

    Wow. Looks amazing.
    Have been a fan of DM since seeing New Life on TOTP.
    But, thinking of all the music I could buy for £750 (e.g. all the 12″ box sets of all the albums), I will keep my hands in my pocket and hope that the book comes out in a cheaper, unsigned edition in due course.

  78. Bojidar says:

    Dear Paul, do you know if there will be a standard edition of the book later on?

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