Beyoncé Releases Huge, $300 Coffee Table Book About The Making Of 'Lemonade'
Lemonade was more than a studio LP. It was a cultural touchstone that espoused a singular vision of artistry—it was written as a concept album that touched on womanhood and black identity (among many other topics), and it came with an hour-long film that provided some of the most impactful images to be associated with pop culture. The venture, helmed by Beyoncé, was backed by a sprawling number of producers, musicians, stylists, writers, directors, among others.
As such, there was a lot skimming beneath the 2016 album, and now we'll get a full view of the inner workings, as Beyoncé has released a 600 page coffee table book (they call it a "tome") that'll touch on the thinking behind Lemonade.
As detailed at Vogue, the book will be something of a pictorial encyclopedia that dives into everything from the Laolu Senbanjo Yoruba body painting featured in the “Sorry” music video, to the Gucci wardrobe in "Formation," to a head wrap that provides commentary on Louisiana’s Tignon laws, which resulted from racist social hierarchies. The L.A. Times adds that the book will also include poetry by British writer Warsan Shire and a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson, the academic and radio host. Queen Bey's website says that the singer's personal writings are also interspersed throughout the book.
The price tag is set at $300. If you think that's too much for a coffee table book, just know that the package will also come with a double LP vinyl of Lemonade, as well as downloads for the audio and visual albums. Put together, these items are packaged as the "How to Make Lemonade Boxset." You can order it here.