So many times there are huge influences on our society and culture that we just don’t know about. The Tony Batman’s A Entertainment News crew cold not name Storm Thorgerson by name from the list of people that were part of our cultures influence, but he sure was a big part of it… Hey Storm, we will see you on the Dark Side of The Moon…… Read Much More Below
Chances are you’re picturing a luminous triangle on a black background, with a single ray of light coming from one end and a neat rainbow emerging from the dispersive prism.
The cover of Dark Side of the Moon is one of many striking statements in pop culture made by the designer Storm Thorgerson, who was a key member of the creative team known as Hipgnosis that lasted from 1968 to 1983.
Thorgerson and main Hipgnosis partner Aubrey “Po” Powell are part of a rarefied elite responsible for powerful icons for generations of music fans who witnessed the evolution of the long-playing record album in the second half of the 20th century. Their names might be less known to the public at large or to many in the established museum/gallery art world, but it’s inconceivable to think anyone has been unexposed to — and unimpressed by — their commercial design work for record companies.
Try to think of the Blue Note jazz records without thinking of Reid Miles‘ inventive covers. Or of the Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band without Peter Blake‘s pop art installation. Or of the Sex Pistols without Jamie Reid’s deceptively DIY graphics, or of Joy Division without Peter Saville’s sober aesthetics.
Hipgnosis’ heyday of the early to mid-1970s coincided with a sort of golden age for album cover design, helped by three factors: a period of growth in the music industry, as bigger sales translated into bigger design budgets; a post-psychedelic obsession with expansive gatefold covers and elaborate and often baffling “concepts”; and the rise of the often comically grandiose prog-rock genre.
If you’re a music fan, the odds are high you have some Hipgnosis designs in your collection, and if you’re between the ages of 50 and 70, you probably have an entire shelf: pretty much anything by Pink Floyd (including the famous handshake on fire forWish You Were Here), several Led Zeppelin albums (Houses of the Holy, In Through the Out Door, Presence), 10cc, Wings, Peter Gabriel and his distorted faces, the occasional Black Sabbath and AC/DC, Genesis, Hawkwind and Electric Light Orchestra.
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