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Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013)

"Many people agree that Storm Thorgerson is the best album designer in the world. Look at the evidence. By which I mean look at your collection of LPs." Douglas Adams from ’Eye of the Storm’ 2000.

He began Hipgnosis with Aubrey Powell in the 60’s, more by chance than anything, and ended up designing album covers for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis and many others. In 1983 he turned to videos by forming Green Back Films with Po and Peter Christopherson, and making clips for Paul Young, Yes, Robert Plant and Nik Kershaw, before disbanding in 1985. He later joined PMI, Harry Films and Lee Lacy and has been making films ever since. 

Born, if that’s the word, in Potters Bar, Middlesex in 1944. Moved through Grays in Essex and Whitley Bay in Northumberland and settled in Cambridge. Educated at A.S. Neill’s Summerhill, the original free school. Disturbed early years were followed by exciting teenage life in the early 1960’s, in Cambridge, from which emerged several artists and musicians including Pink Floyd.  Adolescence blighted only by parents’ divorce. Dedicated student for six years reading English at Leicester University and then studying Film and TV at the Royal College of Art.

Storm has written and produced some of the most essential books on album cover design ever, including ’Walk Away Renee’, ’Mind Over Matter’ and ’Eye of the Storm’. Many say that Storm Thorgerson could genuinely claim to be the 6th member of Pink Floyd, certainly his visuals for them and others have played an essential part in the psyche of rock and roll culture.

Sadly Storm passed away in April 2013, Rockarchive is honoured to showcase his work.

 

Pink Floyd (PFLO015ST)

Pink Floyd

Alternative version cover art for Pink Floyd's fifth studio album Atom Heart Mother (known as Wire Cow - or Why A Cow?)

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Pink Floyd (PFLO021ST)

Pink Floyd

Alternative version of the album cover for Division Bell, subtly different from the iconic original

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Alan Parsons (ALPA001ST)

Alan Parsons

'I took the notion of an idea, that of a light bulb above a head'. Cover artwork for Alan Parson's second album On Air

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Alan Parsons (ALPA002ST)

Alan Parsons

'I imagined the great bungee jumpers of the sky dropping in '. Cover art for Alan Parson's 1993 album Try Anything Once

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Blinker the Star (BLIN001ST)

Blinker the Star

Cover artwork for Blinker The Star's third album, August Everywhere, shot by Storm Thorgerson

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Catherine Wheel (CAWH001ST)

Catherine Wheel

'Identical shapes, one mirror, one picture, one window. How would you know which was which? 'Cover art for Catherine Wheel's album Wishville

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Catherine Wheel (CAWH002ST)

Catherine Wheel

Cover art for Catherine Wheel's 2000 single Gasoline created using 300 8x6" colour prints temporarily attached to silver birch trees.

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Cranberries, The (CRAN001ST)

The Cranberries

The cover art for The Cranberries single 'Promises' designed by Storm Thorgerson in 1999.

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Deepest Blue (DBLU001ST)

Deepest Blue

Album cover for Deepest Blue's 1994 release 'Is it a Sin' designed by Storm Thorgerson

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Ian Dury (DURY001ST)

Ian Dury

Artwork for Ian Dury's 'Reasons to be Cheerful' designed in 2001 by Storm Thorgerson

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Mars Volta (MVOL001ST)

Mars Volta

Album artwork for Mars Volta's 'De-loused in the Comatorium' from 2003 designed by Storm Thorgerson and set in West London

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Mars Volta (MVOL002ST)

Mars Volta

Album cover for Mars Volta's 'Frances the Mute' created in Bedfordshire, UK in 2004 by Storm Thorgerson

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Muse (MUSE001ST)

Muse

Cover artwork for Muse's 'Butterflies and Hurricanes' released in 2004 and designed by Storm Thorgerson

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Muse (MUSE002ST)

Muse

Alternative version of cover artwork for Muse's 2006 album 'Black Holes & Revelations' designed by Storm Thorgerson

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Nigel Kennedy (KSPI001ST(

Nigel Kennedy

Intended album cover for Nigel Kennedy's 'Kreisler' released in 1998 and designed by Storm Thorgerson

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O.A.R. (OREV001ST)

O.A.R (Of A Revolution)

Cover artwork for O.A.R's 2005 album 'Stories of a Stranger' designed by Storm Thorgerson

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Offspring (OSPR001ST)

Offspring

'What more likely family to splinter than a glass family'. Commissioned for Offspring's 2003 album Splinter

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Offspring (OSPR002ST)

Offspring

'I envisaged the splinter as a sharp moon about to pierce the heart of a lover' Commissioned for Offspring's 2003 album Splinter

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Phish (PHIS001ST)

Phish

'I thought of improvisation as a large ball of string (a melody as yet unravelled)'. Cover art for Phish's 1997 album Slip Stitch and Pass

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Pink Floyd (PFLO001ST)

Pink Floyd

The idea of beds for the Momentary Lapse cover came from a line of lyric - ‘Visions of an empty bed’ (Yet Another Movie)

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Pink Floyd (PFLO002ST)

Pink Floyd

This stark image was a poster designed to promote the Pink Floyd exhibition, Interstellar, at the Paris Cité De La Musique in October 2003.

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Pink Floyd (PFLO003ST)

Pink Floyd

Inner sleeve artwork for Pink Floyd's album Wish You Were Here. The nude woman in the inner sleeve is absent from first viewing

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Pink Floyd (PFLO004ST)

Pink Floyd

Cover art for the live single of Wish You Were Here. 'What you see is what you get - two lost souls, swimming in a fish bowl'

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Pink Floyd (PFLO005ST)

Pink Floyd

Alternative version of the image designed to advertise the Pink Floyd back catalogue in 1997 designed by Storm Thorgerson

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Pink Floyd (PFLO006ST)

Pink Floyd

Alternative version of the cover artwork for Pink Floyd's 1994 album 'Division Bell' designed by Storm Thorgerson

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Pink Floyd (PFLO007ST)

Pink Floyd

Version of the Interstellar poster art devised for the 2003 Pink Floyd exhibition in Paris

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Pink Floyd (PFLO020ST)

Pink Floyd

Alternative version of Interstellar poster artwork created for the 2003 Pink Floyd exhibition in Paris

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Pink Floyd (PFLO022ST)

Pink Floyd

Variant of the album cover for Division Bell using alternative Stone Heads

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Rick Wright (RWRI001ST)

Rick Wright

The artwork for Richard Wright, fabled keyboard player from popular rock and roll ensemble Pink Floyd, 1996 solo album Broken China.

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Thornley (THOR001ST)

Thornley

Cover art for Thornley's 2004 debut album 'Come Again' designed by Storm Thorgerson and shot in Weston Super Mare, UK

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Yumi Matsutoya (YUMI001ST)

Yumi Matsutoya

Cover artwork for Yumi Matsutoya's 2003 single Setsugekka. 'A girl sinking under the weight of her memories'

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