Friday, 19 April 2013

Britain is no longer a country for and says "Goodbye" to an old album cover designer called Storm Thorgerson

Storm, graphic designer behind some of the most memorable record album covers of all time has died aged 69.

What you possibly didn't know about Storm, that he :

* was born in Potters Bar in Middlesex, went to Brunswick Primary School, Cambridge and Cambridgeshire High School for Boys' where he met the later founders of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett and Roger Waters with whom he played rugby.

* left school and studied English and Philosophy at the University of Leicester and then Film and Television at the Royal College of Art.

* began his career with design group 'Hipgnosis' in the late 1960s and became Pink Floyd's designer-in-chief, most famously creating the prism spreading a spectrum of colour across the cover of 'The Dark Side of the Moon', which became one of the bestselling albums of all time.

* produced the lonesome-looking cow on the cover of 'Atom Heart Mother', the burning businessman on the sleeve of 'Wish You Were Here' and the giant pig flying over Battersea power station on the cover of 'Animals'.
* never made things easy for his clients, presenting his ideas with a few clues as to the meaning of the work thrown in every now and again and  images produced which were unrelated to the original brief, hated by some, like Paul McCartney and appreciated by others like Peter Gabriel, who enjoyed the mind games and the banter.

Pink Floyd guitarist and singer Dave Gilmour said that Storm's artwork for the band had been :
'an inseparable part of our work'.

'We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed. He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will miss him.'

Storm talking about his work :

So Britain's old baby boomers say "thanks" to Storm for his visual puns, conundrums and strange narratives with everything built and photographed in situ to a size determined by the idea. No fakery and no Photoshop.

His :
  • man by the sea pulling a 20ft-high ball of string
  • giant eye peering ominously over a naked shoulder in some parched badland
  • thirty telegraph poles in a straight line with a person sitting cross-legged on the top of each one
  • hundreds of hospital beds spread across a beach
  • red footballs in the dunes of the Sahara desert
  • an underwater ballet, performed in a corporation swimming pool
  • two elegant ladies wearing cerise onions for ball gowns
  • two huge stone statues the size of Easter Island figures facing each other and in the distance,  Ely Cathedral. 

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