Hipgnosis Portraits

10cc • AC/DC • Black Sabbath • Foreigner • Genesis • Led Zeppelin • Pink Floyd • Queen • The Rolling Stones • The Who • Wings

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A journey into the archives of the most important design agency in music history.

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ISBN: 9780500517635 Category:

Aubrey Powell

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In just fifteen years, Hipgnosis (Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey Po Powell and Peter Christopherson) established themselves as the most important design collective in music history. Their innovative cover art defines the albums of the biggest names of the late 1960s, 70s and early 80s: AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, T. Rex, Wings, Yes and XTC, to name just a few.

Their iconic designs including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy grace a staggering number of major releases. Their boundary-breaking conceptual approach earned them five Grammy nominations for package design, and their influence today can be seen in all creative fields from advertising to fashion.

This book is divided into two main sections: Part I, ‘Imagination’, tells the story behind the cover artwork from germination through to the final sleeve design, supported by a wide array of archival materials and text from Aubrey Powell. Part II, ‘Realization’, showcases the band portraits themselves, whether album covers or otherwise, in beautiful, large-scale reproductions. Both sections are arranged alphabetically and cross-referenced throughout.

Additional information

Weight 2118 g
Dimensions 25.7 x 30.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 20 October 2014
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.7 x 30.7 cm
Weight 2118 g
Aubrey Powell co-founded the design agency Hipgnosis with the late Storm Thorgerson in 1967. In 1989, Powell was made creative director for The Paul McCartney World Tour, designing the stage set, video wall and filmed images. He is the creative director for Pink Floyd, with whom he is currently working on the forthcoming V&A exhibition 'Their Mortal Remains'.