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For the Love of Vinyl: The Album Art of Hipgnosis
Hipgnosis was the biggest and best graphic design firm for the biggest and best bands of the 60s and 70s. Formed by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell in London in 1968 (with the addition of Throbbing Gristle's Peter Christopherson in 1974), Hipgnosis specialized in creative photography for the music business, making classic album covers for bands and musicians like Pink F ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Picturebox, Inc.
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this book deserves four stars simply for its great design and layout, the texture of the cover & the quality of the reproductions. Hipgnosis' output itself, is hit or miss for me, though its hits - Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon , Animals , Ummagumma , XTC's Go 2 , Peter Gabriel 2 among them, are so amazing, they are rightfully called genius.
I picked this up at Domy in Austin... it was one of those deign/record collector nerd combo books that almost made my head explode. A retrospective of Hipgnosis's work, which basically adds up to a mind blowing collection of classic record covers. Check it out if it's your sort of thing.