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PostSubject: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:12 pm

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Tributes paid to Pink Floyd album artist Storm Thorgerson

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is among the artists who have praised album artwork designer Storm Thorgerson, who has died aged 69.

In a statement, he recalled his "great ideas and high, sometimes infuriatingly high, standards".

Mason said the artist - whose work included The Dark Side of the Moon - was a "tireless worker right up to the end".

Vocalist Dave Gilmour called him "an inseparable part of our work".

The childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief, fashioning a string of eye-catching creations.

Mason said: "Two days before he passed away, and by then completely exhausted, he was still demanding approval for artwork and haranguing his loyal assistants."

He said the artist was a "dear friend to all of us, our children, our wives (and the exes); endlessly intellectual and questioning; breathtakingly late for appointments and meetings, but once there, invaluable for his ideas, humour, and friendship".

Thorgerson credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse.

His family released a statement saying he died peacefully on Thursday surrounded by family and friends.

"He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003," it said.

"He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia."

Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour said: "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."


'Simple idea'

A statement on the Pink Floyd.com official site said: "We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died.

"Our thoughts are with his family and many friends."

Thorgerson began his career with UK design group Hipgnosis, founded in the late 1960s and his distinctive style made him one of the industry's most recognisable artists.

Among his Pink Floyd covers, there was the mournful-looking cow on the front of Atom Heart Mother, the burning businessman on the sleeve of Wish You Were Here, the giant pig flying over Battersea Power Station and the prism spreading a spectrum of colour across The Dark Side Of The Moon.

He told the BBC in 2009: "It's a nice but simple idea. Refracting light through a prism is a common feature in nature, as in a rainbow. I would like to claim it, but unfortunately it's not mine!"

The idea was sparked by Pink Floyd's keyboard player, the late Richard Wright, he explained.

"He said, somewhat provocatively, 'Let's not have one of your photos, we've had your photos before. Can't we have a change? A cool graphic - something smart, tidy, elegant.'"

Fans and artists, including Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp, also took to Twitter to express their sadness - The Telegraph's rock critic Neil McCormack tweeted: "RIP Storm Thorgerson. The pig has flown."

Blur guitarist Graham Coxon said simply: "Storm X".
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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:26 pm

Probably my all-time favorite album cover artist. He was a legend.

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:34 pm

I agree completely. I'm not sure if he had been active through all these years; but I thought that in addition to his classics, some of his 2000s covers were also awesome: the two he did for The Mars Volta, and the two he did for Muse.

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:04 pm

Oh, man... Shocked R.I.P.
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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:44 pm

I knew he did the Floyd covers and the Alan Parsons cover but I didn't realize he did the cover for Peter Gabriel's "melting face" album. Not only is that a great cover but I love that album too. RIP

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:52 pm

R.I.P.
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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:46 pm



Scorpions Eye to Eye unused cover.
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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:15 am

A lot of people sing crap about how bad the Lovedrive album art is; I always found it enigmatic and arresting. Awesome artist. Always loved the Hipgnosis work.
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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:47 am

Amazing artist with a unique perspective whose immense talent and vision will be missed.

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:24 am

That's a bummer. He did some amazing work.

Anthrax's Stomp 442 was one of his:


Also Bruce Dickinson's Skunkworks:


...and Styx's Cyclorama, which is the coolest album cover ever to feature a giant carrot.

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:44 am

Fat Freddy wrote:
That's a bummer. He did some amazing work.

Anthrax's Stomp 442 was one of his:


I remember when that album first came out (in those dark days before widespread internet usage), people were saying that nude dude was Scott Ian. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:45 am




I have this on my wall. headbanger headbanger
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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:55 am

MetalGuy71 wrote:
Fat Freddy wrote:
That's a bummer. He did some amazing work.

Anthrax's Stomp 442 was one of his:


I remember when that album first came out (in those dark days before widespread internet usage), people were saying that nude dude was Scott Ian. Razz

Laughing very hard Never heard that, but I do remember there being a bit of a stink when the first Audioslave album came out (the cover of which was also designed by Storm), and people noticed its resemblance to Stomp 442.


Maybe Storm figured "Sh*t, that Anthrax record only sold about a dozen copies, nobody saw it...who's gonna know if I repeat myself?"

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:59 am

I also remember some website (The Onion maybe?) posting both of those covers together with the headline, "Nude Man Completes Scrap Metal Project, Finds His Clothes".

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:02 am

MetalGuy71 wrote:
I also remember some website (The Onion maybe?) posting both of those covers together with the headline, "Nude Man Completes Scrap Metal Project, Finds His Clothes".

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Laughing very hard Yeah, that sounds like The Onion.

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:08 am

Also the 'Slip, Stitch And Pass' cover in case more yarn is needed. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:14 am

Orion Crystal Ice wrote:
Also the 'Slip, Stitch And Pass' cover in case more yarn is needed. lol!



Laughing very hard So is it safe to say that Storm Thorgerson's album cover work had a lot of balls?

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Storm Thorgerson   Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:20 am

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So is it safe to say that Storm Thorgerson's album cover work had a lot of balls?

Ya know, now that you mentioned it...








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