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The Man Behind Dark Side of the Moon Cover Art, Storm Thorgerson Dies Aged 69

Published 10 years ago on April 19, 2013

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

The Man Behind Dark Side of the Moon Cover Art Dies Aged69 -

The man responsible for arguably the most iconic album artworkof all time, Storm Thorgerson, has died aged69.

Throgerson prominent and illustrious career saw him work with someof the world's biggest bands designing album art for the likes ofPink Floyd, Led Zeppelin,Black Sabbath, Anthrax and morerecently for Dream Theater, Museand The Mars Volta.

Born in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire on 28th February 1944 heattended Summerhill School in Cambridge along with PinkFloyd founders Syd Barrett andRoger Waters.

After graduating from University with both a Bachelor of Artsdegree with honours and a Master of Arts degree he became a keymember of the renowned graphic art group Hipgnosis, and designedmany of their most famous single and album covers includingPink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon.' In1987, following the dissolution of Hipgnosis in 1983, Thorgersonformed his own design studio called Storm Studios.

Many of his designs are notable for their surreal elements whichwould usually feature objects out of their traditional context,usually with vast spaces around them to give an awkward appearancewhile highlighting their beauty.

Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist DaveGilmour said of Strom:

"We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep'sGreen, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always bethere holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas andenthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed.

"He has been a constant force in my life, both at work andin private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will misshim."

A post on the official Pink Floyd website called him a"graphic genius."

 


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