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Design company Hipgnosis – Anton Corbijn documentary

The record cover design company Hipgnosis set the standard for striking record covers from the late 1960s, first with their covers for Pink Floyd.


It was actually Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett who came up with the name "Hipgnosis" when Barrett shared an apartment with Hipgnosis owners Aubrey (Po´) Powell and Storm Thorgerson in the "Summer of Love" hippie year of 1967.


Hipgnosis' most famous record cover is Pink Floyd's "Dark side of the Moon" from 1973, complete with posters and stickers.





Along the way, Hipgnosis collaborated with, among others, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, AC/DC, Paul McCartney, T-Rex, ELO, 10CC, Black Sabbath, Peter Frampton, Rolling Stones, The Who and many other lesser-known artists.


Hipgnosis record covers were, in many ways, stand-alone, modern graphic works of art.


The Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn, who himself has been central in cover design and video creation for, among others, U2 and Depeche Mode, has interviewed Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Noel Gallagher, Nick Mason and Aubrey Powell for the new the documentary. Storm Thorgerson passed away in 2013.


Corbijn has made a large number of music videos, the documentary about Captain Beefheart/ Don van Vliet ("Some you you stuff"/ 1994) and the feature film about Joy Division's singer Ian Curtis ("Control"/ 2007). In later years he worked extensively with regular feature films and has published a large number of photo books.



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