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Taken by Storm: The Album Art of Storm Thorgerson [Paperback]

Storm Thorgerson , Peter Curzon

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Oct. 30 2007 1846096677 978-1846096679 1

Storm Thorgerson is perhaps known best as the designer of Pink Floyd album covers. However, this fabulous book shows that Storm, together with Aubrey Powell, was at the center of the Seventies music world, translating the music of the best and biggest ban


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Storm Thorgerson is the English artist who was was a key member of the British graphic art group known as Hipgnosis. He designed many of the most famous album covers of all time, including Pink Floyd's instantly-recognizable Dark Side Of The Moon. He's directed numerous rock videos, long forms, commericals and TV documentaries. He continues to design covers for Phish, Ian Dury, Cranberries, Pink Floyd, Catherine Wheel, Alan Parsons, and others. He lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars For Art and Music fans! Feb. 8 2008
By A. B. Crain - Published on Amazon.com
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Taken By Storm is a great collection of works by my favorite artist/designer Storm Thorgerson. He gives insights into where ideas came from, how elements of pictures came to be, and which ones held special meanings. Storm also includes many that were made, but NOT used by the bands in question (and therefore previously unseen by the public). Storm went to great lengths to get just the right set-up in just the right place, with just the right lighting...a testimony to his dedication to this form of art. Fans of Pink Floyd, The Cranberries, Catherine Wheel, Mars Volta, Led Zepplin, and others will be zapped into Storm's world, captivated, and sometimes shocked by what they find there as they are taken by Storm...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! April 23 2008
By Singslinger - Published on Amazon.com
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For music fans, this is a magnificent treat. Storm Thorgerson's Hipgnosis was responsible for some of the most quirky, eye-catching album cover art of the past 30+ years and this book gives an insight into the thinking that went behind some of these classic covers. (Pink Floyd fans however, might also want to read "Mind over Matter'' for fuller details of the covers done by Hipgnosis - they did all except The Wall). Better yet, Thorgerson dry wit and oh-so-English sense of humor permeates his writing, which means the text as well as the pics will entertain the reader - a real bonus. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! March 12 2008
By the curry eaters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Taken By..." meaning this book focuses on the amazing surreal imagery of Storm Thorgerson, rather than the finished product (i.e., album cover) itself. So, the book is geared more toward photography than a graphic design point of view. Recommended for all album art book collectors (a dying breed itself!).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book!! Nov. 5 2007
By GDMF - Published on Amazon.com
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Storm Thorgerson is the artist that designed many classic and current rock album covers.
This book is a facinating review of many of the album covers and how they were made.
I recommend this book for any fan of Rock or commercial art.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taken by Storm, Storm Thorgerson (Omnibus Press) Dec 31 2009
By BlogOnBooks - Published on Amazon.com
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When it coves to the (dying) art of the album cover, there are designers and there is Storm Thorgerson. As the mainman behind England's legendary art production house Hipgnosis, Thorgerson led the way with many of the most famous album covers of the 70's and 80's. Led Zeppelin, 10cc and most notably Pink Floyd all used Thorgerson to conjure up images that were both surreal and cerebral and lent an enormous aire of importance to both the artist and the music inside. From Ummagumma to Houses of the Holy to the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway to Dark Side of the Moon (!), Thorgerson's work put these albums on the highest of pedestal's, and deservedly so. (Even his recent work with Muse, Mars Volta and Audioslave bears his completely unique imprint to this day.) In this, his latest collection, the artist recalls the tales that went into each piece of work with insight and absolute candor. And some of the stories of how these remarkable images were created are quite revealing and downright legendary! (Did you know, for example, that Led Zeppelin had another name for the `Prescence' album until they saw Storm's work with `the object', that wasn't an object at all, but rather a hole - something not `present' at all!) We had the occasion to meet up with Thorgerson the other night at a gallery opening in Hollywood and suffice it to say that we were blown away by the assembled images that when combined together represent one man's remarkable achievement. For those who will miss the touring show (this time, it's the complete artworks of Pink Floyd) if you have any interest in what was once a most important field - album cover art - do not miss `Taken by Storm.' We surely were. Tim Devine

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