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The Complete Hipgnosis Catalogue

  1. Aubrey Powell
  2. Foreword by Peter Gabriel
  • ISBN 9780500519325
  • 24.00 x 20.00 cm
  • PLC
  • 320pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 2017

The complete catalogue of seminal design collective Hipgnosis, showcasing ground-breaking cover art created for the all-time greatest rock & roll bands, including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd

‘Think of iconic album covers, and one name immediately springs to mind – Hipgnosis … this beautifully crafted and presented book [contains] everything you need to know about this astonishing creative team’ – The Afterword
‘Their trailblazing sleeves … were so effective that they framed listeners’ perception of a the act, making them seem sexy, profound, enigmatic, other-worldly or impossibly cool – usually all at the same time’– The Economist: 1843

Vinyl Album Cover Art

The complete, definitive and never-before-published catalogue of Hipgnosis, 'Vinyl • Album • Cover • Art' finally does justice to the work of the most important design collective in music history, which, according to Roddy Bogawa, director of the documentary 'Taken by Storm' (2011), ‘designed half your record collection’.

Founded in 1967 by Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and Peter Christopherson, Hipgnosis gained legendary status in graphic design, transforming the look of album art forever and winning five Grammy nominations for package design.

Their revolutionary cover art moved away from the conventional group shots favoured by record companies of the day, resulting in the ground-breaking, often surreal designs which define the albums of many of the biggest names in the history of popular music: 10cc, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Syd Barrett, Throbbing Gristle, T. Rex, Wings, Yes and XTC, to name but a few.

Arranged chronologically, 'Vinyl • Album • Cover • Art' features stunning reproductions of every single Hipgnosis cover – 372 in total – coupled with detailed information by Po and Storm Thorgerson on the artworks and the compelling stories behind their creation. Additional contributions by Peter Gabriel, Marcus Bradbury, and Pentagram’s Harry Pearce provide engrossing insights into the way these incredible artworks came into being; place the covers in context; and reflect on their enduring impact on album design.

A highly accessible stand-alone volume, 'Vinyl • Album • Cover • Art' will also make the perfect pop partner to the groundbreaking 'Hipgnosis | Portraits' (2014) with its rare revelations and behind-the-scenes photography.