Master of Covers

about Storm Thorgerson

This is a great story filled with hypnotic surreal elements. It starts in 1968, when Storm Thorgerson, along with Aubrey Powell, founds the graphic art group Hipgnosis, and between them they design many famous single and album covers, with Peter Christopherson joining them for their later commissions. In 1983, following the dissolution of Hipgnosis, Storm and Aubrey form Greenback Films, producing music videos.

Born in Potters Bar, Middlesex — now part of Hertfordshire —, Storm attended Summerhill School, Brunswick Primary School in Cambridge, and the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys with Pink Floyd founders Syd Barrett, who was in the year below him, and Roger Waters, who was in the year above him. Storm and Roger played rugby together at school, while their mothers were close friends. He studied English and Philosophy at the University of Leicester, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours, before studying Film and Television at the Royal College of Art, where he graduated with a Master of Arts degree. He was a teenage friend of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and best man at David’s wedding to Polly Samson in 1994.







In the early nineties, Storm inaugurated StormStudios along with Peter Curzon—a loose group of freelancers. The line up included Rupert Truman, Finlay Cowan, Daniel Abbott, Lee Baker, and Jerry Sweet along with Storm’s personal assistants, Laura Truman, and Charlotte Barnes, and then later Silvia Ruga.

After his death, in London on 18 April 2013, David Gilmour released a statement describing him as “a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on, and a great friend”. A post on the official Pink Floyd website called him a “graphic genius”. Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason said that he was a “tireless worker right up to the end”. He realized covers for rock artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nik Kershaw, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Yes, Al Stewart, Europe, Catherine Wheel, Bruce Dickinson, Dream Theater, Anthrax, The Cranberries, The Mars Volta, Muse, The Alan Parsons Project, Helloween, Biffy Clyro, Rival Sons and many others.












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