Posted in music on April 18, 2013

by Bill Pearis

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Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, the band's management has confirmed.

A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief, fashioning a string of eye-catching creations.

Most-famously he designed the prism spreading a spectrum of colour across The Dark Side Of The Moon.

His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse.

His family released a statement saying he died peacefully on Thursday surrounded by family and friends.

"He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003," it said.

"He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia."

Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour released a statement in which he said the artworks Thorgerson created for the band had been "an inseparable part of our work". - [BBC]

As one-third of groundbreaking graphic design company Hipgnosis, Storm Thorgerson helped create some of the most iconic album covers of the '70s and early-'80s (hell, ever), including T-Rex's Electric Warrior, Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Peter Gabriel's third album (the melty one), not to mention most of the art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. When that company disolved in 1987, Thorgerson formed Storm Studios and continued working with Pink Floyd, as well as doing covers for Catherine Wheel, Muse, Ween, Audioslave and many more. Rest in peace, Storm.

Most of his work with Hipgnosis can be seen here and a couple video interviews with Storm are below.

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Comments (15)

Storm Thorgerson was one of my lifelong gold pass idols. Such a bummer.

Posted by Klaus Kinski | April 18, 2013 5:36 PM

fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2013 5:37 PM

THE MAN

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2013 5:46 PM

This guy ruled. Sucks that album art is so secondary nowadays.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2013 6:29 PM

RIP Storm

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2013 6:36 PM

Loved getting a 'mini-poster' back when you bought LPs or when CDs were wrapped in a ton of cardboard.

RIP Storm

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2013 6:51 PM

Super iconic work. Timeless. I tip my hat to thee.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2013 8:26 PM

Wow. Amazing shit. Brilliant graphic artist.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2013 10:10 PM

Awesome work. I stared at the Peter Gabriel "Melt" cover for hours. RIP Storm. He had an amazing name too.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2013 7:54 AM

i like it fuck.

Posted by enda | April 19, 2013 7:57 AM

His mom survived him, sad. Odd.

Posted by Mango Pants(!) | April 19, 2013 9:05 AM

amazing body of work. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2013 10:22 AM

so many great covers :(
RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2013 10:22 AM

I'm raising my chalice of soymilk for you, Storm.

Hipgnosis was THE shit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2013 11:26 PM

What an inspiration! This man has left a legacy.
The person who chose to play Time and Eriatarka in the background needs a big fucking pat on the back.

Posted by Legasia | September 26, 2014 2:44 PM

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