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Pink Floyd Album Cover Designer Storm Thorgerson Dies Aged 69

Posted April 18th, 2013 by PFO Staff

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British graphic designer was responsible for some of the most memorable album artwork of all time

Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Storm Thorgerson, the British graphic designer behind some of the most memorable album covers of all time, including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69.

Pink Floyd Album Covers Designed by Thorgerson

A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) Ummagumma (1969) Atom Heart Mother (1970) The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) Wish You Were Here (1975) Animals (1977) A Collection of Great Dance Songs (1981)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988) The Division Bell (1994) P*U*L*S*E (1995), including the blinking LED light that was featured in early CD packaging. Relics re-release (1996) Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81 (2000) Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001)

Thorgerson designed almost all albums in Pink Floyd’s catalog.

In a statement, Thorgerson’s family said:

Yes, Storm has died. He passed away, on Thursday 18th April in the afternoon. His ending was peaceful and he was 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. He was in his 70th year. He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia.

A childhood friend of the founding members of Pink Floyd, he became their designer-in-chief, most famously creating the prism spreading a spectrum of colour across the cover of The Dark Side of the Moon, which became one of the bestselling albums of all time. His artwork for the band also included the lonesome-looking cow on the cover of Atom Heart Mother, the burning businessman on the sleeve of Wish You Were Here, and the giant pig flying over Battersea power station on the cover of Animals.

Storm Thorgerson – Did you know…

  • Many have called him ‘the 6th member of Pink Floyd’
    Certainly his visuals for Pink Floyd and others have played an essential part in the psyche of rock and roll culture.
  • He was a life-long friend of the Floyd
    Storm Thorgerson first met future members of Pink Floyd while all of them were schoolboys in Cambridge. Was teenage friends with David Gilmour and best man at his 1994 wedding to Polly Samson. The most recent work he did for Floyd was the ‘Oh, by the Way‘ box set released in 2007. Thorgerson also designed the ‘Shine On‘ 1992 box set.
  • Many of his designs are notable for their surreal elements
    They often look like drawings, or that they must be computer altered in some way or another, but in reality are actual photographs where no camera tricks or after effects were used. For example, for the cover of Wish You Were Here, the man on the right is a real person, who was actually set on fire.
  • He had an expansive body of work
    In addition to designing almost all Pink Floyd’s official releases, Thorgerson also designed album covers for other notable bands including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Phish, and others. Author Douglas Adams (‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’) called him “the best album designer in the world”

David Gilmour said in a statement:

We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep’s Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed. He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work. I will miss him.

The official Pink Floyd website also has a statement:

“We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.”

Source
The Guardian

Official Sites
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Pink Floyd
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7 comments on the “Pink Floyd Album Cover Designer Storm Thorgerson Dies Aged 69” page

  1. April 19th, 2013 at 6:13 am


    gary gehringer

    other great one left the blue marble.r.i..p. storm.from captain nemo.

  2. April 19th, 2013 at 2:03 pm


    Matej Metlikovič

    Atom Heart Mother was my first Pink Floyd Lp record which I got in april 1971. I was absolutely touched by the music and amazed by it’s cover. I still love to look at it and listen to the fantastic music. Even my 18 months old granddaughter loves to look at “those cows” and also to The Dark Side of the Moon abstract cover.
    A lot of thanks to Storm! R.I.P., have a great Gig in the sky!

  3. April 20th, 2013 at 3:04 am


    clgehrke

    Thanks Storm – My favorite is the Animals artwork (and the stuff inside). Now you are flying with Pigs on Wing!

  4. April 20th, 2013 at 10:26 am


    ravi

    storm,syd and rick have left the dark side may they be in peace on the flip side.
    all in all it was just another brick in the wall.

  5. April 22nd, 2013 at 12:17 pm


    Melissa Wright

    Sorry to hear Storm Thorgerson died.I enjoyed his artwork on the different albums.
    With Peace and Love,Melissa
    P.S. He’s joined the master creator in the sky.
    Who Knows what beautiful designs in evolutions future he’ll help to create with every
    sunrise.His sprit is alive and creating and is with us still.
    Melissa

  6. April 26th, 2013 at 3:16 am


    Pinkfloydian99

    I think David Gilmour’s statement was really lovely. Rest In Peace, Storm Thorgeson

  7. April 26th, 2013 at 5:57 am


    Chota

    Goodbye the artist you`ll be in our heart forever surely you`ll help the creator for more splendid landscapes.BE BLESSED.

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