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VINYL . ALBUM . COVER . ART: The Complete Hipgnosis Catalogue (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 13. April 2017

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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.

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Aubrey Powell co-founded the design agency Hipgnosis with the late Storm Thorgerson in 1967. Their stunning and often surreal work established them as the most important design collective in music history. In 1989, Po was made creative director for The Paul McCartney World Tour, designing the stage set, video wall and filmed images. He is the author of numerous books, including Hipgnosis - Portraits, and is the current creative director for Pink Floyd.

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...für alle Plattenliebhaber. Es fällt auf, wieviele Cover besonders in den 70ern von Hipgnosis gestaltet wurden.
Die Cover sind nicht immer gelungen, aber darum geht es in diesem Buch nicht. Es ist eher ein Kompendium.
Original 12" Größe wäre natürlich noch besser gewesen, aber das würde das Buch unbezahlbar machen.
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Da gibt es nicht viel zu sagen, nicht nur für Vinyl Fans ein muß.
Viele der abgebildeten Cover stehen auch bei mir mit Inhalt im Schallplattenregal.
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"Hipgnosis had an informal atmosphere that was overflowing with 'unique' character." Marcus Bradbury.

"You would be insulted, laughed at, entertained and challenged, but you could be certain Hipgnosis would deliver." Peter Gabriel.

Finally, the complete album artwork from Hipgnosis in a format that combines an art book and a true catalogue. In a nutshell--the reproductions are crisp and clean. There's informative captions for each album that oftentimes go beyond simple album information. The size of the book (approx. 7 3/4" X 91/2") is a bit too small to adequately display a number of covers--from one to a page, to a few two page spreads, to four covers per page. But as I said, the reproductions, and the fact that this is the complete catalogue, and not just simply an art book with pieces chosen from the entire catalogue of work, goes a long way in making this book worth owning for Hipgnosis fans (like me) who want all the artwork in one book. There's no dust jacket and the outer boards are a textured white which will attract finger smudges if that's a concern--but it does look classy. This book is somewhere between four and five "stars" because I wish the size of the book--hence the reproductions--would be larger, but this is closer to five "stars". To each his own on the book/reproduction size matter.

The book has a Forward by Peter Gabriel ("Although many creative folk passed through Hipgnosis, it was driven and defined by the three partners, the wild, the weird, and the wonderful."), plus an Introduction bu Aubrey Powell on Hipgnosis ("When the sky's the limit you push yourself to the limit too."), and a 1977 essay by Storm Thorgerson on "How To Design A Record Cover.".

The artwork is arranged chronologically from 1967 through 1984. Beginning with a Laurel Aitken album "Says Fire" and Pink Floyd's "Piper At The Gates of Dawn (a substitute cover), both from '67, to "About Face" by David Gilmour, "Now Voyager" from Barry Gibb, and "Hey Drag City" a various artists set (all from '84), everything is here. Finally, to finish things up there's a chapter titled "Outro" with a piece by Marcus Bradbury on working at Hipgnosis. There's a much needed index of album titles for easy reference.

The quibble about the book's size aside, I really like this book the more I get into it. The colors are accurate and pretty stunning and details are crisply rendered on a semi-matte paper stock surface. The captions oftentimes go beyond standard album information with personal, sometimes pithy comments ("Clifford T. Ward wanted a portrait, so he got one. Clifford doesn't look very happy though, and neither were we.") which add depth and interest and introduce a more human element to the catalogue. This book can easily sit on the shelf next to other books on Hipgnosis. Hipgnosis artwork fans, miss this catalogue and it's your loss.
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