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The vinyl “album” gave cover-art designers a full square foot of space to work with, and from the middle of the 1960s some of them moved into the surreal and the bizarre. “Vinyl . Album . Cover . Art,” by Aubrey Powell (Thames & Hudson, $40), documents the work of the Hipgnosis design studio, leaders in the movement, which was founded by Powell and Storm Thorgerson in 1967. This 50th-anniversary retrospective includes a complete catalog of their work, including the revolutionary and sometimes controversial designs for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney.
An 1977 vintage essay by Thorgerson, “How to Design an Album Cover,” about the development of the art for 10cc’s “Deceptive Bends” album, a chapter by Hipgnosis staff member Marcus Bradbury and a forward by client Peter Gabriel add other valuable perspectives.