5 things we love

A short­list of newly dis­cov­ered stuff you have got to see, hear, wear, use or eat

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - 5 THINGS WE LOVE - — John Berger

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.

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