Us and Them: The Authorised Story of Hipgnosis: The visionary artists behind Pink Floyd and more... (Hardback)
  • Us and Them: The Authorised Story of Hipgnosis: The visionary artists behind Pink Floyd and more... (Hardback)

Us and Them: The Authorised Story of Hipgnosis: The visionary artists behind Pink Floyd and more... (Hardback)

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Published: 02/02/2023
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'Hugely entertaining history' - Mojo

Between the late '60s and early '80s, design house Hipgnosis created some of the most iconic and ubiquitous album artwork of all time. Their original lifespan coincided with the golden age of the 12-inch LP, beginning just as the Beatles' Sgt Pepper made the record sleeve the ultimate blank canvas and ending just as new technology looked set to usurp vinyl.

Having originally been approached to design an album cover for their friends Pink Floyd, students Aubrey 'Po' Powell and Storm Thorgerson would go on to define the visual identity of rock and roll for the next fifteen years, swiftly gaining international prominence for their famed The Dark Side of the Moon artwork. This paved the way for other major musicians to set foot in the surreal photo-design world of Storm and Po, resulting in seminal Hipgnosis creations for the likes of Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Genesis, Black Sabbath, ELO and Yes.

In this authorised account, with access to previously unpublished material and exclusive contributions from David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Peter Gabriel, Roger Waters, Robert Plant and even Aubrey Powell himself, Mark Blake goes behind the scenes of the Hipgnosis partnership to reveal the pioneering ambition and grand vision that led to their success, as well as the clashing egos and artistic differences that undermined it. The Hipgnosis story also offers hitherto-untold insight into some of music's most legendary bands, as viewed through the prism of the people who shaped their imagery and cultural legacy.

With the work of Hipgnosis continuing to be referenced, reproduced and revered worldwide, Us and Them serves as a celebration, a cautionary tale and a compelling human drama, exploring the vital intersection between art and music.

Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788705677
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 662 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 37 mm


'Meticulously researched, hugely entertaining history.' - 4 stars, Mojo

'If you've ever wondered how some of the most iconic album artwork came about, and wondered about the personalities behind these images, this superb, revelatory book will be essential reading for you. It shines a light on all elements of the industry, revealing some rather unexpected details.' - Brain Damage, Pink Floyd News

'An exhilarating read... amusing and poignant. 9/10' - Classic Rock

'Lively, eventful, laugh out loud funny, a hugely entertaining read.' - Prog Magazine

'Entertaining. 4/5' - Daily Telegraph

4/5 - The Sun

'Crammed with accounts of eye watering extravagance.' 4/5 - Mail on Sunday

'Engaging and detailed... crackles with energy.' - 4/5, Record Collector

'Blake gets amazing testimony from Po, Roger Waters, Robert Plant and many others. Essential.' - Super Deluxe Edition

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“A brilliant backstage pass”

A really interesting insight into the world of album art design by some of the biggest names, Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson. I liked the journey it takes you through some of the most iconic album covers of all... More

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