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Aubrey Powell - Vinyl Album Cover Art: The Complete Hipgnosis Catalogue review

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An evocative must-have time capsule

“Good design would always create interest – whether or not it had anything to do with the lyrics, the band image or the music,” observes Aubrey Powell in this absorbing account of his time with Storm Thorgerson, and later Peter Christopherson, who as Hipgnosis reigned as the album cover design agency from the late 60s to the early 80s and the arrival of the CD age. Lavishly illustrated, Powell’s wry commentary provides an insightful account of their foundations built largely upon finding themselves being in the right place at the right time. Very much in the spirit of naive gentlemen adventurers he describes the somewhat haphazard process of making up their distinctive visual vocabulary as they improvised from one job to the next. Mixing technical detail and the benefit of hindsight, while clearly affectionate and often impressed, he’s also unflinchingly critical of some of the creative choices their younger selves made.

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