R.I.P. Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013)

By Christian Storm


On Thursday, the hyper-talented graphic designer, artist, and famed album cover creator Storm Thorgerson passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

Even if you’ve never heard of him, you have absolutely have seen his work. Storm picked up in 1968 and worked steadily up until his death, making hundreds of iconic album covers over the course of his prolific career. Through the graphic design firm Hipgnosis, as well as on his own, Storm made some of the most visually striking and well known album art in the history of rock 'n' roll. This includes little no-nothing garage bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Ween, Audio Slave, and the Mars Volta.

He also wrote and edited the book 100 Best Album Covers, which I spent hours with on my bedroom floor as a thirteen year old. He will be sorely missed by both the music and art communities. Here's why:

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