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Taken By Storm Thorgerson's Album Art

Storm Thorgerson is like a mustache-less Salvador Dali of the modern design world — and almost cooler because he basically grew up with Pink Floyd. You've almost certainly seen his art at some point; over the course of his 40-year career it has covered albums by not only Pink Floyd, but also Led Zeppelin, Muse, The Cranberries, Genesis, etc.

  • Pink Floyd's "Back Catalogue," 1996
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    Pink Floyd's "Back Catalogue," 1996
    Storm Thorgerson/StormStudios/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • The Mars Volta's "Frances the Mute" album cover, 2004
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    The Mars Volta's "Frances the Mute" album cover, 2004
    Storm Thorgerson/StormStudios/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • The Cranberries' "Bury the Hatchet," 1999
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    The Cranberries' "Bury the Hatchet," 1999
    Storm Thorgerson/StormStudios/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • Muse's "Absolution," 2003
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    Muse's "Absolution," 2003
    Storm Thorgerson/StormStudios/Muse/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • Pink Floyd's "The Division Bell," 1994
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    Pink Floyd's "The Division Bell," 1994
    Storm Thorgerson and Keith Breeden/Pink Floyd/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • Phish's "Slip, Stitch and Pass," 1997
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    Phish's "Slip, Stitch and Pass," 1997
    Storm Thorgerson/StormStudios/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • Led Zeppelin's "Presence," 1976
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    Led Zeppelin's "Presence," 1976
    Storm Thorgerson/Hipgnosis/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • The Mars Volta's "Amputechture" (unused), 2006
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    The Mars Volta's "Amputechture" (unused), 2006
    Storm Thorgerson/StormStudios/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • Pink Floyd's "Ummagumma," 1969
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    Pink Floyd's "Ummagumma," 1969
    Storm Thorgerson/Hipgnosis/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • Muse's "Black Holes and Revelations," 2006
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    Muse's "Black Holes and Revelations," 2006
    Storm Thorgerson/The Men Of Mystery/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • Pink Floyd's "Animals," 1977
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    Pink Floyd's "Animals," 1977
    Storm Thorgerson/Roger Waters Photos and Hipgnosis/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • Led Zeppelin's "In Through the Out Door," 1979
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    Led Zeppelin's "In Through the Out Door," 1979
    Storm Thorgerson/Hipgnosis/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother," 1980
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    Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother," 1980
    Storm Thorgerson/Hipgnosis/Pink Floyd/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • The Cortinas' "Defiant Pose" single, 1977
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    The Cortinas' "Defiant Pose" single, 1977
    Storm Thorgerson/Hipgnosis/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery
  • Thornley's "Come Again," 2004
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    Thornley's "Come Again," 2004
    Storm Thorgerson/StormStudios/Courtesy of Idea Generation Gallery

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"Right But Wrong" is a retrospective exhibition of Thorgerson's work, on display through May 2 at Idea Generation Gallery in England . Weird and eccentric and kind of creepy, his pre-photoshop portfolio was (and still is) undoubtedly one of the most influential and recognizable in the realm of album art.

"Dark Side of the Moon" album cover

Album cover to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973 Storm Thorgerson/Hipgnosis hide caption

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Descend into the deliriums of Thorgerson's head by taking a tour through his Web site. And check out Idea Generation while you're at it. It's a PR agency that says, "Find something you enjoy doing — and then try to do it better than anyone else." But don't choose album art. Thorgerson has that covered.

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