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“Floydian Slip” songlist #1043

Posted April 11, 2016 by Floydian Slip


“Storm Effect: Remembering Storm Thorgerson”

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  1. Pieces of Eight
    Pieces of Eight (Styx) (1978)
  2. Arriving UFO
    Tormato (Yes) (1978)
  3. Big Log
    The Principle of Moments (Robert Plant) (1983)
  4. Nellie Takes Her Bow
    The Electric Light Orchestra (aka No Answer) (ELO) (1971)
  5. In the Cage
    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Genesis) (1974)
  6. Sheep
    Animals (1977)

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Storm Thorgerson documentary now streaming

Posted December 13, 2015 by Floydian Slip

storm thorgerson“Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis,” a feature-length documentary about the legendary Pink Floyd sleeve designer, is now streaming online.

Director Roddy Bogawa has made the entire film available for viewing online, along with bonus material, for $10. Viewers can also stream two bonus material featurettes for $5.99 a piece.

Watch the film here

Bogawa’s new project is “Barrett: Have You Got It Yet?,” documenting the life of Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett. It’s tentatively schedule for a mid-2016 release. Read more about that film.

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“Floydian Slip” songlist #940

Posted April 21, 2014 by Floydian Slip

storm_obit“Storm Effect”

Remembering Pink Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013)

  1. I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You
    I Robot (The Alan Parsons Project) (1977)
  2. I Don’t Remember
    Peter Gabriel (3) (Peter Gabriel) (1980)
  3. To the Hilt
    To the Hilt (Golden Earring) (1975)
  4. Good Morning Judge
    Deceptive Bends (10cc) (1977)
  5. The Crunge
    Houses of the Holy (Led Zeppelin) (1973)
  6. Words of Wisdom
    Deadlines (Strawbs) (1977)
  7. Carpet Crawlers
    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Genesis) (1974)
  8. Docking In
    Kitsch (Heavy Metal Kids) (1977)
  9. Wish You Were Here
    Wish You Were Here (1975)

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Storm Effect visual companion available online

Posted April 16, 2014 by Floydian Slip

storm_awardsWe’ve created a visual companion for this week’s special program, “Storm Effect: Remembering Storm Thorgerson.”

Show #940 — airing now until Sunday, April 20, on all “Floydian Slip” stations — features music from a variety of albums all designed by Storm and/or his team at Hipgnosis.

View the artwork here

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“Floydian Slip” preview #940

Posted April 14, 2014 by Floydian Slip

storm_largeJoin us this week for Floydian Slip #940. It’s a special show remembering longtime Pink Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thogerson on the anniversary of his passing, April 18, 2013.

We’ll be playing material from a variety of bands Storm did work for: Genesis, Alan Parsons Project, Led Zeppelin, 10cc, and many others.

“Floydian Slip” is heard across the 50 stations of our Random Precision Radio Network. Learn where and when to listen.

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Contest: Win “The Gathering Storm” by Storm Thorgerson

Posted November 5, 2013 by Floydian Slip

Register to win a copy of The Gathering Storm by Storm Thorgerson.

Thorgerson designed nearly every Pink Floyd album cover beginning with 1968’s “A Saucerful of Secrets,” as well as many others during his long career. He died April 18.

Prizes courtesy of StormStudios. Deadline to register: 8 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Register to win now.

Buy The Gathering Storm now from the publisher.

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New Storm Thorgerson book coming Oct. 1

Posted September 28, 2013 by Floydian Slip

StormStudios and de Milo will publish “The Gathering Storm: The Album Art of Storm Thorgerson” on Oct. 1.

The book covers the five-decade-long career of Storm Thorgerson, one of the most prolific album sleeve designers in history, and the primary designer of the Pink Floyd catalog.

Thorgerson wrote and compiled the book over the last year of his life. He saw and approve a finished copy just a few days before he died April 18.

“The Gathering Storm” comes in three editions: Hardback, collector’s and deluxe. The editions are detailed, and available for pre-order, at the Firebrand website.

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Design award renamed after Storm Thorgerson

Posted August 10, 2013 by Floydian Slip

Prog Magazine has renamed its Grand Design Award after late Pink Floyd designer Storm Thorgerson.

Now known as the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award, it’ll be given to the designer of this year’s best-packaged product. The nominees are 10cc, Hawkwind, the Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Peter Blegvard & Andy Partridge, King Crimson, Family, Peter Gabriel, Arve Henriksen and Rush.

Thorgerson, known for his work with Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Black Sabbath and others, died in April.

“Storm’s contribution to prog rock and beyond is incredible,” says Prog Magazine editor Jerry Ewing. “We felt it was only right to pay tribute to the man who has given so much to music through his art.

“The re-titling of the Grand Design award is especially fitting, given that Storm won it at last year’s ceremony for his continued work with Pink Floyd.”

The awards ceremony takes place at Kew Gardens, London, on September 3. Register to vote and become eligible to win prizes from all nominated artists.

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Pink Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson dies

Posted April 19, 2013 by Floydian Slip

Longtime Pink Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson died yesterday at age 69.

Along with Aubrey Powell, he co-founded  design team Hipgnosis in 1967, and went on to became one of history’s most prolific designers of album covers.

Working for some of the best-known recording artists — Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Wings, Black Sabbath, 10cc, Alan Parsons, Al Stewart and countless others — he and his team have been responsible for some of the most lasting images in the iconography of rock and roll, including the sleeve for Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (1973).

During his career he likely created more than 300 sleeves. “I don’t really keep count,” he told Rolling Stone in 2011. “I’m privileged to work with music, so I’m happy to work. … As long as I can keep working, and paying the rent as they call it over in England, then I’m relatively happy.”

A childhood friend of members of Floyd, Thorgerson’s first sleeve for the band was its second album: A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). He would go on to design and photograph many others for the group, including Atom Heart Mother (1970), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988).

His work also included covers for Floyd’s David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright.

Thorgerson died peacefully surrounded by friends and family, who released a statement saying, “He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003. He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children, Adam and Georgia.”

Thorgerson met Floyd’s Gilmour when the two were in their teens. He served as best man at Gilmour’s wedding to Polly Samson.

“He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend,” Gilmour said in a statement.

“The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work.”

Thorgerson was the first of only four guests we’ve welcomed to the “Floydian Slip” radio show in the program’s 20 years. In 1997 we spoke to him via phone from his London studio, following the release of “Mind of Matter: The Images of Pink Floyd.”

Cordial if not a little clownish, his first concern seemed to be for our well-being, considering the trans-Atlantic time difference that required the interview be conduct at 7:30 a.m. our time. “Are you awake?” he asked. “Are you on the ball? Are you focused?” he demanded with a rapid-fire British clip.

You can read the transcript of that interview at

Thorgerson’s work for Floyd has been enjoying a renewed appreciation with new variations he created for the Why Pink Floyd? reissue series. His reinterpretations of the “Dark Side” prism for the album’s 40th anniversary last month have been shared widely across the web.

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Storm Thorgerson dead at 69

Posted April 19, 2013 by Floydian Slip

Long-time Pink Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson has died of cancer at 69.

A fuller appreciation will be posted soon.

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