Pink Floyd Album Art Books
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This is a listing of the various books I have in my Pink Floyd reference library about album art. Publishing information, including title, author, publisher, date published, ISBN number, page length, and a brief summary is provided about each book in an effort to aid anyone who wants to obtain copies of these works.
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Album Art Books
- The Album Cover Album by Hipgnosis and Roger Dean
- The Art of the LP - Classic Album Covers 1955-1995 by Johnny Morgan and Ben Wardle
- Classic Album Covers of the 60s written and compiled by Storm Thorgerson
- Andy Earl - Vista by Andy Earl
- Eye of the Storm - The Album Graphics of Storm Thorgerson by Storm Thorgerson with Peter Curzon and Jon Crossland
- The Gathering Storm - A Quartet in Several Parts by Storm Thorgerson with Peter Curzon and Silvia Ruga
- Hipgnosis Portraits by Aubrey Powell
- Mind Over Matter - The Images of Pink Floyd by Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon
- 100 Best Album Covers - The Stories Behind the Sleeves by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell
- 1000 Record Covers by Michael Ochs
- Rock Art - The Golden Age of Record Album Covers edited by Dennis Saleh
- Vinyl-Album-Cover-Art - The Complete Hipgnosis Catalog by Aubrey Powell
- Walk Away Rene - The Work of Hipgnosis
Album Art Books
The Album Cover Album
Editors: Hipgnosis and Roger Dean
Publisher: Dragon's World, 1977, hardcover, ISBN 0-89104-085-4, 160 pages.
Synopsis: A coffee-table book of record jackets. Includes 550 color photos of album covers, complete with dates, design, and artist information. Also includes some interesting background information about designing album covers. Features some Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett album covers.
The Art of the LP - Classic Album Covers 1955-1995
Authors: Johnny Morgan and Ben Wardle
Publisher: Sterling Publishing, 2010, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-4027-7113-2, 400 pages.
Synopsis: A book of album cover art. Features the Pink Floyd albums Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon and Animals.
Classic Album Covers of the 60s
Author: Written and compiled by Storm Thorgerson
1) Gallery Books, 1989, hardcover, ISBN 33894-00998, 223 pages.
2) Collins & Brown, 2005, hardcover, ISBN 0 681 04550 7, 223 pages.
Synopsis: An art book examining some of the amazing rock album covers from the 1960s. Written and compiled by the designer of many of Pink Floyd's album covers. Includes a look at some of Pink Floyd's album covers. Dedicated to Syd Barrett.
Andy Earl - Vista
Author: Andy Earl
Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Limited, U.K., 2000, softcover, ISBN 1-86074-321-8, 170 pages.
Synopsis: A book about the photography of Andy Earl. Includes the Pink Floyd-Delicate Sound of Thunder photo shoot, with a paragraph of text about the shoot.
Eye of the Storm - The Album Graphics of Storm Thorgerson
Authors: Storm Thorgerson with Peter Curzon and Jon Crossland
Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing, 1999, U.K., ISBN 1-86074-259-9, 192 pages.
Synopsis: A impressive book that documents the photographs and graphics devised by Storm Thorgerson for rock and roll album covers. Includes information on various Pink Floyd album covers, and hundreds of others as well.
The Gathering Storm - A Quartet in Several Parts
Authors: Storm Thorgerson with Peter Curzon and Silvia Ruga
Publisher: Insight Editions, 2015, U.S., hardcover, ISBN 978-1-60887-678-5, 272 pages.
Synopsis: A look at the various designs of Storm Thorgerson through the decades. Includes information on various Pink Floyd album covers, with insights into their design concepts.
Author: Aubrey Powell
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, 2014, U.S., hardcover, ISBN 978-0-500-51763-5, 288 pages.
Synopsis: A full-color book about the album photography of Hipgnosis. Features photos taken of Syd Barrett for The Madcap Laughs 1970 and Yoga Session 1970, Pink Floyd photos for Point Me at The Sky 1968, Hampstead Heath and Kew Gardens 1968-1969, Ummagumma 1969, Bigin Hill Equipment 1969, Meddle 1971, Belsize Park Session 1972, Sports 1970s, A Nice Pair 1973, U.S. Tour 1975, and Wish You Were Here 1975.
Mind Over Matter - The Images of Pink Floyd
Authors: Compiled and designed by Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon. Text by Storm Thorgerson.
First edition: Sanctuary Publishing, October 1997, hardcover, ISBN 1-86074-206-8, 176 pages.
Second edition: Sanctuary Publishing, 2000, softcover, ISBN 1-86074-268-8, 192 pages.
Fourth edition: Omnibus Press, 2007, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-84609-763-8, 255 pages.
Fifth edition: Omnibus Press, 2015, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-78305-621-7, 296 pages.
Synopsis: An excellent visual history of the images of Pink Floyd by photographer and graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, the man behind many of the Pink Floyd album covers, and one of the founders of the graphic design company, Hipgnosis. Each Pink Floyd album is examined and explained, with many behind-the scenes anecdotes. The lastest edition includes new images for Pink Floyd releases in 2013.
100 Best Album Covers - The Stories Behind the Sleeves
Authors: Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc., 1999, ISBN 0-7894-4951-X, 160 pages.
Synopsis: An excellent book that explores the background of designing album covers. Chapters feature special packaging, designing a cover, drawing boards, box sets, house style, and Grammy awards. 100 album covers are examined in detail, with history, artist biographies, and graphical explanations. Included is an examination of the Pink Floyd albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Division Bell.
1000 Record Covers
Author: Michael Ochs
Publisher: Taschen, 2001, ISBN 3-8228-1623-X, 768 pages.
Synopsis: A look at various album covers from the 1950s through the 1990s. Included are the Pink Floyd album covers for Wish You Were Here, and A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
Rock Art - The Golden Age of Record Album Covers
Author: Edited by Dennis Saleh
Publisher: Comma Books, 1977, U.S., ISBN 0-345-27814-3, 135 pages.
Synopsis: An art book showcasing various record album covers, with photographer, designer, record company and release dates. Includes Pink Floyd's Animals LP and various Hipgnosis album covers.
Vinyl-Album-Cover-Art - The Complete Hipgnosis Catalog
Author: Aubrey Powell
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, 2017, hardcover, ISBN 978-0-500-51932-5, 320 pages.
Synopsis: A wonderful book about the history of the design firm Hipgnosis. Includes a listing of all the album covers created by Hipgnosis from 1967 to 1984. Features numerous Pink Floyd album covers, with stories about the covers. Also included in the book is the story of Hipgnosis by Aubrey Powell, and an article by Storm Thorgerson titled "How to Design a Record Cover." Foreword by Peter Gabriel.
Walk Away Rene - The Work of Hipgnosis
Publisher: Paper Tiger, 1978, ISBN 0-905895-09-6, 160 pages.
Synopsis: A book of designs and photographs for Rock n' Roll bands by the legendary design company, Hipgnosis. Includes unreleased Pink Floyd art.