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Mind over Matter: The Images of Pink Floyd [Paperback]

Storm Thorgerson
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd (31 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860742246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860742248
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 31.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,285,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd, this book explores the images of Pink Floyd album sleeves and the artwork they contain. Storm Thorgerson is a world-famous artist whose memoirs of his time spent with Pink Floyd are combined with all the artwork he created to represent the band at each stage of their career. 40 years on, Storm revisits the work he created for the albums and tells the stories behind them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Coffee Table Reference Book 3 Jan 2004
This is a great book for anyone interested in a) Pink Floyd, b) the work of conceptual design team Hipgnosis or c) the album artwork phenomenon as a whole. As an admirer of all three of these factors I have found this book to be of continual interest. Designer Storm Thorgerson talks us through the history of the band and his involvement in the early days in creating advertisements, promos and footage for live shows, before moving on to the real meat and potatoes of the book... the album designs as a whole. Here we see conceptual sketches, photographic tests and the actual finished design for landmark works such as Atom Heart Mother, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and the Division Bell. We also get numerous alternative designs and conceptual ideas that were never used, as well as anecdotes and interesting background info about how the designs came together and from where their initial inspiration was found. Thorgerson is a warm, interesting and intelligent host for the proceedings, taking credit where credit is due, but also graciously name checking all those who added to the history of Hipgnosis and the legacy of Pink Floyd. In full, this is an excellent reference book for art students, modern art admirers and Pink Floyd devotees... and, needless to say, it's packed with pretty pictures. 4/5
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining 2 Jun 2003
This is a must for the Floyd fan, particularly if you're interested in graphic design. Thorgerson talks us through the making of all of the PF covers that were his, explaining how each one was done often with amusing anecdotes relating to bizzare things like giant chairs and immense metal heads. Highly recommended.
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With a text by Storm Thorgerson(Pink Floyd's artistic advisor for over 30 years), and a foreword by David Gilmour, "MIND OVER MATTER" provides the most reliable insight into Pink Floyd's look, sound and feel. It's the best I've seen to this day. Start to finnish is pure quality full of dazzling artwork and interesting stories. A word of caution to all "THE WALL" fanatics out there; Thorgerson will only reference it twice out of 176 pages. This is probably due to the fact that Gerald Scarfe(A Sunday Times political cartoonist.)was the main artistic collaborator along with Roger Waters. None the less, this book is PRIMO!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Mind Over Matter" is a treat 12 Nov 1997
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Few people have been more closely associated with Pink Floyd over the band's 30-year career than graphic designer Storm Thorgerson. And virtually no one (outside the band members themselves) has been more responsible for the mystique that shrouds the band and its music.
In "Mind Over Matter", Thorgerson explains in some detail the concepts and techniques behind the creation of some of the most evocative and memorable images in the history of Rock and Roll. With stories and recollections dating back to the band's foundations in the mid-sixties, Thorgerson goes piece-by-piece through most of the band's catalogue, recounting not only how he and his team created the images, but also detailing what they are meant to represent and how they relate to the music.
The book features beautiful color reproductions of the band's album covers, lyrics layouts, and CD booklets. (All but two Floyd albums-- "The Wall" and "The Final Cut"-- are included ; these are omitted because Thorgerson was, in his own words, "temporarily relieved of [his] duties" for these albums.) But the biggest treat to the serious fan are the reproductions and discussionsof lesser-known images, such as a tour promo and program from 1975, and artwork specially conceived for the 'deluxe' boxed set "Shine On". Also included are the designs for the remastered and repackaged CD releases of the Floyd's albums, as well as some art which was apparently created just for this book.
As a full-sized coffee table book, "Mind Over Matter" is gorgeous to look at. Thorgerson's text, which is witty and insightful, makes for a good read. All in all, no Pink Floyd fan should be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 9 July 2014
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I love Pink Floyd and I like pictures, this is brilliant on both levels
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 13 Oct 2013
By denise
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for pink floyd lovers, this book is absolutely a must have, it has amazing images of the band and related to their albums. really awesome
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any (future) album designer 17 Jan 2013
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An insightful look into the thought process that goes on while designing album covers. If you plan on choosing a career as a designer - this is the book for you. If you're only in it for the Floyd - I can also recommend this one. Lots of inside stories, anecdotes and good old fashion gossip from a friend of the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Floyd Fans everywhere! 15 Jan 2013
By Lexi77
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I bought this for my partner who is a MASSIVE Floyd fan. He hasn't stopped reading it and informs me that it is really informative and a fantastic read. would recommend to any Pink Floyd fans out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting book
Published 20 days ago by Cindy Carlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful imagiery
interesting informative uncomplicated amusing anecdotal practical friendly delicious a must read
Published 1 month ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 years of companionship
It's a labour of love ; nearly 40 years of companionship with Pink Floyd... If you like Hipgnosis or Storm and his more recent team, you'll be in heaven : every period is covered... Read more
Published 15 months ago by R. David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Images by Storm
The book has almost every images regarding Pink Floyd history
including all the Pink Floyd album artworks.
RIP Mr. Storm Thorgerson.
Published 16 months ago by Bong-Kyoon Joo
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As New
I have always been wary of buying second-hand goods unseen and the description "as good as new" is often abused and can cover all sorts of shortcomings. Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by Chris B
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for floyd fans!!
Every thing you wanted to know about every floyd image is in this book ( apart from The Wall of course ). Fantastic collectors item and a must have!!
Published on 30 Sep 2010 by Mr. D. J. Thursby
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST AMAZING!!!!
I'm a big Pink Floyd's fan, this book is amazing and if you're a fan you should have it!
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by FREDDY THERION
4.0 out of 5 stars Awkward to nail on a wall, but better to look at than tiny CD cases
Good art book. I own an earlier edition before they made the Echoes Best Of artwork. I keep going back to it even after all these years. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2007 by BS on parade
4.0 out of 5 stars Close, but have a cigar
I agree with many of the other comments I have read about this book, it is an essential for any Floydian. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2004 by Stephen Hill
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