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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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!!!!
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. However, as a life-long Pink Floyd fan I was keen to add Storm Thorgersen's excellent book "Mind Over Matter" to my collection of memorabilia, so I decided to take a gamble and buy a used copy, described as "as good as new", from the DerbyshireBookSeller via the Amazon marketplace. The book arrived less than 2 days after I had placed the order and the condition was excellent -and at half the published price, a real bargain. Excellent customer service - I will not hesitate to deal with this seller again if the opportunity arises.
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 up until the "forthcoming" WYWH sacd version. This is the 4th and most complete edition so far. It represents a huge part in Storm's life and in Pink Floyd imagery ; moreover it's well written : it's often funny and witty, and Gilmour offered a foreword to his old friend and Nick Mason somtimes pops in to comment on some of the artwork. The game for you will be to spot the little mistake (the spelling of the song "Fearless" is turned by Storm into "Breathless" - and it's still there since the 1st edition back in 1997). This Book is both an homage to Pink Floyd and to Hipgnosis/Storm. Oh by the way...one last thing : "ceci n'est pas un livre." ;-)
Storm Thorgerson was a truly artistic visionary. The iconic art work found in the Pink Floyd albums is a testament to his genius and this book allows one to view them in all their glory whilst also enjoying the history of the creative process behind them. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the band,
I bought this as a gift for my husband who is a massive Pink Floyd fan, he absolutely loves it, as the artwork for the group is so integrated with the music. The book is a real coffee table book with gorgeous illustrations and fascinating info. Even I was drawn in!
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.
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.