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Mind Over Matter 4: The Images of Pink Floyd Hardcover – October 30, 2007
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Graphic artists will appreciate this collection because Thorgerson's almost Magritte-like graphic style is also perfectly and endlessly adaptable to the commercial marketing. Casual Floyd fans will get a kick out seeing so many classic Floyd images reproduced at much larger than CD size. More serious Floyd fans will savor Thorgerson's behind-the-scenes insights regarding the band. (I was surprised to learn that Thorgerson leans more towards Gilmour than Waters). Throughout,the author discusses his designs in a very straightforward, conversational, non-pretentious way. As a bonus, he also includes graphics from Floyd tour books, posters, and DVD clamcases.
Given that so little video footage exists of Floyd, this oversized hardcover collection provides the perfect collection of visuals to leaf through while you're listening to "Dark Side of the Moon" for the umpteenth time.
Storm Thorgerson, mastermind behind most of Pink Floyd's album artwork, has compiled almost all of the rare, unusual, interesting, and familiar pieces. It also includes stories on how they (the art) came to be (which, by the way, sheds a light on the innovative genius of the band). It goes from the early years of Syd Barrett to the post-Waters era. This book is a must for any Floyd fan, especially one who is interested in the history and progress of the band.
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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Beautiful books of images. Bought as a gift for my husband and he loves it.Published 9 months ago by gwenifred
Pink Floyd is in the news again with a new album. Get this book and enjoy the story of the guy who designed the surreal covers and artwork of most of Floyd's work.Published 21 months ago by armenious
I bought this as a gift for my son. This is such a beautiful book. The pictures are very colorful and breath taking.Published on January 17, 2014 by Janie LaCurts
This book gives great insight into the making of all the Floyd albums that were designed by Storm Thorgerson and his design collaborative know as Hipgnosis. Read morePublished on October 30, 2010 by Steven Prinz
This is a wonderful gift for a hardcore Pink Floyd fan. It covers virtually all the album covers through their career, and gives great information about how the covers were... Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by quiltdiva1
DON'T GET ME WRONG, THIS IS A GREAT BOOK. BUT I WOULD'VE EXPECTED MORE PICTURES AND LESS TALK, THE AUTHOR TALKS IN SUCH A WAH THAT SOMETIMES YOU GET LOST IN THE READINGS AND RATHER... Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by Andrew