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Bonus Q&A with Hipgnosis Co-founder Aubrey Powell (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… We’ve talked about Hipgnosis rarely having a brief from most artists. Specific to Pink Floyd, there seems to be an undercurrent of melancholy, and themes of absence, loss, distance and things like that in a lot of your work for Pink Floyd. I’m curious: how much of that comes from your

Bonus Q&A with Hipgnosis Co-founder Aubrey Powell (Part One)

Recently, I interviewed Hipgnosis co-founder Aubrey Powell for a Goldmine magazine feature. That story can be found here. But our talk was so interesting – and got into so many area for which there wasn’t space in the magazine story – that I want to share more of it with you. Here’s the first of

The Gem of the Idea: Hipgnosis’ Aubrey Powell Looks Back at His Iconic Album Designs (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… That happened when Powell was asked to design a cover for XTC’s 1978 LP, Go 2. “Andy Partridge came to Hipgnosis’ studio,” he recalls. “We showed him a bunch of things that we designed for them, and he didn’t like any of them.” At one point, Partridge cast his gaze across

The Gem of the Idea: Hipgnosis’ Aubrey Powell Looks Back at His Iconic Album Designs (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Powell and his creative partner (and their team of photographers, artists and designers) were afforded extraordinary creative latitude. “Very rarely did any band we worked for give us a specific brief,” he says. “Most of the time we had carte blanche.” Recording artists like Led Zeppelin and 10cc would ring up

The Gem of the Idea: Hipgnosis’ Aubrey Powell Looks Back at His Iconic Album Designs (Part One)

An edited version of this feature was published in Goldmine magazine. — bk The October release of an updated and remixed version of Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason represents an opportunity to correct some of that album’s shortcomings, making it a truer example of the band’s strengths in the late ‘80s. It also