Preview: Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis)

A lively new film explores the history, cultural impact and enduring appeal of one of the great art and design groups. Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) is a 2023 documentary by Anton Corbijn; it’s the story of the team that led the visual side of the rock era.

Beginning in the late 1960s, the creative design team known as Hipgnosis created dozens of the most iconic, distinctive and memorable album covers in the history of popular music. Led by Aubrey “Po” Powell and Storm Thorgerson, Hipgnosis creative commissioned artwork for album covers by Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, ELO, Alan Parsons Project, 10cc, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Paul McCartney and Wings, Brand X, Bad Company, Al Stewart and literally hundreds of others. It’s safe to say that if you have a rock album collection, Hipgnosis’ stunning album cover art is all over it.

From their first album cover (Pink Floyd’s A Saucerful of Secrets in 1968) through one of their final projects (fitting enough, Led Zeppelin’s career-capping Coda in 1982) Hipgnosis was for many the visual component of the music. In those pre-music video days, album art and packaging was most listeners’ only visual representation of the music within. And Hipgnosis’ work has stood the test of time; their images are inextricably liked with the music of the rock era.

This new documentary features on-screen commentary and spirited reminiscences from David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Noel Gallagher and many others.

Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) is scheduled for a one-night-only showing at Grail Moviehouse on Monday, August 14. Hosted by author, speaker and music journalist Bill Kopp, the evening will feature a screening of the film followed by an interactive discussion. Squaring the Circle is the latest in Grail Moviehouse’s extremely popular ongoing series, Music Movie Mondays.

Music Movie Mondays is sponsored by AshevilleFM. Hosted by Asheville-based author and music journalist Bill Kopp, Grail Moviehouse presents a special screening of Squaring the Cicle (The Story of Hipgnosis) on Monday, August 14 @ 7 pm and Sponsored by AshevilleFM, the evening will feature a brief introduction by your host. We’ll watch the film together and then engage in a moderated discussion.

The one-night-only screening of Squaring the Circle is the ninth and latest in the series of Music Movie Mondays at Grail Moviehouse. Every month, we’ll watch and discuss new releases, classics and cult favorites.

WHAT: Music Movie Mondays Series: Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis)
Special screening + moderated discussion hosted by Bill Kopp
WHERE Grail Moviehouse, 17 Foundy Street, Asheville
WHEN: Monday, August 14 @ 7 p.m. / Tickets are $15 and likely to sell out!