Storm Thorgerson

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You have just arrived home after a long day at work. You want nothing more than to relax with some music and a cup of tea. As you boil the kettle, you leaf through your vinyl collection. 

 

You first stop at Audioslave's self-titled debut. You quickly dismiss the idea. Audioslave never really lived up to the reputation of the two bands that it formed out of. Before you continue, you once again admire the flame on its cover.

 

Further down is Black Sabbath's Technical Ecstacy. As big a fan you are of robots on escalators, you rocked out to "Rock 'n' Roll Doctor" last night.

 

You continue flicking through your records, noting the recognisable the covers as you go. Dream Theater's A Change of Seasons, Bruce Dickinson's Skunkworks, Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy and Presence, the first two Mars Volta albums, Muse's Absolution and Black Holes and Revelations. It continues until you get to Pink Floyd.

 

You have amassed a number of Pink Floyd records over the years. A Saucerful of Secrets, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals. As the kettle whistles, you eventually settle on Wish You Were Here. There has always been something striking about the two men on the cover shaking hands, one burning.

 

As you relax on the couch, tea in hand, experiencing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", you reflect and contemplate these iconic images. You smile.

 

The world lost a great and influential artist this week. On Thursday, Storm Thorgerson lost his battle with cancer. The man who designed each of the albums listed above as well as many, many others will be remembered just as much as the musicians he worked with are. Most will not know his name but his artistic influence will be felt. Every Dark Side of the Moon T-shirt and phone cover is testament to this fact.

 

Thorgerson led an accomplished life in his sixty-nine years and will surely be missed.

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