The Gathering Storm

When graphic designer Storm Thorgerson died earlier this year his passing sent ripples way beyond the music and record industries he worked in.

Front cover of The Gathering Storm
Front cover of The Gathering Storm

That’s because conceivably most people own a record he’s designed. Although he started with the big music – Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Yes… he has also worked with stadium rockers Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Muse, Biffy Clyro, as well as XTC, The Mars Volta, Ash, The Cortinas, Pendulum…

A new book The Gathering Storm, by Thorgerson, which he signed off before he died, is a show and tell of his 45 years as a designer.

Pink Floyd, Dark Side of The Moon, 1973
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of The Moon, 1973

Thorgerson tells his own story – and although it feels like the book could do with a bit of edit in places – it’s quite endearing as he goes off on one while giving a guided tour of his best work.

Led Zeppelin , Houses of The Holy, 1973
Led Zeppelin , Houses of The Holy, 1973

He also comes across as loveably mad:

‘I had a dream about Peter Gabriel in a House of Wax. There was a fire and, because of the heat, he had a dripping face. All he said was: “I don’t mind being in your dreams so long as you’re not in mine”.’  

Pink Floyd, The Division Bell, Stone Heads, 1994 and Nigel Kennedy, Kindred Spirit, 1995
Pink Floyd, The Division Bell, Stone Heads, 1994 and Nigel Kennedy, Kindred Spirit, 1995

 The book is itself a chapter in the work of Storm Studios, which continues on without him.

Biffy Clyro, Opposites, The Sand at The Core of Our Bones, 2013 and The Land at The Core of Our Toes, 2013
Biffy Clyro, Opposites, The Sand at The Core of Our Bones, 2013 and The Land at The Core of Our Toes, 2013

The studios’ latest work includes a film production, a logo and font for Tokyo-based design consultancy Six Inc, and it is now working with Swedish audio manufacturer Teenage Engineering.

Storm Thorgerson
Storm Thorgerson

The Gathering Storm by Storm Thorgerson, designed by Peter Curzon and Silvia Ruga, compiled by Storm Studios, will be published by de Milo on 1 October, priced £30.

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