I went to see this documentary film last night at the cinema. Has anyone else seen it? It’s very good, insightful about the music industry in its 70s pomp.
Paul McCartney is in it a few times, although it felt like he was slurring his words a little. Did anyone else see it and think the same? I do hope he’s OK.
Hipgnosis did the sleeves for Band On The Run , Venus And Mars , Wings At The Speed Of Sound , Wings Over America , London Town , Back To The Egg , Wings Greatest, and a few singles, plus Thrillington and Tug Of War for McCartney.
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15 February 2015
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh man I’m gonna have to get my eyeballs on that somehow. I absolutely adore basically everything Hipgnosis ever did that I’ve seen, and probably a good 8.5 out of 10 of my favorite album covers of all time have been designed by either Hipgnosis or Storm Thorgerson. (Storm’s autobiog is also hilarious and wonderful, too, if you ever get to read it. I’ve read bits of it, would love to buy it sometime.)
Album covers really do so, so much for albums. I’d never even realized until Jimmy Page at the end said that the cover for In Through The Out Door was better than the album that part of the reason I like the album so much is because the packaging and title make it seem way cooler than it is
Also of course they’re going to focus on the classic artists in the trailer but Muse album cover cameo at 0:35! @Neely I’m not saying that Storm’s cover designs MADE Absolution and Black Holes & Revelations better albums, but….
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30 December 2022
I don’t recall Muse appearing in the doc at all (perhaps very fleetingly). Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are interviewed in it, and there are long discussions on Houses Of The Holy, Presence, and In Through The Out Door in particular.
There’s a funny bit where a couple of bands (maybe 10cc, can’t remember) say they rejected some of Hipgnosis’s later ideas, and saw them reused a few months later on releases by other acts. A lobster on a lead was one of them, and it was used for ‘Getting Closer’ by Wings. It’s put to McCartney in the doc and he seems to have no idea it was ever one of his!
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15 February 2015
Technically I believe Muse had covers designed by Storm Thorgerson, not Hipgnosis, so they wouldn’t probably appear in this doc. I just happened to spot the Absolution album cover in the background of a Thorgerson interview.
I have a whole rant about Muse’s consistently creative and beautiful album/single art, but that’s for another time and place…