Storm Thorgerson Has Grand Design Award Named In His Honour
Prog Magazine, organisers of the Orange Amplification presents Progressive Music Awards, is honoured to announce that they will be renaming the Grand Design Award the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award.
From Pink Floyds’ 1968 A Saucer Full Of Secrets to Biffy Clyro’s 2013 Opposites album, Storm Thorgerson’s incredible 45 year career has seen him work with artists that include Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Muse, Black Sabbath, 10cc, Dream Theater plus many more.
Storm Thorgerson designs speak for themselves. He has created some of the most iconic and striking images in rock including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon prism and Animals inflatable pig over Battersea Power Station. His designs are seen by many as integral to the albums as the music itself. His designs have dominated Best Album Cover polls around the world for many years and will do for years to come.
Storm sadly passed away in April this year, but his legacy will forever live on in his work. Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog Magazine said: “Storm’s contribution to prog rock and beyond is incredible. When we heard of his passing, we felt that it was only right to pay tribute to the man who has given so much to music through his art. This re-titling of the Grand Design award is especially fitting, given that Storm won this award at last year’s ceremony for his continued work with Pink Floyd. We are honoured to name this award after him.”
Peter Curzon, co-founder of StormStudios and close friend of Storm says: “Winning the award last year for the Pink Floyd Immersion box sets gave Storm great pleasure, but to have the whole award dedicated to him is something that would have at first amused him, but would have made him feel very honoured. It’s great that Prog has recognised the impact Storm’s work has had on the world of music and album cover design – he loved his work and was always thinking of the next idea – his legacy will now live on not only through his incredible body of work but also through this fantastic event.”
Here’s footage from last year’s awards, with Peter Curzon accepting the Grand Design Award on behalf of Storm.
In the weeks following the awards, StormStudios, in collaboration with de Milo Publishing, will release The Gathering Storm, a collection of album cover art and commentary by Storm Thorgerson spanning an incredible 45 years – from the 1960s with Hipgnosis through to the present day with StormStudios. Available in hardback as well as Collector’s and Deluxe Editions (the latter includes an exclusive fine art print of the book’s front cover, a variation of his iconic design for Pink Floyd’s, The Dark Side Of The Moon), the 256 page book is a comprehensive insight into the designs of Storm and the studios.
The book – which will be published on October 1st – took over 12 months to assemble and Storm was able to see a copy of the book just before he died, he gave it a thumbs up. StormStudios will also continue to operate in accordance with Storm’s wishes.