Squaring the Circle

A treat for anyone with a taste for rock, for rock imagery and for the glories that can be found in that piece of cardboard wrapped around a record.


Squaring the Circle

“Scourge of management, record companies and album sleeve printers; Champion of bands, music, great ideas and high, infuriatingly high standards; Defender of the art over commerce at all times.” Nick Mason of Pink Floyd on Hipgnosis

Celebrated photographer, creative director and filmmaker Anton Corbijn’s first feature documentary
Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) tells the story of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, the creative geniuses behind the iconic album art design studio, Hipgnosis, responsible for some of the most recognizable album covers of all time. They formed Hipgnosis in Cambridge during the ferment of the sixties and became rock royalty during the boom time of the seventies. They conjured into existence sights that no one had previously thought possible, produced visuals which popularized music that had previously been considered fringe, and were at the white-hot center of the maddest, funniest and most creative era in the history of popular music.

During this period, record companies didn’t dictate to acts like Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney what their LP covers should look like - Storm and Po did. They made money; they lost money. They did great things; they did silly things. They fell out bitterly; they made up. They never played a note, but they changed music. The film features brand new interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour & Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Noel Gallagher, and many more.
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Documentary, Rock Doc, Art & Artists
Anton Corbijn
Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

If you were going to ask any filmmaker to create a documentary about arguably the greatest album art creators ever, then the only suitable contender is the other name often raised as the greatest album cover creator. Thus, Anton Corbijn has directed 'Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis).' On ...

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