Storm Thorgerson, the man who designed the iconic cover art for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has passed away aged 69 after a long battle with cancer.
Thorgerson’s passing comes as 1973’s The Dark Side of the Moon reaches its 40th anniversary. During his lifetime Thorgerson designed many, many albums covers for an incredibly impressive list of acts.
Led Zeppelin’s Presence (1976), Black Sabbath’s Technical Ecstasy (1976), The Mars Volta’s De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003), Muse’s Black Holes and Revelations (2006), and Pendulum’s Immersion (2010), as well as nearly all of Pink Floyd’s albums, are barely a fraction of Thorgerson’s stellar body of work.
Former Pink Floyd member David Gilmour released a statement concerning Thorgerson’s death, noting that his art was inseparable to Pink Floyd’s music:
“We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep’s Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed.
He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend.
The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work.
I will miss him.”
Thorgerson’s family has also issued a statement, writing that beloved graphic designer passed peacefully with friends and family by his side:
“Yes, Storm has died. He passed away, on Thursday 18th April in the afternoon. His ending was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends. He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003. He was in his 70th year.”
Music Feeds sends our condolences to Thorgerson’s family, friends and fans.