50 Years of Photo Design: HIPGNOSIS

If you are going to be in Berlin — This is a not to miss:

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In 1917 Marcel Duchamps forever changed the understanding of modern art with his urinal “Fountain” and other ready-mades. His position, not the object is to be considered as art but rather the act of choosing, became the foundation of pop and conceptual art 50 years later. The thought also guided the creative approach of nowadays legendary British design studio Hipgnosis which was founded in London in 1968 by two young photographers, Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson.

During the next 15 years Hipgnosis designed some of the most iconic album covers in music history. With their radical, often surreal image compositions and innovative photographic designs they influenced generations of photo designers and created images which transformed album cover design into art, admired and loved by millions of people all over the world: Atom Heart Mother, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals (Pink Floyd), Houses of the Holy (Led Zeppelin), Scratch (Peter Gabriel), How Dare You (10cc) oder Love Drive (Scorpions) – to name only a few.

To the advent of Hipgnosis 50th birthday Browse Gallery presents a series of large format prints of  iconic Hipgnosis album covers and a number of black & white photo portraits of cult rock bands like the Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Paul McCartney and the Wings etc.. Some of these photographs have never been exhibited before.

Short texts along the images will provide insights into the creative process, idea and concept development in the art house Hipgnosis as well as the extravangant practices and logistical challenges of epic photography and complex photo design production processes before the invention of Photoshop. In a 16 min documentary video from 1975, the young photo designers Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson talk about their work and the history of Hipgnosis – often with a sense of self-irony and subversive dry humour – a feature which is often found in their creative works as well.

Exhibition dates: 30.9. – 28.10.2018
Open: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 8 pm
Location: Bergmannstr. 5, 10965 Berlin, 1st Floor (courtyard to the right)
Admission: free

 

Will Sergeant’s “Space Junk Radio”

 

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I first met the guys in the Bunnymen in the late 1980s, interviewing them while on tour. I’ve stayed in touch with them over the years, and have always remained a fan.

Will Sergeant is one of my favorite guitarists, he’s written so many clever songs-from The Killing Moon, to The Cutter, to lesser known fan-favorites like Angels and Devils; he’s also released a lot of ambient/experimental work under various monikers.  Will is a passionate music fan and record collector, so I was thrilled to see he’s doing radio podcasts taking us through his record collection.

His latest Mixcloud features Eno, Modern Lovers and anecdotes about a wasp nest outside his front door….have a listen.

Echo and The Bunnymen have an imminent new release, The Stars, The Oceans and The Moon, featuring revised versions of classic tunes and a few new ones.  Available for pre-order on their site. 

They are out on tour soon promoting the new record, and you can find dates here. 

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Let’s explore Kraftwerk….

Jean Marc Lederman just presented an interesting review of work of German kraut rock legends, Kraftwerk, on the Word website. Word Radio is from Belgium and is English speaking, presents some really interesting stuff. The Kraftwerk bit is a nice distraction from the news today….

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It Started in Hamburg

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An exhibit coinciding with the release of a  new book by Klaus Voorman, It Started in Hamburg 1958-2018 opens in Hamburg this week.

Graphic works, sketches, objects and large projections at the Festival Village on Heiligengeistfeld will give us the opportunity to immerse in his multifaceted work; iconic illustrations from the Beatles era will send us on a journey through time with the Beatles. The exhibition Klaus Voormann – It started in Hamburgwill be opened by the master himself.

Fans can order the book directly from the artist’s webpage.  Voorman recently turned 80. Looking back on a productive period of 60 years, the graphic art also refers to
the musician Voormann and the perennial influence of the world of music.
Besides well-known illustrations from the Beatles-area, almost 200 pieces of artwork  will reveal the artist’s diversity, including many graphic works, sketches and productions supplemented by fotos and stories – hitherto unknown to the general public – and contributions of companions and friends.

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Record store tour in Frankfurt

 

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Anyone here in Frankfurt on Saturday 29th Sept? I will be hosting a Vinyl-walk hitting a few great shops in the Bornheim area, organized via the ex-pat site InterNations.

Should be a fun day, and if you’re already a member of InterNations, I better see there.

You can sign up via their site or email me via our blog if you are interested

Here’s the official post from Internations:

Dear music lovers,

Let’s do guided tour of some of Frankfurt’s leading vinyl stores by music fan Paul Boschi, who runs the blog Digthatcrate.blog and is an event producer from New York. Paul also will organize some nice give aways which you can win answering some trivia questions.

We will come up with a detailed schedule later, so you can jump on the bandwagon in the afternoon at any place you want. After the tour let’s have some drink/apero and chat about music, Mint and near Mint and “les choses de la vie”.
Linda, Paul and I would be glad to see you on that tour
Regards
Jochen
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Tentative stops of the tour will be
-Analogetonträger, specialized mainly in classics, Jazz, Rock but also some progressive.
– Lucky Star, rock/metal/punk but also some 60ies/70ies
– Tactile is the place if you want to dig into electronics like techno, minimal
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Velvet Underground Experience in NYC

If you live in NYC or planning a visit, you will want to check this out.

Containing Six Films, over 350 Photos and thousands of objects, the experience hosted at 718 Broadway, will attempt to recreate and immerse guests in the world of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.  From the Lower East, to the Factory guests can explore the haunts of the fabled band.

For more info, click here.

 

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