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Hipgnosis member George Hardie exhibition opening today Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 11 March 2017
George Hardie - Fifty Odd Years

Opening today (March 11th) at the University of Brighton Gallery is George Hardie - 50 Odd Years, a retrospective exhibition of work by Professor George Hardie, renowned graphic designer, illustrator and educator.

Hardie, who worked with the Hipgnosis team of Storm Thorgerson, Po Powell and Peter Christopherson, is behind some of the most iconic album covers of 20th Century. A graphic designer, illustrator and educator, trained at St Martin's and the Royal College of Art, Hardie worked as a designer/illustrator for more than 40 years, making illustrations for clients around the world. He was the cover artist behind Led Zeppelin's debut album Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.

Hardie told local newspaper The Argus: "People can expect a view of 50 years' work covering extremely public projects, from record covers for Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to postage stamps for the Royal Mail. It is also concerned with self-publishing, collecting, drawing and visual ideas." Included is the original artwork for Led Zep's debut album, which Hardie notes "is on a tiny scrap of paper. It is totally recognisable but very strange. It was then blown up for the album cover".

The location of the exhibition is a logical one: Hardie taught illustration at the University of Brighton from the early 1980s until his retirement in 2014. He continues with PhD students, having become Professor in 1990. The exhibition is open to the public, Monday-Saturday, between 10am-5pm but closed Sundays. It runs until April 7th. More information here.

 
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains - new teaser video Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 10 March 2017

Released this afternoon is a new teaser video (below) for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, which opens at London's Victoria & Albert Museum on May 13th, running for 20 weeks. The exhibition is a collaboration of all remaining band members, and will be an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition will chronicle the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary. More details here.

Tickets are priced at £20 (Monday-Friday), £24 (Saturday-Sunday), and concessions, including family tickets at reduced prices, are available. V&A Members go free. Advance booking is strongly advised. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster, Seetickets, direct from the V&A at vam.ac.uk/pinkfloyd, by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies), or in person at the V&A itself.

You can place your order for the 304-page companion book, a sure to be essential addition to the Floydian bookshelf, through the following links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Orders placed before publication will benefit from Amazon's pre-order price guarantee - if the price drops at any point between your order, and the publication date, they automatically will charge you the lowest price.

 
Gerald Scarfe's Wall artwork up for sale Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 09 March 2017

Scarfe at Sotheby's auction catalogue - April 2017Gerald Scarfe's iconic artwork for Pink Floyd's The Wall ensured the work instantly grabbed the public's attention, with imagery that fascinated and repulsed in equal measure. For serious Floyd collectors, there are some opportunities coming up to own some original pieces of Scarfe's unforgettable work.

First, on April 5th, Sotheby's auction house in London are holding a Scarfe at Sotheby's sale. Some 140 or so pieces - ranging from his political caricatures through to his work on stage productions and Disney's Hercules film, via Pink Floyd The Wall - are being made available for bidders. There are fourteen Floyd pieces included, and estimates of the eventual selling prices reflect the unique and special nature of the work. More information can be found via Sothebys.com.

Second, another batch of seriously desirable original Pink Floyd pieces are going on sale at the San Francisco Art Exchange, and a major exhibition featuring the painting will start there in July. The paintings which are being offered through SFAE have been carefully selected by the artist as his most important works, and include several of the most famous images in rock history. Iconic artworks such as The Scream, Giant Judge and Hammers, The Mother, and The Teacher are available, along with several other blockbuster pieces including the massive original storyboard created for the film which incorporates 50 original renderings (measuring overall, a huge 8 foot x 3 foot). More information on their sale can be found through SFAE.com.

 
Abbey Road mixing console in upcoming auction Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 06 March 2017

Abbey Road consoleBonhams auction house in New York are auctioning a very unusual item on March 27th at 1pm EDT. It's lot 35 of the TCM Presents...Rock and Roll Through The Lens auction, which also includes such diverse items as a pair of Cher's shoes, and Jimi Hendrix's recorder. The item in question goes beyond the realms of what you could consider a possible purchase to add to your Pink Floyd collection, unless you have (a) a lot of space to house it, and (b) a rather large wallet/bank account.

On offer is an Abbey Road Studios EMI TG12345 Mk IV recording console used between 1971-1983. Take from Studio 2, it was used for some of the recording of The Dark Side of the Moon (not all the recording of this album took place in Studio 2). The auction listing notes it was used by many other artists including: Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Kate Bush and in later years The Cure. The console is "referred to as the greatest console ever constructed due to the collaboration with Abbey Road and EMI engineers, with the production of every component being built to military precision." Full documentation will be supplied to the winning bidder, along with a vintage picture of Pink Floyd - oh, and a copy of The Dark Side of the Moon!

For those who'd like to take a look at this piece of musical history, the lot will be on view at Bonhams Knightsbridge (London) between March 19th-27th, but please note it will not be on view in their New York offices.

The auction listing found at Bonhams.com has plenty of information about the console, and recording TDSOTM, as well as other pictures of the item. For those trying to justify the purchase, the auction house notes that the desk is in working order...so if you have a need for such a thing, it might be ideal!

 
Happy birthday to David Gilmour! Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 06 March 2017

David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall in London, October 2015Our very best wishes, and many happy returns, to David Gilmour today (March 6th), who is celebrating his 71st birthday in the spring sunshine!

Born and raised in Cambridge, David became involved with various bands in the area, principally Jokers Wild who were a popular draw when they played, before joining Pink Floyd in 1968. More recent years have seen David concentrating on his solo career, and helping out chums on their musical projects on an ad hoc basis - such as appearing on stage with Phil Manzanera at the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, with Amadou & Mariam at the Crisis "hidden" charity show, and the Douglas Adams 60th Birthday concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo amongst other things.

Of course, 2015 saw the return to his own music with the acclaimed release of Rattle That Lock, his latest solo album, which was accompanied by a tour of Europe, and North and South America. The tour took in some quite unusual and spectacular locations, perhaps the pinnacle being a return to the amphitheatre at Pompeii for a pair of shows last July.

It just remains for us to wish David a very happy day! If you want to add your thoughts and wishes, you can do so at our Facebook page...

 
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