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The Raging Storm - The Album Art of Storm Thorgerson

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Storm Thorgerson, the visionary artist acclaimed for his imagery on some of the most successful rock and roll albums of all time will be exhibiting a selection of his fine art prints in Cape Town.

These highly sought after works are signed and numbered by Storm and include the album art of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Nigel Kennedy, Peter Gabriel, The Cranberries, Black Sabbath, Audioslave, Pendulum, Disco Biscuits, Steve Miller Band, The Mars Volta, Anthrax, Catherine Wheel, Alan Parsons Ian Dury, Biffy Clyro and added to the list amongst others is South African band Machineri. The Raging Storm exhibition opens at 6 Spin Street, opposite Church Square, Cape Town and runs until Saturday 10 March 2012.Galley hours are all day Monday to Saturday from 8.30am.

A feature-length documentary film "Taken by Storm" will be shown followed by an intimate Q & A session with Storm Thorgerson on Wednesday 22 February at 6.30pm and Thursday 23 and Friday 24 February at 8pm. A Tapas menu and cash bar will be available from 6pm. Produced by Roddy Bogawa, the film is about Thorgerson's life and work as told through his own reflection, his personal archive of never-before seen photographs and films.There are interviews with his ex-partner of Hipgnosis Aubrey Powell and some of the most important musicians and bands of our time: Alan Parsons, Steve Miller, 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, The Cranberries, Damien Hirst, Robert Plant David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Peter Gabriel. It’s also about Storm’s creative processes from the Hipgnosis days until now and his relationships/friendships with the musicians and bands he has worked with through his four decades of making album art. Booking is essential as space is limited.

Tickets cost R80 and R60 for students (with student card). Book through Kerry Friedmann 082 455 3447 [email protected] 6 Spin Street Restaurant (from the team that brought you Rozenhof) is open Monday to Saturday. For dining reservations call 021 461 0666. The kitchen closes at 10.15pm each night.

On Saturday 25 February to celebrate the exhibition the band Machineri will give a live performance at 10pm. There is a R40 cover charge. The restaurant is open before the performance and there is a cash bar. Synonymous with identifying the pop culture throughout the 70’s and into the Millennium, Storm Thorgerson’s distinctive style has made his artwork the most recognisable in the music industry. First with ‘Hipgnosis', then later in his own right. His work has a large element of ‘performance’ as he enjoys engaging the audience and provoking a reaction through his ‘temporary installations’ or ‘exstallations’ captured by the camera.

These visual translations vary extremely as they deal with emotions, rather than with marketing or promotional purposes. In this respect, his work with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Audioslave, Black Sabbath, The Mars Volta, Peter Gabriel, Ian Dury, Muse and countless other bands have helped shape how album covers look. The photographic designs conjured by Hipgnosis and Storm Studios are often laced with surrealism and ambiguity, the occasional touch of fantasy or madness, a hint of the perverse and the odd joke. Quite simply, Storm Thorgerson creates images that are unexpected and sometimes impossible to forget.

Based in London Storm has had exhibited in Chicago, Tokyo, Osaka, London, Birmingham, Amsterdam Los Angeles, San Francisco Milan and Cleveland.