David Gilmour Reveals What Makes A ‘Pink Floyd Image’ In New Podcast  

Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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Reflecting on the cover of Pink Floyd box set The Later Years in a new episode of the band’s podcast, David Gilmour has also looked back on several of his group’s most iconic album designs.

Does an image become a Pink Floyd Image because it’s on a Pink Floyd record,” he muses, “or does it [not]? You always want it to be an iconic image that grabs people.”

When creating Pink Floyd’s most memorable covers the group’s design team didn’t rely on visual tricks.

Most of the band’s covers and many of their music videos are depictions of scenes that were painstakingly created, often in remote locations and at a phenomenal expense.

It all had to be done for real,” Gilmour insists “the reality of doing it the proper, real and right way, does come across.”

Gilmour also reflects on recruiting Cambridge friends and associates of Syd Barrett, Aubrey “Po” Powell and Storm Thorgerson of design company Hipgnosis to work on Pink Floyd’s covers from Saucerful of Secrets onward.

I met Storm when I was 13 and he was 15,” Gilmour recounts of Storm, who passed away in 2013. “He was a nonstop loudmouth and stayed that way his whole life. He was the guiding force behind most of our artwork all of his life. He was brilliant.

The full podcast here.

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