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The greatest album artwork studio of all time is getting the documentary treatment. Here’s how you can see it.

In the age of vinyl, artists had a 12 x 12 pallet (more if you consider front and back and gatefold sleeves) that needed decoration with artwork. There was a golden age for this work which fell into decline with the introduction of the CD in 1983 and almost wiped out entirely in the digital world of the 21st century.

There were actual studios that dealt almost exclusively with figuring out what images should go on the front of an album. The greatest of them all (at least in my opinion) was Hipgnosis, a design firm founded by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell back in the 60s. They created some of the greatest album covers of all time including the ultra-famous Dark Side of the Moon and almost-as-famous Wish You Were Here from Pink Floyd. If you look in my library, you’ll find several books detailing the work of Hipgnosis. (The “g” is silent, by the way, so “hypnosis.”)

Anton Cobijn, the favourite photographer of U2 and Depeche Mode, has pulled together a documentary on Hipgnosis. The doc features appearances by Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Noel Gallagher, and more.

New York City gets it first on June 7 with screenings across North America. Here are the Canadian screening dates and locations.

Toronto: opens June 9 at Scotiabank
Montreal (ENG): opens June 9 at Cinema du Parc
Victoria: opens June 9 at The Vic
Hamilton: two playdates June 10, 12 at the Playhouse
Waterloo: two playdates June 11, 13 at the Princess
St. Catharines: three playdates June 11, 14, 18 at the Film House
Vancouver: two playdates at The Rio June 9, 12 the playing at the VIFF Centre June 13, 16, 17, 19 
Quebec City (FR): June 16 at Le Circuit Beaumont
Charlottetown: June 27, July 2 at City Cinema

Here’s the official trailer.

Alan Cross

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