Trailer released for Anton Corbijn documentary Squaring The Circle: The Story Of Hipgnosis

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Squaring The Circle: The Story Of Hipgnosis will tell the story of the iconic album art design studio.

From Led Zepplin’s controversial cover for Houses Of The Holy to Spinal Tap’s Smell The Glove (itself a parody of The Beatles’ cover for The White Album), cover art is, or at least it used to be, a vital part of an album’s identity.

Documentary Squaring The Circle: The Story Of Hipgnosis will tell the story of the iconic cover art design studio. The official synopsis reads as follows:

Celebrated photographer, creative director and filmmaker Anton Corbijn’s first feature documentary Squaring The Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) tells the story of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, the creative geniuses behind the iconic album art design studio, Hipgnosis, responsible for some of the most recognizable album covers of all time. They formed Hipgnosis in Cambridge during the ferment of the sixties and became rock royalty during the boom time of the seventies. They conjured into existence sights that no one had previously thought possible, produced visuals which popularized music that had previously been considered fringe, and were at the white-hot center of the maddest, funniest and most creative era in the history of popular music. During this period, record companies didn’t dictate to acts like Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Paul McCartney what their LP covers should look like – Storm & Po did. They made money; they lost money. They did great things; they did silly things. They fell out bitterly; they made up. They never played a note, but they changed music. It’s the story of Hipgnosis.

After directing U2: The Joshua Tree Tour and acclaimed narrative features like Control and The American, as well as music videos for the likes of U2, Bryan Adams and Nirvana, Squaring The Circle: The Story Of Hipgnosis marks Anton Corbijn’s first feature length documentary.

Squaring The Circle: The Story Of Hipgnosis is released on the 7th May, although at the moment it looks like the only UK screening as of yet is at Picturehouse Central on the 7th July as part of the Sundance Film Festival, which you can book tickets for here.

Watch the trailer below…

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