Jimmy Page and Robert Plant have given new, on-camera interviews for a feature-length documentary about the design group Hipgnosis.
The pair were interviewed separately for “Squaring The Circle (The Story Of Hipgnosis)” which will open in cinemas across the US on June 20.
“It was the most expensive cover that we did,” Page says in the film’s trailer, referring to the cover of In Through the Out Door. “That cover was better than the album,” he continues with a laugh.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
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 and 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. The film features brand new interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour & Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Noel Gallagher, and many more.
The new Hipgnosis documentary follows the publication in February of Mark Blake’s authorised biography of the band, “Us and Them: The Authorised Story of Hipgnosis”.
LedZepNews interviewed Blake about his book in April, where he discussed interviewing Page for his book. Paying subscribers to the LedZepNews Substack can listen to the full audio interview with Blake and read the full transcript of the interview here.