Peter Gabriel, Melt Album Cover, 1980
© Peter Gabriel / Art by Hipgnosis

Peter Gabriel, Melt Album Cover, 1980

By Storm Thorgerson
About the image
The front cover of Peter Gabriel's third eponymous solo album, sometimes referred to as Melt. It was released in 1980. 

Image courtesy of Peter Gabriel. Photography by Hipgnosis. 

“What we did at Hipgnosis was to take tons of Polaroids and push and pummel them as they developed. We all did it, including Pete Gabriel as I said, and gathered a vast pile of distorted faces, finally finding one for the front cover, which we then photocopied, enlarged and made black and white, so as to distance it from being a typical Polaroid (thumbnail). It was all great fun, and involves only an ordinary Polaroid and a blunt pencil or some such, anybody can do it.” - Storm Thorgerson 

Release Notes:
This print is part of the Peter Gabriel : Album Art Collection, a series of 15 artworks featuring the album cover imagery from each of Peter Gabriel's solo releases from 1977 to 2010. Peter Gabriel produced this series as fine-art limited edition prints in 2010, coordinating with each of the artists who created the original artworks. Each one is signed by both the artist and Peter Gabriel himself and are available in two size options.

”I’ve always loved artwork and album art. I think it’s been a huge part of what people identify and feel about the music and the records” said Peter Gabriel “I used to love gatefold sleeves…when you would sit with a new record and open it up it was just a precious moment. Now we’ve gone into this digital world a lot of that has been lost. We’ve being looking at ways of getting quality prints of the artwork for a long time and I’m happy now it has happened.”

Collector's Notes:
Both sizes/editions have been hand-signed by both Peter Gabriel & Storm Thorgerson.

Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following delivery. Please contact us with any questions!

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