Pink Floyd, Animals Album Cover, 1977
© Pink Floyd Music, Art by Hipgnosis

Pink Floyd, Animals Album Cover, 1977

By Storm Thorgerson
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This was the front cover of Animals, Pink Floyd's 1977 conceptual masterpiece. The album is loosely based on George Orwell's political fable Animal Farm.

Image courtesy of Pink Floyd. Design by Roger Waters. Photography by Hipgnosis. 
This is one of the most iconic images in rock and roll with one of the most often told anecdotes to go with it.

Some comments from Storm: “...the whole event had a ludicrous and Spinal Tap feeling to it, especially when faced with newspaper headlines blaring out that airline pilots were seeing flying pigs (had the world gone mad?), it was only by staging it for real that the essential dynamics of the building and the beauty of the dramatic sky were captured – a majestic background for a majestic pig. How splendid, how absurd, how Rock ’N’ Roll.” - Storm Thorgerson. 
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Pink Floyd, Animals Album Cover, 1977
Pink Floyd, Animals Album Cover, 1977

 
 
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