Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother Album Cover, 1970
© Pink Floyd Music, Art by Hipgnosis

Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother Album Cover, 1970

By Storm Thorgerson
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This was the front cover of Atom Heart Mother, Pink Floyd's fourth studio album, recorded at Abbey Road Studios.Image courtesy of Pink Floyd. Photography by Hipgnosis."I wanted to design a non-cover, something that was not like other covers, particularly not like other rock or psychedelic covers – something that one would simply not expect. Not shocking, not mind altering, just unexpected. The cow was, in fact, more eye-catching than I had ever dared imagine; it was so different because it was so normal: so ordinary it stood out a mile....Atom Heart Mother was the big breakthrough in the UK despite the fact that the record company hated the cover. Still, nobody knows the nature of the link between sales and design, if one exists at all." - Storm Thorgerson 
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Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother Album Cover, 1970
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