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The Knebworth limited edition archival inkjet print was produced in an edition of 500 by the Hipgnosis founding team of Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson.
The idea to revisit album cover artwork for publication as original, limited edition prints came from Storm Thorgerson in 2000. He had amassed a huge body of work from forty years of creating iconic covers and wanted it to be seen in fuller glory. Led Zeppelin's album In Through The Out Door was one of the album covers selected for publication, and this poster for their Knebworth shows along with it.
On two successive weekends in August 1979, Led Zeppelin performed their legendary concerts in the grounds of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire which would become their last-ever live shows in the UK. Following the untimely death of John Bonham these shows would, along with the album, become their unintentional swansong. The partners at Hipgnosis Studio, Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson, had already worked on the album cover art for Houses Of The Holy, Presence and The Song Remains The Same. It was natural therefore that Aubrey Powell, 'Po' to his Zep friends, was thus asked to capture the band with his camera for posterity during the days surrounding the Knebworth event. The original approved photo was transferred to flat artwork at Hipgnosis and then carefully filed by Aubrey Powell in his West London archive.
Whilst reviewing the original artwork for the new Rockoptic limited edition Led Zeppelin prints, Po again came across the Knebworth piece, duly preserved and intact. Recently, with all of their original artworks paraded in the studio side by side, Storm and Po hit on the idea of designing a completely new piece that combines the icons and meanings associated with some of Led Zeppelin's finest hours in the summer of 1979. The result is a completely new artwork that incorporates the classic Knebworth band shot with the celebrated icons from the album, In Through The Out Door, and a watermark effect created by underlaying all of the recorded song titles in chronological order across the background. Set against the sky in the landscape is the celebrated label artwork for Swan Song, the band's record label, which was also a Hipgnosis creation. Visually constructed with the help of long time Hipgnosis colleague, Richard Evans.
Signed by: Aubrey Powell
Image size: 16 x 24 inches / Paper size: 26 x 33 inches
Edition size: 500