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A Momentary Lapse of Reason Album Cover

A Sneak Peek...

And this time, on the cover of Pink Floyd's album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" which was filmed on June 14, 1987.


On June 14, 1987, the famed photographer and cover designer Storm Thorgerson hired 30 workers to move 700 beds rented ahead of time to Saunton Sands Beach in North Devon (where some of the scenes of "The Wall" were shot), tomuseum film what would become one of the most impressive and amazing covers in the rock world - the album cover for "A Momentary Lapse of Reason".


The idea for the picture came to Storm from the sentence: "A vision of an empty bed" taken from the song "Yet Another Movie" that appears on the album.


Thorgerson who read the sentence immediately saw before his eyes a river of hospital beds dragging along a beach, he thought such a picture was so insane that it would also fit the title of the album (A Momentary Lapse of Reason), hence the idea for the iconic picture.


Once the idea was formulated, the fundamental problem of execution remained. We are talking about another era, before the computer effects and before the age of Photoshop. The first task was to locate hundreds of beds and make sure someone would even agree to rent them out. Thorgerson remembers asking for 1,000 but he got less. The second task was to find a way to transport them to shore and arrange them exactly the way Storm had planned the image in his ingenious mind, a move that Storm notes lasted about two weeks. The cost of this crazy project was over $500,000.


So all these crazy logistics drained into one moment that happened exactly on June 14, 1987. Everything was ready, the beds were placed exactly as Storm predicted, the extras, the dogs, and made were in exactly the right places and even a glider was raised to the sky to be captured in the picture. But then the unbelievable thing happened, rain fell to the ground and forced all those involved in the craft to repeat everything all over again, until the amazing museumresult.


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