Saturday, September 05, 2009

Learning to Fly

While more well-known for their sometimes ridiculously elaborate and complex onstage sets, a lesser-known but no less compelling aspect of prog-rock godfathers Pink Floyd's artistry is their penchant for putting out ambitious short films. One such video clip is the promo for 1987’s ‘Learning to Fly’, which was directed by longtime Floyd collaborator and venerable graphic-design icon Storm Thorgerson. Encompassing a multi-layered, conceptual storyline, this video takes in the tales of three different subjugated individuals who eventually blossom into luminaries more than the sum of their respective parts. It also garnered an unlikely MTV Video Music Award for Best Concept Video in 1988, surely a genuine surprise for the hoary old rock fogies.


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