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Pink Floyd and A Hot Cup Of Joe

October 4, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Something for the dark side of your coffee table. Pink Floyd will ring in its 30th anniversary with a collection of their most memorable cover art called Mind Over Matter. Floyd's artistic direction was largely championed by Storm Thorgeson, who designed for the band from 1968 to 1995. The book will also showcase some unreleased pieces by Thorgeson. Though it is not yet released, you can place a pre-order at www.amazon.com.

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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