In July 2005 in Hyde Park, before a global audience of millions, Pink Floyd performed together on stage for the first time in 24 years. From the moment the metronomic pulse of a heartbeat thudded out to begin "Speak to Me" to the soaring guitar solo that climaxed "Comfortably Numb," these self-effacing men in their late fifties stole the show. Almost a year later, the deat...more
I think I've read just about every book on PINK FLOYD, learning little bits of information along the way, filling in the gaps, sometimes even getting most of the same stuff with every book I read. First it was Miles' PINK FLOYD datebook from the 80's, then Nicholas Schaefer's A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS, then the recent Nick Mason autobio/unmi...more
But another part of me is fascinated to read about the personalities that go into making the songs or albums I like--it's like a family saga, reading about John Lennon & Paul McCartney trying to...more
Despite these challenges, Blake has done solid work. His insights into the creative process of the three Pink Floyd's explain why it too...more
Greatest thing about it is the absolute attention to detail. This is particularly exceptional with the descriptions of where members of the band and their friends used to ha...more
Some familiarity with Floyd's music is must even if you're not a die hard fan and it helps to have Spotify on standby too. After the early stages the book basically devotes a chapter to each album.
Two things are notable, one is the long shadow cast by Syd Barret...more
The book doesn't shy away from calling each of these guys on their nonsense. I appreciated the honesty and the i...more
One of the mysteries about Pink Floyd were the members themselves. Their photos rarely if ever appeared on album covers – and stage effects and props were the actual stars, relegating the members to the roles of background musicians at th...more
I have recently gotten into them and enjoy their music a lot. This book(like all band books)gave a lot of page-turning information about how they started, how they got famous and so on. David Gilmour is also one of my guitar aspirations, so it was fun reading about him.
I would definitely...more
The band lurches (or is yanked) from one controlling/dominate personality to another. Sid Barrett, David Gilmour, and Roger Waters. Each moulded (as the Brits would write it) the band i...more
From the very first sentence it didn't feel like a book but a window through time, cruising through time, pausing to meet people and hear their stories featuring Syd, David, Roger, Richard and Nick.
Every chapter is a treasure trove for the millions of Pink Floyd fans. I do not have enough words to thank Mark Blake for th...more
Anyway, I did enjoy reading about the creative process behind the rest of the albums. The personality clashes between band members made me cringe a li...more
I would have preferred to read some thoughful reflect...more
I loved reading this book. Absolutely worth the time I put into it. I don't even think I want to read another book about Pink Floyd.
And yet, I somehow get the feeling that I'm not yet quite sure exactly what transpired that caused all the friction, the bitterness in general. I'm not sure I understand all the turmoil 80s onwards.
An absolutely must read for any Pink Floyd fan though. Gives my listening of the music a whole new dimension since now I k...more