Pink Floyd are one of the most commercially successful and influential rock bands of all time. They have sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million certified units in the United States, and 37.9 million albums sold in the US since 1993. This book is based on fans, friends and colleagues memories of the band from their earliest days in Cambridge through the on stage pyrotechnics of Dark Side and through to the massive stage events like The Wall. Includes new insights into the band with Syd Barrett.
From their gigs in tiny church halls to multimillion-selling albums--"The Dark Side" "of the Moon," "Wish You Were Here," and the rock opera "The Wall"--and elaborate stadium shows, this tome celebrates legendary rock band Pink Floyd. Lavishly illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and rare graphic memorabilia, including posters, advertisements, handbills, and tickets from every era of the band's remarkable history, this survey provides a comprehensive overview of the group, its members, and the times. In addition to a biographical account of the band's collective and individual careers--from their pre-Floyd times in the early 1960s to the present day and their music's evolution from psychedelic and space rock to progressive rock genres--this definitive reference presents a meticulously researched chronological listing of every Pink Floyd and solo concert with set lists, radio and television appearances, and a UK and U.S. discography.
The Legacy of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon
Author: Russell Reising
Pubpsher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This collection of essays provides indispensable studies of the monumental 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, from a variety of musical, cultural, literary and social perspectives. The development and change of the songs is considered closely, from the earliest recordings through to the live, filmed performance at London's Earls Court in 1994. The album is placed within the context of developments in late 1960s/early 1970s popular music, with particular focus on the use of a variety of segues between tracks which give the album a multidimensional unity.
Release on 2002 | by Alan Di Perna,Jeff Kitts,Brad Tolinski
Author: Alan Di Perna,Jeff Kitts,Brad Tolinski
Pubpsher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Pink Floyd's extraordinary career has now spanned four decades, from their early days pushing the cutting edge of British psychedelic pop to their massive successes with moody, conceptual masterpieces like Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall, to their acrimonious split with Roger Waters and finally, the immense stadium tours that followed. Throughout, Pink Floyd has influenced everyone from David Bowie to Nine Inch Nails to Radiohead, and their albums continue to have timeless appeal. Now, premier interview journalist Alan di Perna and the editors of Guitar World have collected penetrating interviews and insights into Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright to create a vivid portrait of a notoriously reclusive band.
With their early experiments in psychedelic rock music in the 1960s, and their epic recordings of the 1970s and '80s, Pink Floyd became one of the most influential and recognizable rock bands in history. As "The Pink Floyd Sound," the band created sound and light shows that defined psychedelia in England and inspired similar movements in the Jefferson Airplane's San Francisco and Andy Warhol's New York City. The band's subsequent recordings forged rock music's connections to orchestral music, literature, and philosophy. "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall" ignored pop music's ordinary topics to focus on themes such as madness, existential despair, brutality, alienation, and socially induced psychosis. They also became some of the best-selling recordings of all time. In this collection of essays, sixteen scholars expert in various branches of philosophy set the controls for the heart of the sun to critically examine the themes, concepts, and problems—usually encountered in the pages of Heidegger, Foucault, Sartre, or Orwell—that animate and inspire Pink Floyd's music. These include the meaning of existence, the individual's place in society, the interactions of knowledge and power in education, the contradictions of art and commerce, and the blurry line—the tragic line, in the case of Floyd early member Syd Barrett (died in 2006)—between genius and madness. Having dominated pop music for nearly four decades, Pink Floyd's dynamic and controversial history additionally opens the way for these authors to explore controversies about intellectual property, the nature of authorship, and whether wholes—especially in the case of rock bands—are more than the sums of their parts.
Although multi-million selling albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall are justifiably at the forefront of the Pink Floyd canon, the solo work of all five members - Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright - is a largely undocumented and fascinating aspect of the band's ongoing history. It is certainly diverse, from Barrett's mercurial early-70s album, The Madcap Laughs, through Waters' ever-acerbic solo concepts, to Gilmour's mainstream post-Millennium releases such as Rattle That Lock. And lest we forget the often under-appreciated contribution Mason and Wright made to Pink Floyd, their solo works are also represented, along with the session and production duties each Floyd member has undertaken over the years - some of which may raise an eyebrow or two! The ground-breaking nature of Pink Floyd's music has been kept alive and well in the releases of all solo members and has long been screaming out for analysis - something this book provides with compelling enthusiasm and insight. Listing every studio track they have released - placing them in chronological order - this is the perfect book for those who wish to delve deeper into Pink Floyd.
Pocos negarán que Pink Floyd ha sido y es una de las bandas más creativas de toda la historia de la música popular. Representantes de la psicodelia más enfebrecida, sus coqueteos con el rock sinfónico a principios de los setenta los catapultó a la primera línea de la escena mundial, hasta convertirse en uno de los pocos nom bres que pudieron medirse con los representantes de lo que más tarde se llamaría cultura oficial. Dentro de Pink Floyd da cuenta de los avatares por los que debieron pasar todos sus integrantes, si bien de una manera peculiar, ya que por primera vez un miembro de la banda ha escrito una visión personal sobre su historia. Nick Mason, su genial baterista y uno de los fundadores, aporta una perspectiva única sobre los mejores y peores momentos, desde la efervescencia del underground de finales de los años sesenta o el gran éxito mundial de The Dark Side of the Moon, uno de los álbumes más vendidos de la historia, hasta las desavenencias y tensiones dentro del seno de la banda. Inteligente, original y autocrítica, ésta es la historia de primera mano de una banda que se ha convertido con pleno derecho en uno de los referentes del último recio del siglo pasado.
Release on 2017-10-24 | by Jean-Michel Guesdon,Philippe Margotin
The Story Behind Every Track
Author: Jean-Michel Guesdon,Philippe Margotin
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
The newest addition to the best-selling All the Songs series details the unique recording history of Pink Floyd, one of the world's most commercially successful and influential rock bands. Since 1965, Pink Floyd been recording sonically experimental and philosophical music, selling more than 250 million records worldwide, including two of the best-selling albums of all time Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. While much is known about this iconic group, few books provide a comprehensive history of their time in the studio. In Pink Floyd All the Songs, authors Margotin and Guesdon describe the origin of their nearly 200 released songs, details from the recording studio, what instruments were used, and behind-the-scenes stories of the tensions that helped drive the band. Organized chronologically by album, this massive, 544-page hardcover begins with their 1967 debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the only one recorded under founding member Syd Barrett's leadership; through the loss of Barrett and the addition of David Gilmour; to Richard Wright leaving the band in 1979 but returning; to Roger Waters leaving in 1985 and the albums recorded since his departure, including their 2014 farewell album, The Endless River, which was downloaded 12 million times on Spotify the week it was released. Packed with more than 500 photos, All the Songs is also filled with stories fans treasure, such as Waters working with engineer Alan Parsons to employ revolutionary recording techniques for The Dark Side of the Moon at Abbey Road Studios in 1972 or producer Bob's Ezrin's contribution in refining Water's original sprawling vision for The Wall.
The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd is the ultimate companion to the band that changed the sound and scale of pop music forever. Features include: The Story: from the Syd Barrett era, the Dark Side Of The Moon phenomenon to their transformation into one of the world’s biggest bands, The Music: 50 essential Floyd songs and the stories behind them, plus all the albums and recording sessions, side-projects and solo careers, Floyd On Film: the movies and film soundtracks fromThe Wall and More to Zabriskie Point and Pink Floyd at Pompeii, Floydology file: the cover versions, rarities, DVDs, books and websites. From the psychedelic “happenings” of 60s London to the arena gigs, world tours and Live 8 reunion – it’s all here.