The Making of Pink Floyd The Wall

The Making of Pink Floyd The Wall

Describes the development of the iconic Pink Floyd album and subsequent film, all created in close collaboration with the author's art studio, and provides commentaries by the director of the film and the band members.

Inside Out

A Personal History of Pink Floyd

Inside Out

Three hundred color and black-and-white photographs enliven an insider's history of the rock group, chronicling the evolution of Pink Floyd through its entire forty-year history, from its earliest origins in the 1960s to the present day.

Pink Floyd's The wall

in the studio, on stage and on screen

Pink Floyd's The wall

All of Pink Floyd's 70s albums are a barometer of Britain's changing moods, as an age of optimism gave way to angst and apprehension. As the group evolved from the Flower Power world of their late-sixties music through the era-defining Dark Side of the Moon to the acerbic, late-seventies attitudes of The Wall, they became arguably the only British rock act to straddle the cultural divide between the swinging 60s and the post-punk 70s. In Pink Floyd's The Wall, Jeff Bench and Daniel O'Brien describe the making of The Wall—both the album and the film—and place it in the context of the changes in music and society which the album reflected. The book contains scores of rare color and black-and-white illustrations, including exclusive shots of the 1980 and 1990 live performances.

Saucerful of Secrets

The Pink Floyd Odyssey

Saucerful of Secrets

Called by The Chicago Tribune "the best book around on this enduringly popular band", Saucerful of Secrets is the first in-depth biography of this very private group. It goes beyond the smoke and lasers of Pink Floyd's incredible stage shows and into the secretive and often tumultuous lives of each band member. 16 pages of photographs.

Guitar Gods

The 25 Players who Made Rock History

Guitar Gods

Showcases the 25 players who made the greatest impact on rock and roll history. This book features Duane Allman, Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain, John Frusciante, Jerry Garcia, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Slash and Pete Townshend.

On the Mid-ground

On the Mid-ground

Hou Hanru is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and innovative curators and critics on the contemporary art scene today. Known for such ground-breaking exhibitions as Cities on the Move (co-curated with Hans Ulrich Obrist), Out of the Center, Parisien(ne)s and the Kwangju Biennial in Korea, his work addresses questions of globalization and identity, understanding contemporary art practice as it exists beyond geographical and regional boundaries. This dense, excellent collection of his writings and interviews is divided into four sections: "From China to the International," " From 'Exile' to the Global," "Global Cities and Art," and "Interviews, Dialogues, Conversations."

Acoustic Interculturalism

Listening to Performance

Acoustic Interculturalism

Acoustic Interculturalism is a study of the soundscapes of intercultural performance through the examination of sound's performativity. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, the book examines an akoumenological reception of sound to postulate the need for an acoustic knowing – an awareness of how sound shapes the intercultural experience.

Let's Go Crazy

Prince and the Making of Purple Rain

Let's Go Crazy

Alan Light, former writer for Rolling Stone, editor-in-chief of Vibe and Spin magazines, and author of The Holy or the Broken, “gets inside Prince’s mind palace in Let’s Go Crazy—a history of the making of his historic, semi-autobiographical musical masterwork, Purple Rain” (Vanity Fair). Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film—widely considered to be among the most important albums in music history and often named the best soundtrack of all time. It sold over a million copies in its first week of release in 1984 and blasted to #1 on the charts, where it would remain for a full six months and eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide. It spun off three huge hit singles, won Grammys and an Oscar, and took Prince from pop star to legend—the first artist ever simultaneously to have the #1 album, single, and movie in the country. In Let’s Go Crazy, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light takes a timely look at the making and incredible popularizing of this once seemingly impossible project. With impeccable research and in-depth interviews with people who witnessed and participated in Prince’s audacious vision becoming a reality, Light reveals how a rising but not yet established artist from the Midwest was able not only to get Purple Rain made, but deliver on his promise to conquer the world. “A must-read for the Prince die-hards who have remained devoted through the musical meanderings of the last three decades” (Kirkus Reviews), Let’s Go Crazy examines how the masterpiece that blurred R&B, pop, dance, and rock sounds altered the recording landscape and became an enduring touchstone for successive generations of fans.