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Man, is this one going fast I ve neglected books I was reading just to zip through this one I ll even be in bed, barely awake, and CANNOT put the fucker down.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 Man, is this one going fast I ve neglected books I was reading just to zip through this one I ll even be in bed, barely awake, and CANNOT put the fucker down.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 unmitigated history of the band in INSIDE OUT.But THIS thing Jesus Most comprehensive history of the band, delving into parts of their lives from the early days that I never knew about I m not saying don t read the three books from above, but if you start with THIS one, you might not need any of the others (((Read Pdf))) ☟ Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd ⇴ In Julyin Hyde Park, before a global audience of millions, Pink Floyd performed together on stage for the first time inyears 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 death of their troubled founder member Syd Barrett made headline news worldwide Both events signaled a kind of closure to the remarkable tale of one of the world s biggest bands Now, in the first full length history of the group for than fifteen years, Mark Blake tells the story of how a group of middle class Englishmen conquered the world Drawing on his own interviews with all of the band members, interviews with the group s friends, road crew, producers, former housemates and university colleagues, as well as musical contemporaries including Pete Townshend and Alice Cooper, Comfortably Numb follows Pink Floyd all the way from the early psychedelic nights at UFO in the mid sixties to the stadium rock and concept album zenith of the seventies, and finally the acrimonious schism that sundered the band in the s and s With Comfortably Numb The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, author Mark Blake gives the reader an intelligent biography of the band Blake, a former editor with Britain s Q Magazine and longtime contributor to Mojo.This Biography is being marketed as published to coincide with Pink Floyd s 40th anniversary Lots of good stuff here, some nice Syd stuff, though leaning a bit towards the Roger Waters side of the story.Pink Floyd revolutionized music and the live concert experience in the 1970s in a With Comfortably Numb The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, author Mark Blake gives the reader an intelligent biography of the band Blake, a former editor with Britain s Q Magazine and longtime contributor to Mojo.This Biography is being marketed as published to coincide with Pink Floyd s 40th anniversary Lots of good stuff here, some nice Syd stuff, though leaning a bit towards the Roger Waters side of the story.Pink Floyd revolutionized music and the live concert experience in the 1970s in a manner that compares to the Beatles in the 1960s Mark Blake is a renowned author who has written several seminal rock music biographies in addition to the Who book, he has written about Pink Floyd Pigs Might Fly The Inside Story of Pink Floyd and Queen Is This Real Life The Untold Story of Queen.Mark has previously been assistant editor of Q Magazine and is a long time contributor to Mojo Magazine If you re a huge Pink Floyd fan, like me, then this will be one of the most interesting books you ll ever read Mark Blake s well researched account of rock music s most innovative and timeless band is riveting, poignant and quite sad at moments, especially when recounting the mental deterioration of Pink Floyd co founder Syd Barrett. This is extremely well researched, and a thorough telling of the band s tumultuous history up until today But sadly a lot of times you ll be reading through 10 pages packed with names of friends, groupies, coworkers you I don t really care about and just when you expect him to dive into the actual songwriting and creative processes, the author leaves a lot to be desired I read the first half and then put it down for nearly two years before I actually got around to finishing it and that was This is extremely well researched, and a thorough telling of the band s tumultuous history up until today But sadly a lot of times you ll be reading through 10 pages packed with names of friends, groupies, coworkers you I don t really care about and just when you expect him to dive into the actual songwriting and creative processes, the author leaves a lot to be desired I read the first half and then put it down for nearly two years before I actually got around to finishing it and that was only because the whole world literally shut down for three weeks.The most interesting and well written parts throughout the book are the ones about Syd the earlier years of the band s history It often gets cluttered with uninteresting details and anecdotes, while the actual ideas behind the music take a backseat to everything else I genuinely could not care less where David Gilmour bought a house in 1983 or what someone s fifth girlfriend s dad worked as in 60s, unless these facts are somehow relevant to the actual music or brings some new perspective to the whole thing most of the time it doesn t None of these guys referring to Pink Floyd but also British male classic rock guys in general are particularly interesting or special apart from their music no matter how much boomer dads want to believe they are Still, they made nice music most of the time and that s what I want to read about, obviously in the context of their personal lives and relationships but not overshadowed by them Still, it s a worthwhile read for hardcore fans, and probably a lotrewarding for people who were actually around during the 1960s 1980s and knows who the hell all the millions of people namedropped in this book are were Wow After reading this book, I ve come to the conclusion that Roger Waters was one of the biggest assholes who has ever lived He was is a freakin monster A bully A grouch Never happy Always has to be right Always has to win Always has to have the last word Confrontational Critical as hell A royal dick To everyone Especially to David Gilmour And Richard Wright He generally spared Nick Mason.This is one of the most comprehensive rock bios I ve ever read, starting out with the group Wow After reading this book, I ve come to the conclusion that Roger Waters was one of the biggest assholes who has ever lived He was is a freakin monster A bully A grouch Never happy Always has to be right Always has to win Always has to have the last word Confrontational Critical as hell A royal dick To everyone Especially to David Gilmour And Richard Wright He generally spared Nick Mason.This is one of the most comprehensive rock bios I ve ever read, starting out with the group s boyhoods in Cambridge in the 1950s to their forming the band in the mid 60s Of course, Syd Barret was the singer and guitar player and was charisma personified This book probably is probably one fourth about Syd, which irritated the hell out of me and nearly knocked it down a star I ve never understood the writer s, fan s, and band s obsession of and love for Syd Barret Floyd s classic album Wish You Were Here was made as a tribute to Barret and just about every album they produced had songs that were tributes to him Yet he was only with the band for one fucking album The first one The band has been in existence for 50 years and he was with the band for about two, so get the fuck over him people Damn He wasn t even that good And six months into their first album s existence, he went insane Too many drugs, mostly pot and LSD Lots and lots of acid, daily He burned himself out He went from being a fun, eccentric, vibrant young man with lots of promise to a basic corpse on stage who couldn t wouldn t sing and just let his guitar hand around his neck without playing it So the band hired their friend David Gilmour to come in and back Barret up, to play the guitar for him and even sing the songs, all the while pretending it was Syd But that didn t last very long After about six months of that, one night the band decided not to pick Syd up for a show And then they didn t the next night And after that, he was gone.Pink Floyd got their start playing at the UFO, a psychedelic club in London where they were the house band and everyone was tripping When their first album came out, it generally got decent reviews and made them minor stars They were doing what was called acid rock or space rock, take your pick After Syd left, they had to find a new songwriter, so Roger took that role on his shoulders and became the band s de facto leader He wrote the songs, with minor contributions from the others and Gilmour sang Gilmour was apparently an excellent guitar player, while Waters was a mediocre bassist, but he was an ideas man and felt good about that.Their next few albums got decent reviews, but weren t huge sellers and their record company was begging them for a hit single Finally, they produced the all time classic, Dark Side of the Moon, which stayed on the charts for an amazing 14 straight years That changed everything It went to number one in many countries, made them superstars, and made them rich And they went on tours Big tours Expensive tours Tours that Waters became dictator of in regards to everything in every detail.Wish You Were Here and Animals came out over the next few years and sold well Everyone seemed to know the first one was the band s tribute to Syd, who by this time was quite ill But Gilmour was watching out for him, making sure he was getting his royalties and being taken care of Around this time, Waters had had enough of Wright, who he thought wasn t contributing enough, so he got the band to fire him, which was stunning Wright s keyboards played in integral role on virtually every Floyd song there was and he had even written some songs, so it was just a crazy power play This didn t sit well with Gilmour, who by this time was having a hard time even conversing cordially with Waters.Meanwhile, Waters had a vision He wanted to do a themed album, a brutal album about a rock star who goes crazy, gets power hungry, but is then redeemed at the end In other words, himself And Syd He wrote the songs for The Wall and the band put it all together for a year and a half The band hired Wright back, but not as a full member, rather as an hourly player with no credits Somehow Wright agreed to this When The Wall came out, it was a huge hit and Waters was flush with pride And then they made it into a movie, starring Bob Geldoff as the main character Waters hated Geldoff, but couldn t do anything about the casting The band went on a huge tour with some 200 roadies, all around the world, and made a killing, but Waters pissed everyone off so much, that a lot of people refused to ever speak to him again Gilmour, by this time, hardly spoke to Waters, himself He had had it with him And Waters had had it with Gilmour So he quit Pink Floyd and tried to dissolve the band But Gilmour and Mason had other ideas They wanted to keep the band going, with Wright, and still put out albums under the Pink Floyd name Waters was incensed and sued them to stop it He lost Hah Serves him right He went on to do solo albums, none of which made a dent in the charts He toured to crowds of 6,000 people, but claimed it didn t bother him Meanwhile, the remaining members of Pink Floyd gradually decided to do another album, after Gilmour put out his own solo album, which also didn t sell A Momentary Lapse of Reason was produced with Gilmour writing most of the songs, with the help of his then journalist girlfriend, later his wife The album shot to number one everywhere and the band went out on huge stadium tours playing to 80,000 people at a time Gilmour must have felt vindicated, but Waters couldn t let it go, bitching that Gilmour could only do it with the help of his wife, that he didn t have the talent to do it on his own He also said the album sucked.Fast forward a few years There aresolo albums, by everyone None sold well The members of Pink Floyd decide to do another album and spend a good bit of time producing it It hit number one on the charts too and they went on another big tour During this tour, they played new stuff, very old stuff, including stuff from the first album, and the entire Dark Side of the Moon album Recordings of the concert were later released as Pulse Of course, Waters was immensely critical.And that s about it Waters produced an opera that was mildly successful and allegedly mellowed in his 60s The band reunited for Liveaid 8 around 2005 and there was speculation they d get together again Waters even indicated he d be willing to, but Gilmour wouldn t hear of it He hated Waters too much He turned down a 250,000,000 offer The book ends with a new solo Gilmour album that becomes the band s first solo album to sell successfully and with Gilmour finally finding some peace And with Syd s death in 2006 He lived very frugally, but to everyone s surprise, was quite rich when he died He left his money to his brothers and sisters None of the band members attended the funeral Syd was quite insane for most of his life A pity One of the cool things about this book is the detailed descriptions of the covers and how they came about How they were conceived and shot or drawn You don t usually get that in rock bios and I was glad to see that You also get commentary on most songs on the albums Pink Floyd is one of the most enduring and successful bands in rock history This book does them justice and is definitely recommended for fans and anyone else Alright, why do you read a biography about a band To learnabout them To get the historical context To work out where you want to go upwards and sideways in the back catalogue To see if the voice matches the actions and the lyrics match the life To have a littlein the nerd armoury next time you get out to Pop Quiz Because there s nothing better than the comfort of the satisfying rock bio arc Young Blossoming Mass Market Art Mastering Coke Collapse and Crotchety Crack Up To ma Alright, why do you read a biography about a band To learnabout them To get the historical context To work out where you want to go upwards and sideways in the back catalogue To see if the voice matches the actions and the lyrics match the life To have a littlein the nerd armoury next time you get out to Pop Quiz Because there s nothing better than the comfort of the satisfying rock bio arc Young Blossoming Mass Market Art Mastering Coke Collapse and Crotchety Crack Up To maybe give you an insight about the artists of today and where they are in the arc Well all that is here I learnt a lotabout them, but none of it was all that interesting These are some plain cracker guys but something about their stillness was able to communicate something cosmic and essential I learnt that their inability to talk about how they were feeling ended up with great universal sighs and despairs ending up in their music, and that being the best place for it once it got recorded I learn that Roger Waters is a colossal arsehole I went upwards and sideways in the catalogue and felt vindicated that the best stuff, Echoes through Wish You Were Here, is where I m already at and already dig I don t need the Syd stuff, as it is mainly falling over beautifully, which I have enough of elsewhere And the post Abbey Road stuff, esp the Wall, is as full of bitterness Waters or absence Waters leaving and taking his focus with him as I d expected.The voice matches the actions Dave Gilmour s What a beautiful creature he is, to look at and to listen to John Lennon was massively improved by Paul s musicianship and soft edges, but John would still have been great without him Roger Waters wrote most of the songs, did most of the thinking, had most of the insights, but Gilmour s gentle beauty made it all work Nerd Armoury well I know the order of the records and which ones are a jerk off I know a bitabout the Joe Boyd psych club end of things But GOD ALMIGHTY this is a boring, stodgy book And is so CRAMMED with mundane facts that the chance of them sticking is nil It s not anyone s fault, it s meant to be encyclopedic, not kaleidoscopic, but working one s way through the grind of 80s spats and solo album fall flats, not fun at all Oh, i did learn that Roger Waters is a collosal arsehole.This book is TEXTBOOK Rock Biog structure Although Syd Barrett cycling through the whole process when the story has just got started is very sad, and of course central to Floyd s whole mythos The third act of terrible solo records and coke binges on cash in tours is epic in it s turgidity, and by page 380 I was almost Stockholm Syndromed into enjoying it and wanting to carry on reading Thankfully it has the Live 8 reformation as a bookend to open and close the book The footage of which is on Youtube and, if you ignore Waters gurning, is genuinely beautiful As is the bit where they cut to the audience and a man is overexcitedly singing along to his missus and sort of headbutting her in excitement as she looks confused as to who this man is she married It s at 4 minutes 37 seconds, do watch In terms of perspec on today I kept being reminded of Kanye when Roger Waters was being a collosal arsehole throughout Just seems such a shame, making all this amazing music, making a ton of cash, and the whole time just concerned with petty squabbles, anger and frustration The root of which in both cases is missing a dead parent and wanting desperately for them to hear all the beauty they re making, and being confused and upset when Mom Dad never turns up to listen.Anyway Great band, stodgy book, odd people, Roger Waters is a collosal arsehole.P.S I went and bought this in Rough Trade Nottingham when I popped up there a few weeks ago They had a two for a fiver books offer and I had picked this up and asked my girlfriend what other one I should get She suggested a Van Morrison biog, which I wanted, but had to refuse on the grounds that going into a newly opened hip record shop and buying a book on Floyd and a book on Van the Van Man would have made me the most middle aged human in history I spoke to the nice young man at the counter and told him I had been going to RT for years and years He was 23, and I noticed out loud that when I met John Peel in RT Neal s Yard at a God Is My Co Pilot in store gig HE HADN T EVEN BEEN BORN So that was quite something Fantastic I ve really only discovered Pink Floyd about two weeks ago and what a treat to now go back through their full catalogue and tantalise my ears with Echoes , Comfortably Numb and Atom Heart Mother a song which takes up the entire first side of their same titled LP This book was a remarkable read, detailing the absolute roller coaster ride of what David Gilmour aptly describes the lumbering great behemoth of Pink Floyd, shares incredible insights into the individuals evolvi Fantastic I ve really only discovered Pink Floyd about two weeks ago and what a treat to now go back through their full catalogue and tantalise my ears with Echoes , Comfortably Numb and Atom Heart Mother a song which takes up the entire first side of their same titled LP This book was a remarkable read, detailing the absolute roller coaster ride of what David Gilmour aptly describes the lumbering great behemoth of Pink Floyd, shares incredible insights into the individuals evolving and disintegrating relationships with one another and leaves absolutely no doubt as to why they grossly capture audiences across generations Including me Part of me just likes to read about songs or albums that I like themundane the details the better my favorite book on the Beatles is The Beatles Recording Sessions, which is a day to day account of what went on while they were recording all of their records who played what when and so on.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 get Part of me just likes to read about songs or albums that I like themundane the details the better my favorite book on the Beatles is The Beatles Recording Sessions, which is a day to day account of what went on while they were recording all of their records who played what when and so on.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 get along, or reading about driven, nasty Roger Waters and poor, confused Syd Barrett And, actually, I like the Recording Sessions book best because when it talks about the personalities in conflict or consensus , it shows them most clearly while they re trying to make something Not that you might want to, but you can learn a lot about all of the Beatles and about family dynamics by reading about how they recorded Ob La Di, Ob La Da This book has some of that, but spends too much time talking about what houses they bought and what cars they drove Oh, and I like books with lotspictures Pink Floyd s contributions to music, songwriting, motion picture scoring, motion picture authoring, arena rock productions, musicianship, engineering, production, lyricism and infighting are unsurpassed Regardless your position or opinion debating the greatest band of all time, the greatest arena show performer ever or the greatest guitarist of all time, the facts remain 250 million albums sold, Grammies, a BAFTA, Hall of Fame inductions, record setting tours and a 14 year Billboard listing fo Pink Floyd s contributions to music, songwriting, motion picture scoring, motion picture authoring, arena rock productions, musicianship, engineering, production, lyricism and infighting are unsurpassed Regardless your position or opinion debating the greatest band of all time, the greatest arena show performer ever or the greatest guitarist of all time, the facts remain 250 million albums sold, Grammies, a BAFTA, Hall of Fame inductions, record setting tours and a 14 year Billboard listing for Dark Side of the Moon, potentially the most famous rock album that will ever be produced.Comfortably Numb The Inside Story of Pink Floyd is Mark Blake s meticulously researched exploration of the band All pre loaded adjectives aside, the biography is an accurate, well documented recounting of one of the most impactful music groups ever to record Anyone who grew up struggling to understand the band or its music or believing the group s ubiquitous FM messages of the 70s were just anti authoritarian and base rebellion will find crystalline clarification and an informed education within Blake s work