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The music of Pink Floyd gains muchmeaning when placed in the context of the band’s history, and that is precisely what Schaffner does in Saucerful of Secrets From the early days of Syd Barrett and the underground London scene to Dark Side of the Moon and straight on through the Gilmour and Waters solo albums, the book reveals the creative processes, internal conflicts, triumphs, and tragedies of this timeless band while progressing chronologically through Pink Floyd’s albums Don’t expect major criticisms here—Schaffner was a huge Floyd fan and his love for the band oozes through his writing—but for those seeking a good overview of the band’s history and music, this is your book. This might be the world's most boring band That is not to say that I don't like the Floyd, but jeez, for a band that was the soundtrack for so many psychedelic fueled bouts of bad poetry writing and other stoner pastimes, these dudes were duds They were all pretty rich before becoming rock stars, Roger Waters is a complete megalomaniac, and the greatest disappointment was they really didn't even take that many drugs It's a sad day to discover that a band regarded as visionary and legendary drug rock were indeed not inspired by psuedospiritual acid trips, but merely overblown egos. @Ebook á Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey × Saucerful of Secrets is the first indepth biography of this very private group At the heart of the saga is Syd Barrett, the group's brilliant founder, whose public decline into shattered incoherenceattributable in part to his marathon use of LSDis one of the tragedies of rock history The making of Dark Side of the Moon and Floyd's other great albums is recounted in detail, as are the mounting of The Wall  and the creation of the flying pigs, crashing  planes, Mr Screen and the other elements of their spectacular stage shows The book also explores the many battles between bass playersong writer Roger Waters and the rest of the group, leading up to Water's acrimonious departure for a solo  career inand his unsuccessful attempt to disolve the group he had left behindSaucerful of Secrets is an electrifying account of this groundbreaking, mindbending group, covering every period of their career from  earliest days to latest recordings It is full of  revealing information that will be treasured by all who love Pink Floyd's music The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think.Oh by the way, which one's Pink? (c)If you arethan just a casual fan, Saucerful of Secrets is a mustread This is the first biography of the Floyd that trails its history from infancy through the golden years and Roger's conceptualism to the beginning of the 90's (Schaffner has never seen his book published as it was finished in 1991 right before his death) Writing about a band so ultimately private and largely mystified must be not an easy task I have read quite a few books on Floyds, and although this one does not cover the Division Bell and Live 8 reunion, it manages, in my opinion, to surpass by a large margin all of the later efforts It throws light on the inspiration and tensions behind every song and contains quite rare facts that even a very ultimate fan might have never come across before An idea of matching the titles of the chapters to the band's discography is simple, yet very moving.I will start with a grain of salt One cannot disregard Schaffner's HUGE admiration for Syd Barrett (nearly half of the book is concentrated on just one particular character) And although I do agree that Syd was probably one of the most talented lyricists in the history of music, it was impossible not to be annoyed by this fact, particularly not when the author continued highlighting an importance of Syd's influence on completely stylistically deviated postUmmagumma Floyd When reading a biography, one expects it to be unbiased and balanced, and I would definitely prefer the genius of Roger's lyrical and David's musical abilities to be put in the same spotlight Additionally, there were several inaccuracies, though, all of them concern very minor facts and can be written off to the lack of reliable information sources at the time It is also slightly disappointing that Roger refused to be interviewed for the book, which made the coverage of some widely known tensions onesided.What I liked very much is that the book touches not just a story of one band, but covers the spirit of several epochs, from psychedelic late 60s with the arthouse venues like UFO to hippies and punks, pirate radios and manyThis fact is not surprising given that Schaffner knew the world of rockroll from within, having written The Beatles' and John Lennon's biographies and being acquainted with nearly every significant music figure.This book is also very valuable for me because it made me realise at least some of the reasons behind the Floyd phenomenon It always remained unexplained to me, how could the music to such extent arthouse, experimental, space out (timeless, ageless, spacious, as David himself addressed it in 1971 video interview) become so widely popular 6070s were rich for good rock bands: Stones, Beatles, LedZeps, Cream, The Who and many manyBut if there exists quite a logical explanation for their popularity: catchy/danceable/memorable pop tunes good vocals good guitar sound a classical rock idol lifestyle = masses buy it, Floyds always stood out as not quite a fit for this formula Quiet boys of rock music, they always remained in the shadow of their own brand and played not what the mass wanted to consume but what they thought was important to say Entirely undanceable, conceptual, pretentious (so pretentious that they even struggled to reach the inner peace), searching for original harmonies and complicated tunes, they never even attempted to be down to earth They were middleclass kidsMost english rock and roll was very much a workingclass phenomenon (Miles) What I realised is that it has to do with a number of random facts that clicked, the first one being a pure luck for the early Floyd to become a headliner for the aciddriven psychedelic London scene The tragic story behind the crazy diamond was, paradoxically, their second lucky ticket, together with Dave Gilmour who finally brought musicality and shaped the sound into something that shined, something that we loved as Pinks Floyd Wouldn't there be this substitution, interest in the Floyds would have vanished together with the interest in the whole subculture There was also a very rare chemistry between the Floydians, such that the sum of the parts was far greater than their individual offerings This is something that happens very rarely even for great musicians, let alone ones as amateur as Floyds David and Roger complemented each other in an iconic way Dave made people enjoy it And Roger made them think The combination worked really well (N.Griffiths) And when this chemistry met their pedantic perfectionism, tendency of nailing every single note, every visual and lyrical row, progressing from record to another, their sound became irresistible even for people with polar tastes There is hardly any other band that would be so consistent in terms of the quality of their songs across all the albums Take as an example something as acclaimed as Zeppelins who had several completely genius records, whose vocal and drum work, as well as live sound were objectively better than those of Floyds Yet, when it comes to the quality of the musical product as a unity, this chemistry rarely happened: among these brilliant songs, there often occurred objectively quite undistinguished pop ones with simple repeated chords, mainstream melodies, poor lyrics and little sound progression And final stroke in this set of random facts, I believe, was something that Floyds discovered after the Meddle album and something they were unbeatably good at building massive structures I never drew parallels before reading this book, but Waters, Wright and Mason all studied architecture and hence had had a purely architectural vision of music great cathedral constructions taking up whole albums and building amphitheaters They were architects even in terms of technicalities of recording, using multitrack tapes This gave Floyd its famous depth All of this sequentially summed up and enabled Floyd dictating their own concept of music and producing DSOM that still remains the best selling album in the history of rock music and holds a record for staying in Billboard charts for the longest period of over 3 years Weird in a good way, they did great job using their strong sides And Schaffnerhe has also done a great job on this book!Floyd was like an experimental theatre let's try this, let's try thatcompletely unafraid Audrey Powell, Hipgnosis They weren't players they were kind of concept artists, really.(Pete Brown, British poet and lyricist, on Pink Floyd).Nicholas Schaffner's Saucerful of Secrets The Pink Floyd Odyssey (1991) is a welltold and insightful story of the famous British band, one of the brightest stars in the rockmusic pantheon They began playing together in 1965 and were active in recording studios or on tours until 1994 The group temporarily reunited for the Live 8 (Live Aid) benefit concert in 2005 Mr Schaffner's book covers the history of the band only until the late 1980s, the period of the band's most important creative activity.I am a Pink Floyd fan, albeit not an usual one I only like their earlier music, music that still carries the influence of Syd Barrett Not for me is The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), one of the bestselling albums in the history of music, an album that was on the bestseller charts for unprecedented 741 weeks (yes, 15 years) and which I find a good piece of elevator music Thus, I am very happy that Mr Schaffner does not allocate his attention proportionally to the commercial value of the group's works: a significant portion of the book is dedicated to Pink Floyd's early years.The band's origins are tied to the Spontaneous Underground, a 1965 community action project, connected with the London Free School, and carried on by the Indica Bookshop This was an anarchic, intellectual, avantgarde movement: in some sense an alternative to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones commercialism Syd Barrett was the heart and the soul of the early Pink Floyd, and it was his musical and artistic genius that allowed the band to emerge as a unique phenomenon The author mentions the seminal concert in October of 1966, where Pink Floyd played along Soft Machine, another alternative band of the late 1960s that also stayed active for great many years, however on the art side of music rather than, like Pink Floyd, on the business side (see my review of Soft Machine's story here ).Pink Floyd's first album, the wonderful Piper at the Gates of Dawn was released almost exactly 50 years ago, in August 1967 I doubt if many Pink Floyd fans would recognize the band's early sound, totally devoid of the overblown bombast, technooverload, and fake pathos of their most famous music, but full of psychedelic charm and whimsy instead I don't think the fans of The Dark Side of the Moon would like the first album at all.In 1967 Pink Floyd were all about art, about being avantgarde, about being far out Starting in 1968 1969 they began to care about business and making money Gradual disappearance of Syd Barrett and his descent into mental illness paralleled that process Three further albums, Saucerful of Secrets, Ummagumma, and Atom Heart Mother still have some connections with their psychedelic avantgarde roots Beginning with Meddle and peaking with The Dark Side and, in particular, The Wall, Pink Floyd went full blast into hugescale commercial showmaking.The saddest part of the book, other than the testimony to the commercialization of art, is the account of the acrimonious split between Roger Waters and David Gilmour who replaced the irreplaceable Syd Barrett in 1968 The author of the book died many years before the two feuding musicians decided to play along each other at the Live 8 concert in 2005 I wish he were at that concert.Very well written, informative, balanced, and extremely readable chronicle of (d)evolution of a famous band.Four stars. It's all about which side you're onthe early and brief Barrettera Floyd or the late and long postBarrett Floyd So it goes with the band's music, so it goes with this biography of the group I, like the author, are unequivocally in the Barrett camp, so I liked this read Barrett was a quick flash of brilliance and for a brief moment, the early Floyd was killer Without him, the band became filler, staid, limp, sapping rock 'n roll of any of its excitement Others, likely most, of course, will disagree, but as I said, it's all about the Barrett fault line I was surprised that I managed to finish the second half of the book which detailed the alltoopredictable rock drama of infighting, label disputes, lawsuits, divorces, and other rich rock star problems But the first half offers some fun insights into Barrett, the main man of the early Floyd It was interesting to learn that he was a betterknown cult figure in the UK, as he was and remains obscure stateside Most revealing for me was Schaffner's observation that Barrett served as the primary inspiration for glam's most wellknown artists, Marc Bolan and David Bowie Though I had never made that connection, reading it, the connection became instantly obvious Schaffner writes: the prototype for Marc's fey glamourdown to the eyeliner, PanCake makeup, and 'corkscrew hair'was provided by Syd Barrett, whom Bolan still acknowledged as 'one of the few people I'd actually call a geniusHe inspired me beyond belief.' The 'glitter king' even looked just like the late'67 model Syd (102).As for Bowie, he was no less smitten and shaped by Syd The epiphany that pop music and high art might be fused into one medium first struck him, and credited Barrett, along with Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, as his three great inspirations (102). I heard Dark Side of the Moon for the first time as a freshman in high school That was a while ago, and from those openings sounds and notes I became a huge Pink Floyd fan, and over the years the love grew as I identifyandwith Roger Waters’ lyrics That’s not to say I don’t appreciate David Gilmour’s guitar heroics, but I’m a writer, not a musician Then there’s the fractured bridge between them, the writer, musician, rock star, and one of if not the biggest of rock’s tragedies and saddest stories In his 1992 definitive biography of Pink Floyd, and still the most renown work to focus on the band and tell their grand tale, Nicholas Schaffner begins and ends Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey with the man in questionTo read the rest of this review go to I thought this was an adequate book, certainly a decent history of Pink Floyd from the band's origins up to about the mid80s, but I felt the whole thing was skewed by the fact that Schaffner clearly has an overdeveloped hero worship of Syd Barrett and writes the whole book as a sort of tribute to what might have been rather than the greatness that was He tends to downplay David Gilmour's genius, a crime in my opinion, and subtly argues that Roger Waters was just a guy who had to soldier on after the mental collapse of the band's founding genius, rather than giving him credit for being the genius who was inspired by a madman, which to me seems aaccurate telling of the tale Still and all, worth a read, just take it with a few grains of salt. The first half of this book, the part about Syd Barrett, haunted me long after he exited the narrative, long after I put the book down, long after I'd forgotten the details of Waters and Gil's petty feuds Everything about him is so haunting and beautiful and enigmatic After reading this book I discovered Syd's music, which alone earns this book 5 stars It really should get 4, as the second half was about 3 star quality for me, but I was so fascinated and engrossed by Syd's story, and so fell in love with his music, that I have to give this book 5 stars I've come to appreciate Barrettera Floydthen heightofpopularityera Floyd, although they're almost apples and oranges (ha ha ha get it?) The former is soaring, beautiful, wild to the point of barely being in control of itself Spontaneous art! Lowtech art! The art of Pink Floyd the underground legends! Water's music is all about conveying a message, carefully crafting his songs and albums so as to communicate his meanings Which is what I loved about Pink Floyd originally They put so much thought into every aspect Watersera Floyd went even further, constructing meaning not only through song but through performance, stage sets, lights, becoming bigger and bigger,andexpensive, and ultimately the quintessential bloating rock giants After Syd left, Pink Floyd had to remake themselves without their greatest asset, Syd's talent and magic They rose to the challenge beautifully, throwing all kinds of creative solutions at the problem until they found a strategy that worked, and honed it Water's Floyd is very leftbrained, very Apollonian, whereas Syd was Dionysian to his soul.Also, I was surprised by how much of an asshole Roger Waters is Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan, but the guy has some personality issues The nastiness and weirdness of Roger's personality is what mainly kept me interested in the second half of the book. Every Pink Floyd fan should own Saucerful of Secrets It a fascinating book about this very private, secretive group The writing is skillfully done, and it's a quick read I used this book as the basis for an entire class I taught about Pink Floyd The book carries us through the history of the band from their births to the book's publication date in 1991 The early lives of the band members are interesting, but once the band is formed, it becomes fabulous The book goes into great detail about the deterioration of Syd Barrett's mental state and how it affected the other members of the band That's my favorite part of the book because I didn't know a lot of that I was born in 1968 and came to Pink Floyd later I always knew there was a guy named Syd in the band, but I had no idea how influential he was on everything the band has done since It's great We also get a good look at much of the band's later work and the inspirations for it I enjoyed reading about how the band evolved from a fringe, underground club band into one of the first supergroups playing stadiums The book follows all the way through the breakup of the '70s/early '80s incarnation and their solo work It also discusses the conflicts and court cases the former friends had following the breakup All in all, this is a great book I recommend it to any Pink Floyd fan I guarantee you'll learn something you probably didn't know about them.