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Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd

Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd [Kindle Edition]

Nick Mason , Philip Dodd
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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'quietly wise and witty memoir... brave honesty and some surprisingly engaging technical stuff' -- EVENING STANDARD

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The definitive history of one of the world's great bands by a founder member - updated for the Wall tour of 2011.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4258 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B002955GF8
  • Publisher: Phoenix (1 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GQ5HXS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole story? 31 Jan 2005
In theory, Nick Mason is the person best-placed to write the story of Pink Floyd, as he is the only person who has been in the band from beginning to end. In reality, maybe he is just too nice to tell the real truth, whatever that is.
What is in the book is well-enough written, with humour and humility, but what is left out is probably much more interesting, and I am sure that a lot has been left out. My first impression of the book when I unwrapped it at Christmas was that it was huge - large pages and very thick - so must be an exhaustive and comprehensive work. However, the paper is high-quality (ie thick) and a lot of the space is given over to photographs and wide margins, so there was not as much content as it first appeared.
One thing that comes across in the book is the difficulty the members of the band have in communicating with each other, and expressing what they feel. This means that anything written about what Roger, Rick, Dave or even Syd thought about any particular event is largely guesswork - even from someone who has known them for decades. The only band member Nick Mason can really understand is himself, but I had the feeling he was trying to avoid making the book into a personal autobiography and thus held back on the material that would be 100% accurate.
In spite of all that, it is still a decent read, with some interesting anecdotes, and certainly essential for any fan of the band. Obviously the biggest disappointment was that it did not give some clue at the end about what future plans, if any, there are for the band, but that would have been asking a bit too much.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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The story of Pink Floyd as seen through the eyes of Nick Mason (the drummer of Pink Floyd). This is really good stuff. Starting of with his birth, Mason records his entire musical career and that of Pink Floyd right up to the Live 8 Concert in 2005. That means everything, including the rather difficult separation of Roger Waters from the band. If you are looking for one of these gossipy books then this is not for you. On the other hand if you are into dry humour and witty observation then this book is definitely for you. I read in one go – largely because I had the time to do it – but also I just love the way Mason tells the story. At times it struck me a touch too technical but that’s probably because I know nothing about that side of things. But apart from that, I found it to be a real page turner.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read 22 Sep 2005
I bought this book from amazon 2 months ago and read it in the space of 3 days. I am a huge Floyd fan and there are not many books out there of any significance about the band. The book looks large but not as big as it looks (ie. lots of photos including 2 page photos and large spaced writing).
The reason i give it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it doesnt really tell you anything about the inspiration for any of the songs (one or two maybe) or what they are about and this is the kind of thing i love to read about. In fairness, Nick wasn't the song writer as such so maybe he isnt as aware of these bits as Roger or the other guys. Also I thought he glossed over certain albums and didnt give a huge amount of info on them. Finally, as i suspect Nick was trying to keep everybody happy he didnt really go into any great detail about the differences the band had (mainly Dave & Roger) when they were coming apart, which i think was a very difficult time for the band (from about 1978 till 1981).
All in all though its an excellent read and really gives a feel for the band, especially in the early days with Syd and the early 70's when the band developed in to the band we know today. He is quite witty and it is very well written. What we need now is a Pink Floyd anthology similar to the Beatles one where they all put their spoke in and we get the full Floyd story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute MUST for all Floyd fans 17 Jan 2007
Nick Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd to have played on every album they recorded, so gives him a unique insight into every period and aspect of the band. He's also the first band member to put pen to paper and write about their time together - and it isn't likely any of the others are in a hurry to do so soon. It's wonderfully written, with Nick showing a great amount of humour (something that was often absent within the fantastic music they made) when describing their exploits. The hardback version of the book has some fantastic photos, many from his personal archive, and previously unreleased and includes a haunting picture of long lost ex-bandmate Syd when he unexpectedly turned up at the studio when they were recording 'Shine On...'

If you are a fan of Pink Floyd, I have no hesitation in recommending this book, and even though bandmate Roger Waters grumbled that 'there's not enough sex in it' there's plenty of meat on the bones of what it was to be part of one of the most successful British rock bands in the world.

Absolutely top stuff.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Floyd book 7 Oct 2004
If anyone is going to tell the mammoth story of the legendary Pink Floyd then who better than their best spectator Nick Mason, the man who has sat in on the drums on all their albums. Mason actually does a good job at adding lots of wit to this book which may come as a surprise to some Pink Floyd fans who probably assumed wit was not in their vocabulary. He comes across as both charming and down to earth telling he's story on the last 30 odd years of Floyd. The book actually starts at a suitable place telling of the time when he first spoke to Roger Waters some 6 months after they started the same Uni and Waters asked to borrow he's car. Anecdotes are applenty and are all very assuming or informative giving a real feel for how some of the days in Floyd must have really unfolded.
All other members of the band have read the script beforehand with Waters being "very liberal" in he's use of the green highlighter pen as was Gilmour by all means who blocked the book 10 years ago from being fully finished. That however has been a blessing as it has meant that in the time Mason and Waters have made friends again and sorted their differences, making the story less harsh on anyone as it may have been had the two not been on speaking terms.
Finally this book is a must have for fans of Pink Floyd and also general rock fans as Floyd's is one of the biggest that had been left untold by a band member. There are many pictures which makes this different from other Floyd books although does show one distressing picture of Syd in 1975 after he had put on weight and had shaved he's eyebrows. It wasn't something that I think any real fan of the man needs to see although it shows just how bad things had got for him and told more about he's situation to me then the whole book that was written on him did.
Buy this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great - thanx a bunch !!
Published 7 days ago by ANDY MYERS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A fan, I liked it.
Published 1 month ago by Nigel Alan Bellworthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says, a personal history and all the more enjoyable.
I have "got into" Pink Floyd at an advanced age and decided to find out a bit more about them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tezza
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining
Not only that, it's always good to read a first hand account from inside a mega group. Well worth he read. Excellent.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. P. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a Christmas present for my son. He LOVED it :-)
Bought as a Christmas present for my son. He LOVED it :-) Nich Mason is his favourite, so this was a hit.
Published 8 months ago by Ebbe Skovgaard
4.0 out of 5 stars Floyd Book
The book arrived well before the date I was given, and it was well packaged. It's a good read as well! A must for a Floyd fan!
Published 8 months ago by K.M.Walate
4.0 out of 5 stars Nick mason
Not bad bit boring but readable have read a lot more on pink Floyd May be the books are not has good as the music nick stick to music not writting ,
Published 10 months ago by Maggie and Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The book arrived in time and was in excellent condition. Contains lots of interesting information on The Floyd. Great book and incredible value for money
Published 10 months ago by gina read
5.0 out of 5 stars Great detail and anecdotes From Nick mason..very enjoyable !!!
I was fascinated by the early Floyd days, my own childhood days, and found this book fascinating, mason has writing skill, wit, and a modest informative style, coupled with wit and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Monaco Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic personal account from Nick Mason
It is good to receive an account of Nick Mason's time with and without Pink Floyd, it makes a pleasant change from perusing Roger Waters Sycophantic recollections.
Published 13 months ago by KP
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