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5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd book with a difference
From the faux "backstage pass" front cover, the memorabilia-strewn back cover, and the staging schematics just inside the cover, it is immediately apparent that Bobby Hassall's "Backstage" is a Pink Floyd book with a difference.
A revised and rejuvinated edition of the book Hassall originally published in limited numbers back in 1991 (and distributed via Brain Damage...
Published on 10 Jan. 2013 by Darth Vader

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A bit of hero worship going on, a bit sparse but a good inside look at life on the road with the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd book with a difference, 10 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Pink Floyd Backstage (Paperback)
From the faux "backstage pass" front cover, the memorabilia-strewn back cover, and the staging schematics just inside the cover, it is immediately apparent that Bobby Hassall's "Backstage" is a Pink Floyd book with a difference.
A revised and rejuvinated edition of the book Hassall originally published in limited numbers back in 1991 (and distributed via Brain Damage Magazine), it is a fascinating look at life on the road as he follows Pink Floyd's 1989 Another Lapse tour, Knebworth 1990, and, now in this new edition, the 1994 Division Bell tour in Europe. Initial attempts to jump fences and dodge security to see the shows ended with Hassall being "adopted" by the stage crew and even ending up working with them!
From the outset, Hassall's book draws you in and absorbs. Clearly written by a fan, for fans, the style is conversational and first person in perspective. As each situation presents itself, and the author manages to make each "blag" further into the live show, you feel his sense of astonishment and thrill at his achievements. Just how easy certain things were comes as quite a surprise.
Throughout, Hassell seems pretty grounded, metaphorically pinching himself at each turn, and never really adopts a superior or casual note, knowing that each experience was a privilege.
Part diary, part scrapbook, and part narrative, Hassall brings the reader into each situation and the various elements (including his numerous backstage/operational pictures) all come together well. In addition, Hassall includes some interesting technical drawings and details gleaned from key members of the road crew - such as the lighting rig details, and the make-up of the whole Venice staging operation - that flesh out the book nicely.
Whilst there are longer Floyd books out there, this is a nicely presented, large format book which makes no bones about focusing on a small number of shows. The original version of the book found favour with David, Richard and Nick, as Hassall found when he approached the Floyd's then-manager, the late Steve O'Rourke. Find out why they enjoyed it so much, and were touched that Hassall went to all the effort of publishing the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!, 1 Mar. 2014
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This is a fascinating look behind the scenes at what was the Pink Floyd touring juggernaut in 1988 from the perspective of a fan who was essentially taken under the wing of the road and backstage crew having originally crashed the party early on in Europe.

What is particularly endearing is the sense of awe that comes across and the fact that the author regularly can't believe his luck in being in a position any floydian would have parted with the family jewels for. His nerve in jumping the fence the first place is something I wouldn't contemplate, but the reward was so great, he went back and did it again, and again!

Considering the author is a fan not a writer - this is a brilliant read you won't want to put down, and there are several photographs in there too which I hadn't seen before. (Understandable as they are from the authors collection). The book is highly recommended to anyone with any interest in the Floyd, backstage activity or the sheer scale of a global touring production.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sneaking into pink Floyd's backstage world., 14 Feb. 2014
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Really enjoyed the book, the author certainly had guts to jump fences as well as the balls to glide past security.
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4.0 out of 5 stars simple and cute, 2 Feb. 2014
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As rock n roll books go, it might not change the world but it is an honest and often exciting account of how a regular guy (like all of us) gets to do irregular things by sticking his neck out here and there. Enjoyable read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read, 20 July 2013
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Great for Floyd fans to get a sense of what goes on around the massive gigs and of touring. Very enjoyable
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4.0 out of 5 stars read with envy,, 21 April 2013
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A must read for floydies,just being in tbe right place at the right time true story fills you with envy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floyd Backstage, 4 Feb. 2013
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Really enjoyed this book abougt Pink Floyd funny detailed and very interesting i am a greatfan of Floyds Music and i
would recomend this to other fans
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 21 Oct. 2012
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This is like a travelogue through a time and space that no longer exist but it's still fun to visit. Mr. Hassal's writing is fun and clear and that makes it like a modern day adventure story. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 12 Nov. 2014
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A book written by a fan who experienced something all fans would love to - I am envious and at the same time in awe of his audacity
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit sparse but a good inside look at life on the road with the ..., 17 Nov. 2014
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A bit of hero worship going on, a bit sparse but a good inside look at life on the road with the band.
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