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A great little book this, and very readable if you are interested in Syd Barrett and the early Pink Floyd. Author John Cavanagh was well known for his loving promotion of all sorts of good music on Radio Scotland. He brings the same passion and care to this little tome about 'Piper', and the people and influences surrounding the Floyd's debut album in 1967. Although Syd Barrett looms large, you also discover the significant roles of Waters, Wright and Mason. This is not the tragic 'Syd' story, but the optimistic prequel at a time when everything still seemed possible.
Cavanagh casts multicoloured light on the 'underground' experimentation of a band that was often charmingly naive. Speaking to many who were around at the time, he builds a picture of the first great Pink Floyd lineup. The story is told in a straightforward way, with many many quotes. (Thankfully, without recourse to the pretentious literary allusions which have spoiled other books in this series. viz 'Forever Changes'.)
A good place to start finding out about the Floyd, and a great companion to the re-issuued, re-mastered 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn' CD.
Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Thirty Three and a Third series) (33 1/3) (33 1/3) (33 1/3) (33 1/3)(6 customer reviews)