The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of the "Pink Floyd" Masterpiece Hardcover – 17 Oct 2005
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‘A fascinating read.’ Observer
'John Harris's account of the making of the Floyd's 35 million-selling concept album, "The Dark Side of the Moon", has come along at just the right time … Harris's book is good enough to make me want to sit down and, for the first time, give "The Dark Side of the Moon" a proper, prejudice-free listen.' New Statesman
‘[A] clear-sighted examination of Floyd’s famous epic … Harris’ admirably concise study sidesteps the usual mythologising to provide a detailed and coherent retelling of how “The Dark Side” … came into being. ****’ Q Magazine
About the Author
John Harris, author of ‘Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock’, has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, The Independent, NME, Select, and New Statesman. He lives in Hay on Wye, England.
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Harris seems to have done a pretty thorough job in researching the story (such as it is) behind DSOTM, and generously cites his sources. Chief among these is the relevant episode of the Classic Albums series, but he also finds useful things in "Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii", along with some careful listens to bootlegs of the band's live performances at the time. He also appears to be refreshingly free from any hero-worship, as he takes a commendably dim view of some of Roger Waters' dafter comments, especially during the lengthy and bitter break-up of the band. This means, however, that his praise and enthusiasm is more meaningful, especially when he lavishes it on this inventive, original and thoroughly memorable record.
For a book proclaiming to be about the making of the album it gives hardly any real insight into it at all! Indeed the first 70 odd pages concern themselves with the rise and fall of Syd Barrett. All albums prior to Dark Side are also given explanatory revues and interpretations.
As I said little is mentioned about the actual making of the album, a few harmonies added here and some tape loops there is about as technical as it gets. Throw in some well worn quotes from Waters and Gilmore together with a few humorous asides from Mason,all of which appear to have been extracted from other published works and there's your book!
As you can tell? As well, is that I love Pink Floyd, their music and their dvd's the whole package!! I have read a lot of books on them and magazines, but I don't have the T shirt. I have been lucky enough to see them twice. Don't love everything they have done in music, like Ummagumma, Obsured by clouds. So I feel I can give you a Floyd based view but not a totally blinded view, it is well worth buying. I also found out one or two new things about the group.
Overall, it is a well written and well researched. It is worth getting it in hardback as the cover is worthy of Pink Floyd. If it was written by a member of Pink Floyd it would be 5 stars. This is the only niggle I have,
but he still makes you feel, you were there at the time of the recording.
Unfortunately I was disappointed and found this book quite a let down. It appeared as if Harris had read "Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey", listened to a couple of bootlegs and based everything on this. There's very little insightful or that you won't already have read in other Floyd books.
This isn't having a go at the author at all. As I mentioned above his book "The Last Party" is outstanding but it seems Harris should stick to writing about an era he is clearly more knowledgable of.
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