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The Flaming Cow: The Making of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother Hardcover – 17 Jul 2013
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A "joy to read." --PinkFloydz.com
"Fans will appreciate the photos and memories of the session at Abbey Road, and devotees of '60s London will enjoy Geesin's take on a fascinating, fast-paced and soon-ended blip in time." --ExpressMilwaukee.com
About the Author
Ron Geesin is a musician and composer, having composed numerous film and television soundtracks, including 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' and 'The Body' (with Roger Waters). He co-wrote 'Atom Heart Mother' with Pink Floyd. Nick Mason is a drummer, songwriter, and the only Pink Floyd member to be featured on every one of their albums.
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This book is worth getting for Nick Mason's witty ½ page foreword, especially his very final sentence which explains (tongue in cheek) why Ron Geesin was not credited on Pink Floyd's very first number one record. No, not `Piper at the Gates of Dawn' - Not Dark Side Of The Moon... This book is all about the making of side one of `Atom Heart Mother' a mostly forgotten, but strangely compelling instrumental involving motorcycles, horses, a choir and big brass band...
The book is in coffee table format (hardback, wider than taller) and contains never before seen black and white photographs of Pink Floyd at the Abbey Road recording sessions. And great photos they are too. Silhouettes of David Gilmour, an anxious, focussed smoking Roger Waters, Dave and Rick Wright at the mixing desk, Nick Mason in profile and the John Alldis choir (fully name checked!).
You have, of course, heard that the album was named capriciously after a headline in a newspaper saying "Atom Heart Mother named!" - well here that Evening Standard article is reproduced in full, and the full explanation of why and how it happened is given.
This book is not only very attractive, but it is the only full account (that I know of) by an `outsider' to the Floyd to describe the creative process behind one of their albums in a fair amount of detail and from a jazz/classical composer's point of view.
The book finishes with a description and photos from the 2008 live revival of the piece which included David Gilmour at Cadogan Hal, and the 2012 performance as part of a series of minimalist pieces (including Varese's `Deserts') at `La Theatre du Chatelet' in Paris.
Discounted at just over £10 this is a great buy - you won't be disappointed.
The book also highlights the unspoken tragedy of Pink Floyd. What a shame they have never returned to the innovation and experimentation of 1969-71.
Ron tells the tale with tongue in cheek and puns intended.
He should be rightly mad at the four for never mentioning him on the sleeve.
They were in a spot, the record company wanted the new album to be released before christmas sales.
Ron turned their hopeless mess of a compostition into the masterpiece Atom Heart Mother that fills Side A.
Hipgnosis made one of their most remarkable covers and Nick Mason wrote the foreword.
The rest of them kept their silence.
Thanks Ron for sharing.
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