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Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd Paperback – 6 Oct 2005
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'quietly wise and witty memoir... brave honesty and some surprisingly engaging technical stuff' -- EVENING STANDARD
The definitive history of Pink Floyd, one of the world's great bands, by founder member Nick MasonSee all Product description
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However do not buy the kindle version expecting it to be the updated 2017 edition as described. It isn’t and I’m rather annoyed about it.
I have a physical copy of the book which came out in 2009 but I wanted to know what Nick had to say about The Endless River and the superb Their Mortal Remains exhibition. So I thought I’d grab to kindle version and have a catch up on recent Floyd history. So I’m extremely annoyed that my £8.99 kindle version is no different from the physical 2009 edition I already have.
Amazon, sort out the description on the kindle version page please.
Tl:dr - the kindle version is of an old edition of the book and not the 2017 edition as described in the product description. Be warned.
Unlike Mick Fleetwood's book this does avoid the personal accounts of various divorces, and I'm happy about that. (Apparently the text went through a screening process with band members first). But it fails to give us much insight about the creative processes behind the music. About 40% into my Kindle I realized I was reading ever more details about studio, stage a set specifications, constructions, and road crews, etc.
Three stars: "It's alright", but Mark Blake's "Pigs Might Fly" remains first choice so far for a book about Pink Floyd.
There are only two (minor or major I let you decide) drawbacks about this book: first, Mason has always been quite in the background as far as the artistic/creative process in Pink Floyd is concerned. He's never really been one of the songwriters, so he's not quite in the position of giving you the 'vision' behind the songs or the albums, the way Gilmour or Waters might (but won't); and secondly, he is obviously very wary about stepping on his bandmates' toes.
So you probably won't learn anything really new about the songs; but you probably won't learn anything new about the band, either. Mr. Mason is very, very reserved if not reticent when talking about his bandmates. Just as an example, the only thing we learn about Rick Wright, in the first 200 or so pages, is that he played organ...
So what do you get instead? You get plenty of meticulous descriptions of venues and gigs, with anecdotes mainly regarding roadies, or managers, or other associates. Nothing too personal, of course. But always sublimely written, nonetheless.
All considered, if you want a not-really-informative but witty, and reasonably entertaining account, this sort of "Pink Floyd as told by P. G. Wodehouse" might be your book. But if you're looking for some exhaustive, thoroughly researched biography of Pink Floyd, I rather suggest "Pigs Might Fly - The Inside Story of Pink Floyd" by Mark Blake.
Like a lot of people I would have liked Animals to be the end — with great respect to Roger Waters — of Pink Floyd as a functioning band, but the book gives a humane sense of what followed and why it wasn’t so bad. I recommend the discussion of the creation of Meddle to anyone who has tried to make sense of what they were doing.
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