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Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd Paperback – 7 Mar 2013
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‘A biography rich in anecdotal detail’(Classic Rock)
'Blake’s account, newly updated, may well be definitive.... It’s a fascinating tale of destructive egos.’(Sun)
‘Such is Blake’s achievement in leaving no band affiliate’s tale untold the author virtually redefines the term ‘definitive biography.’(Mojo)
'Dutiful and thorough... paints a picture of a generation, helps us in some way towards understanding the decline and enigma of Syd Barrett, and gives us a picture of a band which, although trapped by their own devices into becoming the most lumbering of rock behemoths, at least were one of the few of their vintage who carried on giving a s***. We also get a portrait of one of rock’s great Difficult Characters (Waters) - as well as one of its most decent and generous (Gilmour). And a kid of happy ending.’
'The definitive account of one of Britain's best-loved bands.'(Choice)
'No fan will feel short-changed by the welter of detail.'(Independent)
‘A superb, incredibly detailed, and essential look at the band’s history - an indispensable addition to your bookshelves.’(Brain Damage - Pink Floyd news)
‘Mark Blake brings Floydology into the 21st Century with this handsomely produced volume...’(The Sunday Telegraph)
‘A detailed, orderly, first-rate read...’(Q)
‘Thorough and well-researched... Lots of new material...’(Observer)
About the Author
MARK BLAKE has been writing about popular music and culture since 1989. A former Assistant Editor of Q magazine and regular contributor to Mojo, he is also the author of Is This The Real Life: The Untold Story Of Queen, Stone Me: The Wit & Wisdom Of Keith Richards and the editor of Dylan: Visions, Portraits & Back Pages. More info at www.markrblake.com
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I anticipated a mammoth read, a long slog through 430-ish pages trying to sift through rigid quotes and dates, more like a historical thesis than an enjoyable read. I was pleasantly surprised.
Blake's thoroughly extensive research makes for an interesting, pleasantly-paced book with no notably boring parts (which is quite a feat for its length). It covers everything and was the first Floyd book I've read, and was satisfying enough to probably qualify as the last.
In parts it's as if Blake was an extra member, there at the scene, a fly-on-the-wall. He wasn't, he's evidently just a brilliant writer. This covers everything, leaves no holes, no cobwebs. All bandmates, all albums, all tours and everything. Just excellence.
Having said that it's a fascinating insight into the formation and evolution and subsequent disintegration of possibly the planets most innovative, influential and powerful musical entities of all time.
I suspect it's great for the obsessive Floyd fan, but still just interesting enough for a casual Floyd fan like myself
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