Pink Floyd Backstage Paperback – 1 Aug 2011
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Backstage documents a journey behind the scenes on Pink Floyd's remarkable "Another Lapse" 1989 and the "Division Bell" 1994 tours of Europe. Taken from super-fan Bobby Hassall's unique perspective - first as a fan jumping a fence to get in to his first show to becoming the adopted fan by the band's crew - and then as a fully paid up crew member himself. Bobby's hugely entertaining story is coupled with extensive behind the scenes coverage and previously unpublished photographs of the huge stages being constructed in arenas and stadiums as well as the memorable Venice concert. First published in 1991 and distributed through Brain Damage magazine this edition of Backstage is a completely redesigned, updated and expanded version. A must-read for all Pink Floyd fans, Backstage is an insightful look at life behind the scenes of a huge touring operation and is packed with many unique photos and reproductions of tour documents.
Top Customer Reviews
A revised and rejuvinated edition of the book Hassall originally published in limited numbers back in 1991 (and distributed via Brain Damage Magazine), it is a fascinating look at life on the road as he follows Pink Floyd's 1989 Another Lapse tour, Knebworth 1990, and, now in this new edition, the 1994 Division Bell tour in Europe. Initial attempts to jump fences and dodge security to see the shows ended with Hassall being "adopted" by the stage crew and even ending up working with them!
From the outset, Hassall's book draws you in and absorbs. Clearly written by a fan, for fans, the style is conversational and first person in perspective. As each situation presents itself, and the author manages to make each "blag" further into the live show, you feel his sense of astonishment and thrill at his achievements. Just how easy certain things were comes as quite a surprise.
Throughout, Hassell seems pretty grounded, metaphorically pinching himself at each turn, and never really adopts a superior or casual note, knowing that each experience was a privilege.
Part diary, part scrapbook, and part narrative, Hassall brings the reader into each situation and the various elements (including his numerous backstage/operational pictures) all come together well. In addition, Hassall includes some interesting technical drawings and details gleaned from key members of the road crew - such as the lighting rig details, and the make-up of the whole Venice staging operation - that flesh out the book nicely.Read more ›
What is particularly endearing is the sense of awe that comes across and the fact that the author regularly can't believe his luck in being in a position any floydian would have parted with the family jewels for. His nerve in jumping the fence the first place is something I wouldn't contemplate, but the reward was so great, he went back and did it again, and again!
Considering the author is a fan not a writer - this is a brilliant read you won't want to put down, and there are several photographs in there too which I hadn't seen before. (Understandable as they are from the authors collection). The book is highly recommended to anyone with any interest in the Floyd, backstage activity or the sheer scale of a global touring production.
would recomend this to other fans
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit of hero worship going on, a bit sparse but a good inside look at life on the road with the band.Published 21 months ago by Glennn
Great for Floyd fans to get a sense of what goes on around the massive gigs and of touring. Very enjoyablePublished on 20 July 2013 by bumbleblue