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Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    A first hand account of the rise and fall of Pink Floyd

    Inside Out is a fascinating firsthand account about the musical genius and history of the classic rock band Pink Floyd. It is written by the Nick Mason, the percussionist of the band, so this definitely makes this book a must read. First, Mason goes into how the band started in 1965 in Cambridge, England. The band originally started out playing in the underground music scene in the mid and late 60¿s until the lead singer, Syd Barret had a mental breakdown, and the band was forced to transform and change philosophy and creative thinking. Bass guitarist Roger Waters took over as the creative force and lyric writer for the band. This transformation is what changed Pink Floyd into the classic band we all know and love today. This book also gives interesting insight into the break up of the band. After the ultra-successful ¿The Wall¿ album came out in 1979, the band began having problems with the creativity and the sharing of conceptual ideas for each album and song. This eventually led to the splitting, and court battles for the rights to the name ¿Pink Floyd¿. The main creative force, Roger Waters, wanted the band to officially end after the ¿The Final Cut¿ album of 1983. After much debate and fighting, the remaining band members David Gilmour (Guitar), Nick Mason (Percussion), and Rick Wright (Piano) eventually went on to make two more albums. The main message I thought Nick Mason was trying to get across was that since there was so much controversy and hearsay, he wanted to give a personal view into the rise and fall of Pink Floyd. I loved hearing personal stories and accounts from an actual member and am extremely glad that an actual member has set the record straight. My favorite feature of this work was the insight on the dynamic of bass guitarist and main creative force Roger Waters. The only thing I wish Mason would have done is go into more in depth about the 1972 time period when they were creating ¿Dark Side of the Moon,¿ the best album of all time in my opinion! I highly recommend this book to anyone that appreciates great music, and the story behind it. Overall I give this a book a 5 out of 5 for its insight and interesting stories and commentary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Awesome...detailed

    Awesome book. It could never be told any better. This comes from the heart and soul of Pink Floyd,Nick Mason, drummer, and back bone to one of the most influental bands ever. This book will capture every reader out there. From the die hard fan to the fan up and coming. A must read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2005

    I love Pink Floyd.

    I Love Pink Floyd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    Everything You'll Want To Know About Pink Floyd!

    If you are a die-hard Pink Floyd fan or just getting to know the band, this book as everything from the Syd Barrett age to the relentless power of The Wall, to the mysterous Dark Side of the Moon and everything in between, this fantastic book has everything you need to know about Pink Floyd, inside and out! Should also add that this book was written by Nick Mason, drummer of Pink Floyd? So you know it will be good! I highly recommend this book for anyone! One of the best books I have ever read!

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