Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd

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Here, for the first time, is the story of Pink Floydfrom the inside out. With 116 million albums sold worldwide and 25 years on the pop charts to their credit, Pink Floyd is one of the most successful rock groups in history, yet their storyuntil nowis one of the least known. The only continuous member of the band through its entire 40-year history, Nick Mason has witnessed every twist, turn, and sommersault from behind his drum kit. The journey begins with the band's origins as the darlings of London's late 1960s...
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Overview

Here, for the first time, is the story of Pink Floydfrom the inside out. With 116 million albums sold worldwide and 25 years on the pop charts to their credit, Pink Floyd is one of the most successful rock groups in history, yet their storyuntil nowis one of the least known. The only continuous member of the band through its entire 40-year history, Nick Mason has witnessed every twist, turn, and sommersault from behind his drum kit. The journey begins with the band's origins as the darlings of London's late 1960s underground and the creation of the classic Pink Floyd sound, all the way through to The Wall and those legendary stadium shows. Here are the players who shaped the band's history and the story behind the storythe inside perspective on, for example, the deterioration and departure of Syd Barrett; the overwhelming success of The Dark Side of the Moon and the resulting pressures and conflicts within the band, including the rift with Roger Waters; and Nick and David Gilmour's decision to put their reputations on the line and continue as Pink Floyd. Packed with rare photographs and vintage Floyd graphics from Nick Mason's extensive private archive, Inside Out is an eye-opener for both veteran fans and those just discovering the group. And, in keeping with the classic Floyd style, the book's cover was designed by Storm Thorgerson, creator of such iconic images as the Dark Side pyramid. Always candid, by turns poignant and funny, Nick's own memories are augmented with extensive research and interviews, making Inside Out a comprehensive history of one of the most brilliant and imaginative bands the world has knownand a masterly memoir of rock and roll.
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Mason is the coauthor of Into the Red, a celebration of race cars, and has contributed to magazines like Classic Cars and Autosport. He is probably best known, however, as the drummer of the famed rock band Pink Floyd, the only original member with the group throughout its 40-year existence. Here, he offers a masterly chronicle of Pink Floyd's formation, recording and concert career, and eventual breakup, revealing rare insights into the band's interpersonal conflicts (including the departure of Syd Barrett), songwriting and recording techniques, and massive tours. Adorning the text are rare and often previously unpublished photographs and illustrations from Mason's private archive. This marks the first time a founding member of the band has shared his story; it supplants Nicholas Schaffner's classic Saucerful of Secrets (1991). Essential for Pink Floyd's still rabid fanbase and an ideal addition to all public libraries.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811848244
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 148,224
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Mason first played with Roger Waters and Syd Barrett at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London in 1964, although they wouldn't become Pink Floyd until the following year. He lives in the UK.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Poly Days 6
Chapter 2 Going Underground 34
Chapter 3 Freak Out Schmeak Out 60
Chapter 4 The Sum Of The Parts 100
Chapter 5 Change Of Tempo 132
Chapter 6 There Is No Dark Side 158
Chapter 7 Hard Labour 192
Chapter 8 The Balloon Goes Up 218
Chapter 9 Writing On The Wall 238
Chapter 10 Communications Failure 262
Chapter 11 Restart... And Restoration 276
Chapter 12 Wiser After The Event 310
Postscript and thanks 340
Chronology 346
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2011

    Great Book!

    This book was very entertaining and funny. It tells you of the personalities and music of the band throughout its history. Whether you've been a Pink Floyd fan for a long time or just discovering the band I think you'll love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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