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Saucerful of Secrets is the first in-depth biography of this very private group. At the heart of the saga is Syd Barrett, the group's brilliant founder, whose public decline into shattered incoherence--attributable in part to his marathon use of LSD--is one of the tragedies of rock history. The making of Dark Side of the Moon and Floyd's other great albums is recounted in detail, as are the mounting of "The Wall"  and the creation of the flying pigs, crashing  planes, "Mr. Screen" and the ...
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Overview

Saucerful of Secrets is the first in-depth biography of this very private group. At the heart of the saga is Syd Barrett, the group's brilliant founder, whose public decline into shattered incoherence--attributable in part to his marathon use of LSD--is one of the tragedies of rock history. The making of Dark Side of the Moon and Floyd's other great albums is recounted in detail, as are the mounting of "The Wall"  and the creation of the flying pigs, crashing  planes, "Mr. Screen" and the other elements of their spectacular stage shows. The book also explores the many battles between bass player/song writer Roger Waters and the rest of the group, leading up to Water's acrimonious departure for a solo  career in 1984 and his unsuccessful attempt to disolve the group he had left behind.

Saucerful of Secrets is an electrifying account of this ground-breaking, mind-bending group, covering every period of their career from  earliest days to latest recordings. It is full of  revealing information that will be treasured by all who love Pink Floyd's music.

Called by The Chicago Tribune "the best book around on this enduringly popular band, " Saucerful of Secrets is the first in-depth biography of this very private group. It goes beyond the smoke and lasers of Pink Floyd's incredible stage shows and into the secretive and often tumultuous lives of each band member. 16 pages of photographs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780385306843
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    very informative but biased towards the genius who made PF succe

    very informative but biased towards the genius who made PF succesful band with his # 1 records.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2010

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    Everything Under The Sun

    A Saucerful of Secrets, by Nicholas Schaffner, is one of the most detailed accounts of Pink Floyd ever put to paper. The first part of the book chronicles, in astounding detail, the band's getting started, and especially prevalent, Syd Barrett. The Floyd's original lead guitarist, main lyricist (by a vast margin), and, significant while Pink Floyd was trying to make it big, only true "pop icon", was a star that burned quite brightly, but just for a short time, as he eventually experienced a mental breakdown, partly due to almost daily LSD usage. When Syd eventually had to leave the band, for his own sake as much as theirs', Pink Floyd struggled to find the creatively gripping "fantasy land" lyrics Syd was so brilliant at conjuring up. Hence, they experimented with long instrumental pieces that followed a basic theme (ie tracks such as- A Saucerful of Secrets, Atom Heart Mother, and Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast). The band's LP's progressively, album by album, became more and more exact and closer to perfection, culminating with their decisive album, Dark Side of the Moon. After putting out a few more blockbuster albums, (Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals) conflicts between bassist Roger Waters and the others' escalated to a point of no return. He departed, leaving Pink Floyd left as David Gilmour, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason. These three were to release two more albums under the Floyd name, but neither really felt like true "Pink Floyd", more of just Dave Gilmour solo projects with the help of Wright and Mason on keyboards and drums, respectively. All in all, this is a great and easy read, recommended for anyone that likes Pink Floyd. The main themes in this book are, obviously, musically oriented. It gives great insight into a band that sort of strayed from the main focus of society, even throughout their global success with both record and concert sales. My main "like" about the book was the plethora of interesting material on Syd Barrett. Along with the information provided just via writing the book, there were quotes about Syd made by people he associated with on a consistent basis. It really gives you a great feel for how cool of a person he really was, and how his personality was typically. I have absolutely zero things I didn't like about this book. It completely filled the appetite of all parts of my brain. Anyone into Pink Floyd, reading, expanding your intellectual horizons, non-fiction literature, and/ or music with meaningful lyrics should read this book. It's one of those books that's definitely not hard to enjoy. I'd rate it 5 stars, and recommend Syd Barrett: Shine On You Crazy Diamond, and Inside Out: The Pink Floyd Story as readings quite complimentary to this, and enjoyable as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2002

    a must for PF fans!

    Excellent book, with deep information about this great band, although too biased against Roger Waters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2001

    Excellent account of this very secretive group

    Extremely well written and a very easy read. I had just finished a Barrett bio so the part about Syd in the first section felt like I was re-reading what I had already read. Afterwards, though, the book flew. I know most of the Floyds history anyway, so this was like icing on the cake. Too bad Division Bell wasn't included. Otherwise, it was an excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    An excellent, if not biased, history of the legendary band

    Nicholas Schaffner writes a very readable and enjoyable book about one of rock history's greatest bands. However, he is not as kind to one of rock history's greatest minds, Roger Waters. Ironically, he speaks glowingly on the Syd Barrett era, and the post-Waters era, but seems to consider the middle(the most successful era) to be a time of bloated egocentrism by the domineering and controlling, Mr. Waters. In my opinion their best years. Toward the end of the book, the Roger Waters bash grew tiresome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2000

    Must-have for Floyd nerds, minor penalty

    Pretty much the bible for all things Pink Floyd. Subtract one star for the author's frustrating bias against Roger Waters after the bandmembers fell out with one another. But there is tons of information here, and it is not uncommon to see people on Floyd usenet groups and mailing lists quote word for word from this book (often without even realizing it). My own copy has been picked up and rummaged through again and again, from which it has certainly been read many times over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2000

    Amust for a fan!

    This is the best Pink Floyd book published! I have read them all and this is the most accurate of them all.

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