Speak to Me: The Legacy of Pink Floyd's the Dark Side of the Moon

Speak to Me: The Legacy of Pink Floyd's the Dark Side of the Moon

by Russell Reising
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754640183

ISBN-13: 9780754640189

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

The endurance of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon on the Billboard Top 100 Chart is legendary, and its continuing sales and ongoing radio airplay ensure its inclusion on almost every conceivable list of rock's greatest albums. This collection of essays provides indispensable studies of the monumental 1973 album from a variety of musical, cultural, literary

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The endurance of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon on the Billboard Top 100 Chart is legendary, and its continuing sales and ongoing radio airplay ensure its inclusion on almost every conceivable list of rock's greatest albums. This collection of essays provides indispensable studies of the monumental 1973 album from a variety of musical, cultural, literary and social perspectives. The development and change of the songs is considered closely, from the earliest recordings through to the live, filmed performance at London's Earls Court in 1994. The band became almost synonymous with audio-visual innovations, and the performances of the album at live shows were spectacular moments of mass-culture although Roger Waters himself spoke out against such mass spectacles. The band's stage performances of the album serve to illustrate the multifaceted and complicated relationship between modern culture and technology. The album is therefore placed within the context of developments in late 1960s/early 1970s popular music, with particular focus on the use of a variety of segues between tracks which give the album a multidimensional unity that is lacking in Pink Floyd's later concept albums. Beginning with 'Breathe' and culminating in 'Eclipse', a tonal and motivic coherence unifies the structure of this modern song cycle. The album is also considered in the light of modern day 'tribute' bands, with a discussion of the social groups who have the strongest response to the music being elaborated alongside the status of mediated representations and their relation to the 'real' Pink Floyd.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754640189
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword : the Floydian slip
Introduction : life on the dark side of the moon1
1On the waxing and waning : a brief history of The dark side of the moon15
2'Matter of fact it's all dark' : audiovisual stadium rock aesthetics in Pink Floyd's The dark side of the moon tour, 197327
3Dark side of the men : Pink Floyd, classic rock and white masculinities43
4'We're not in Kansas any more' : music, myth and narrative structure in The Dark Side of the Moon56
5'Worked out within the grooves' : the sound and structure of The dark side of moon69
6'On the path' : tracing tonal coherence in The dark side of the moon87
7The keys to quiet desperation : modulating between misery and madness104
8Reversing us and them : anti-psychiatry and The dark side of the moon123
9Prismatic passion : the enigma of 'the great gig in the sky'143
10The whole of the moon : 'brain damage', 'eclipse', and the mythic narrative of the Pink Floyd158
11Pink Floyd's levinasian ethics : reading The dark side of the moon's philosophical architecture177
12The moons are eclipsed by the moon : covering the dark side189
13Eclipsing : the influence of The dark side of the moon on the next generation's music through radiohead's OK Computer208
14'And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes' : an interview with Mike Gordon of Phish218
15The Jamaican side of the moon : an interview with Michael Goldwasser of easy star records224
'Through I'd something more to say' : an annotated bibliography of selected reviews and commentary on The dark side of the moon227

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