Inside Out : A Personal History of Pink Floyd, Paperback

Inside Out : A Personal History of Pink Floyd Paperback

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The definitive history of Pink Floyd, one of the world's great bands, by founder member Nick Mason. One of the most fascinating rock bands ever, Pink Floyd was formed in 1965.

After a year in the London 'underground' experimenting with revolutionary techniques such as lights that matched their music, they released their first single in 1966.

Their breakthrough album, The Dark Side of the Moon, was released in 1973 and stayed in the charts until 1982, the longest a record has ever been continuously in the charts, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time. In 1975 they released Wish You Were Here, which reached iconic status, then in 1979 The Wall went to number 1 in almost every country in the world.

The movie version of The Wall starring Bob Geldof was released in 1982, becoming a cult favorite.

In the 1980s a rift developed between the band members which culminated in law suits.

Only recently have there been reconciliations which have allowed founder member Nick Mason to write his personal take on the band's history.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, 64
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9780753819067



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Funny and wise account of the rise and fall of one of rock's greatest bands, as seen by the drummer.

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A somewhat too reserved and polite retelling by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. While it is factually accurate and important as the only Pink Floyd band member memoir, it doesn't capture the spirit and energy of the times or the music. The book did confirm what I always suspected, Roger Waters is the musical genius behind it all. Of course every member was important and contributed to the end result, but Waters' music and lyric writing was at the foundation. There was a huge leap forward in the sound and quality starting with Atom Heart Mother, which can be attributed to bringing in top of the line talent in the studio. At some point Pink Floyd became a hot commodity and they were given the best people and tools. But this was the criticism embodied in Punk Rock which felt shut out by the machine and bragged it could cut a record for a few thousand dollars versus the millions for a Floyd-like studio moon shot. By the late 70s Pink Floyd became one of the dinosaurs of rock.

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Readable, likeable account of the rise and rise of Pink Floyd, but which seems a little thin after Keith Richards's excellent Life. Nick Mason is a master raconteur, but I came away wishing I knew more about the boys in the band themselves. Very enjoyable, though and Mason's acknowledgement of the contribution of the roadies, sound engineers, etc is gracious.

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