Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Paperback Book

Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Paperback

Part of the 33 1/3 series

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Through a series of interviews with a wide range of people connected to Pink Floyd in their earliest days (including Nick Mason, Peter Jenner, Jenny Fabian, Storm Thorgerson, Duggie Fields and Peter Whitehead), John Cavanagh paints a vivid picture of how this remarkable debut album was created.

He brings to life the stories behind each track, as well as Pink Floyd's groundbreaking live performances of the time.

EXCERPTThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn is a wondrous creation often seen through the distorted view of later events.

These things have served to overshadow the achievement of The Pink Floyd on their debut album: an outstanding group performance; a milestone in record production; and something made in much happier circumstances than I had expected to find...This is not another book about "mad Syd." This, instead, is a celebration of a moment when everything seemed possible, when creative worlds and forces converged, when an album spoke with an entirely new voice. "Such music I never dreamed of," as Rat said to Mole.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Heavy Metal music
  • ISBN: 9780826414977

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This book concerns the coming together of (in my view) one of the greatest rock albums of all time. In an earlier LT review, spaceowl commented that there was little on the inspiration behind the songs; but then the songwriter was the late Syd Barrett, one of the most reclusive men in the world, and never likely to shed any light on their composition. In any case, other band members and associates give us an idea about what was the motivation behind Chapter 24, Bike and Interstellar Overdrive, to name a few. What we have here is an impression of four lads making up in enthusiasm what they lacked in musical ability, and using just about every sound effect at their disposal in the recording studio; plus a pretty fair idea of what the band's live concerts were like around 1966-7. In that respect, the book stands up okay, and I was left feeling glad that Barrett came our way in the first place rather than regretting what might have been. One minor quibble: the Rolling Stones track Going Home can be found on the Aftermath album and not Between The Buttons.

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Mainly dull muso stuff or reminscences of gigs that would really only be of interest to those who were there. Very little on the inspiration for the songs. A bit of a miss to be honest.