Author:Victoria Broackes & Anna Landreth Strong
This hefty volume is a companion piece to the exhibition currently taking place at the V&A, and is the official catalogue of the event.
It’s far more than just a book of photographs though. The book contains a number of lengthy in depth essays on various aspects of Pink Floyd’s work by such luminaries as, among others, Jon Savage, Howard Goodall and Mark Blake. Topics include the band’s formative years in the London underground, their subsequent musical development, their musical legacy and of course their epic ground breaking stage shows. The longest section though is devoted to an in depth look at each of the band’s studio albums. As you would expect, all these pieces are beautifully illustrated with top quality photographs of items appearing in the exhibition itself, ranging from instruments to hand written lyrics to detailed stage plans. If you’ve attended the exhibition already, then you’ll have a good idea what to expect, although there are some items in the exhibition that don’t seem to appear here, and there are also, unless my memory is playing tricks, a number of items shown here that weren’t actually on display at the V&A.
The book has been beautifully put together with great attention to detail – informative new essays on the band and their place in British culture, accompanied by superb high quality photographs with in depth informative annotations. This is all lovingly presented on top quality paper, and, the icing on the cake, it’s housed in a very cool lenticular cover featuring the DSOTM prism !
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
If you attended the exhibition, this is a great souvenir of the occasion – it certainly brought back lots of memories for me.
One thing you’ve learned
We’ll not see their like again!