This is the first book in a new series, which takes a look at a band’s activities in their key decade. In the case of Pink Floyd, the seventies is an obvious choice, and this book gives an insight into their career and music in their most creative period, covering albums from Atom Heart Mother up to The Wall – what a long way they progressed in those ten years! The book draws on interviews from the numerous works already out there such as Schaffner’s Saucerful of Secrets, Mark Blake’s Pigs Might Fly and Nick Mason’s Inside Out among others, while adding the author’s own insights and thoughts. (Oddly, the author seems to be under the impression that Nick Sedgwick’s book, written in 1973/74 and shelved after objections from some band members, has never seen the light of day, when it was in fact finally published in 2017, around the time of the Their Mortal Remains exhibition at the V & A). What we do get is in depth coverage to the key albums of the era such as DSOTM, WYWH and Animals (will we ever see that deluxe reissue, I wonder?), alongside the lesser releases, for want of a better term, as well as discussing what was happening within the band during that period. It’s an enjoyable if short read, intended really as an introduction for newcomers to the band I suspect. It didn’t, however, tell me, as long term Floyd fan, anything I didn’t already know.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Floyd, classic British rock, the On Track books.
One thing you’ve learned
A useful book if you want an introduction to the band and their music, but this is a story that’s been told so many times now that I suspect there really isn’t much new left to say.