This book tells the story of Pink Floyd, not through the normal route of long narrative passages, but through a curated collection of items – instruments, posters, ticket stubs, inflatables, press cuttings, inflatables, records and lots more. It’s been put together by Glenn Povey, who’s previously written a number of very good books on the band.
The book runs in chronological order, from a 1964 ticket to a Those Without show (the band included Syd Barrett, who appears to have signed the ticket), right through to a Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets poster and set list. Each era, and each entry, is accompanied by a detailed text explaining the significance, and despite the visual nature of the book, it runs to some 50,000 words.
There are some interesting items chosen, such as the Syd’s mirror disc Telecaster, Gilmour’s famous black Strat, the bootleg Winter Tour ’74 album, a poster for the infamous Montreal concert in 1977, the film script for The Wall and the metal Division Bell heads, to pick out just a few at random.
The whole thing has been very well researched, as you’d expect from the author’s previous work, and is presented on top quality paper with some super photographs. The explanatory text is maybe a bit brief at times for the devoted Floyd fan, but is more than sufficient in detail for the casual reader.
I spent a very enjoyable few hours reading it from cover to cover, but it’s equally a book you can dip in and out of as the mood takes you.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Previous Floyd Books.
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