A few year’s ago we reviewed books on Simple Minds and Free/Bad Company, where the history of a band was examined by collating people’s reminiscences of attending gigs over the years. This new book is of the same ilk, very comprehensive and detailed in its scope and presented on top quality glossy paper with plenty of colour photographs of the contributors. The book begins with the band in its earliest incarnation in 1966 and ends on a show by Saucerful of Secrets in 2019, before backtracking to add a post script with the Syd Barrett tribute show in 2007, and covers not only Floyd performances, which obviously make up the bulk of the book, but also, more briefly, solo tours over the years by Gilmour and Waters. Clearly these memories are recounted with the benefit of many years of hindsight, and recollections are occasionally and understandably a little hazy, as what were then young people or perhaps just teenagers are now usually in their sixties or even older. The most fascinating aspect of this lengthy volume is the stories of epic journeys to get to gigs as well as of the experience of the show itself, although the music performed tends to remain constant from night to night. All types of event are covered, from the early small and sparsely attended shows in England through to the massive globe trotting tours of the world’s stadia in the band’s heyday, and there always seems to be an intriguing tale to be told – and of course the shows that you attended yourself warrant particularly close attention to see if the thoughts of the contributors reflect your own personal views and memories. As the Floyd themselves once said, the memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime, so if you’re an avid fan of the band then this book is well worth seeking out or adding to that ever growing Christmas list.
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Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Remembering the day.
One thing you’ve learned
Sadly there aren’t any memories or eyewitness accounts of the infamous spitting incident in Montreal at the end of the Animals/In The Flesh tour, which was one of the inspirations for The Wall.