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Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd

Comfortably Numb The Inside Story of Pink Floyd In July in Hyde Park before a global audience of millions Pink Floyd performed together on stage for the first time in years From the moment the metronomic pulse of a heartbeat thudded out t

  • Title: Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd
  • Author: Mark Blake
  • ISBN: 9781568583839
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In July 2005 in Hyde Park, before a global audience of millions, Pink Floyd performed together on stage for the first time in 24 years From the moment the metronomic pulse of a heartbeat thudded out to begin Speak to Me to the soaring guitar solo that climaxed Comfortably Numb, these self effacing men in their late fifties stole the show Almost a year later, the deatIn July 2005 in Hyde Park, before a global audience of millions, Pink Floyd performed together on stage for the first time in 24 years From the moment the metronomic pulse of a heartbeat thudded out to begin Speak to Me to the soaring guitar solo that climaxed Comfortably Numb, these self effacing men in their late fifties stole the show Almost a year later, the death of their troubled founder member Syd Barrett made headline news worldwide Both events signaled a kind of closure to the remarkable tale of one of the world s biggest bands Now, in the first full length history of the group for than fifteen years, Mark Blake tells the story of how a group of middle class Englishmen conquered the world Drawing on his own interviews with all of the band members, interviews with the group s friends, road crew, producers, former housemates and university colleagues, as well as musical contemporaries including Pete Townshend and Alice Cooper, Comfortably Numb follows Pink Floyd all the way from the early psychedelic nights at UFO in the mid sixties to the stadium rock and concept album zenith of the seventies, and finally the acrimonious schism that sundered the band in the 80s and 90s.

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    1. I have been a Floyd fan since I started listening to rock-n-roll as a pre-teen when The Wall came out, screaming "We don't need no education" when it came on the radio (or MTV), but hardly new anything about the band. When I was in high school, Roger had split with the other three and, yet, I was blown away when I discovered Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and Animals and still have my vinyl and CD copies of The Wall. It wouldn't be until I made friends at university with more eclecti [...]

    2. With "Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, author Mark Blake gives the reader an intelligent biography of the band. Blake, a former editor with Britain’s Q Magazine and longtime contributor to Mojo.This Biography is being marketed as “published to coincide with [Pink Floyd’s] 40th anniversary" Lots of good stuff here, some nice Syd stuff, though leaning a bit towards the Roger Waters side of the story.

    3. Man, is this one going fast. I've neglected books I was reading just to zip through this one. I'll even be in bed, barely awake, and CANNOT put the fucker down.I think I've read just about every book on PINK FLOYD, learning little bits of information along the way, filling in the gaps, sometimes even getting most of the same stuff with every book I read. First it was Miles' PINK FLOYD datebook from the 80's, then Nicholas Schaefer's A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS, then the recent Nick Mason autobio/unmi [...]

    4. If you're a huge Pink Floyd fan, like me, then this will be one of the most interesting books you'll ever read. Mark Blake's well-researched account of rock music's most innovative and timeless band is riveting, poignant and quite sad at moments, especially when recounting the mental deterioration of Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett.

    5. Alright, why do you read a biography about a band? To learn more about them? To get the historical context? To work out where you want to go upwards and sideways in the back catalogue? To see if the voice matches the actions and the lyrics match the life? To have a little more in the nerd armoury next time you get out to Pop Quiz? Because there's nothing better than the comfort of the satisfying rock bio arc; Young Blossoming/ Mass Market-Art Mastering/Coke Collapse and Crotchety Crack Up? To ma [...]

    6. Wow! After reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that Roger Waters was one of the biggest assholes who has ever lived. He was/is a freakin' monster! A bully. A grouch. Never happy. Always has to be right. Always has to win. Always has to have the last word. Confrontational. Critical as hell. A royal dick. To everyone. Especially to David Gilmour. And Richard Wright. He generally spared Nick Mason.This is one of the most comprehensive rock bios I've ever read, starting out with the group [...]

    7. Fantastic!! I've really only "discovered" Pink Floyd about two weeks ago and what a treat to now go back through their full catalogue and tantalise my ears with "Echoes", "Comfortably Numb" and "Atom Heart Mother" - a song which takes up the entire first side of their same-titled LP!! This book was a remarkable read, detailing the absolute roller coaster ride of what David Gilmour aptly describes the "lumbering great behemoth" of Pink Floyd, shares incredible insights into the individuals evolvi [...]

    8. Pink Floyd’s contributions to music, songwriting, motion picture scoring, motion picture authoring, arena rock productions, musicianship, engineering, production, lyricism and infighting are unsurpassed. Regardless your position or opinion debating the greatest band of all time, the greatest arena show performer ever or the greatest guitarist of all time, the facts remain: 250 million albums sold, Grammies, a BAFTA, Hall of Fame inductions, record-setting tours and a 14-year Billboard listing [...]

    9. Well written, well told. With some facts I knew little or nothing about. This book really pulls back the curtain on one of the most enigmatic groups of 70s to reveal what corporate rock looks like--not as corporate and professional as one might think. This is a story of the pitfalls of fame and fortune as much as it is a story about the iconic group.

    10. Not as nerdy as I would have liked (would have liked to have more on the actual recording process) but an entertaining (and quick) read nonetheless.

    11. The first part of this book is pretty much the story of Syd Barrett's rise and fall, so depending on your tolerance for endless stories about endless varieties of drugs, you'll either find this riveting or you'll be wanting to skip ahead to the part where Floyd records Dark Side of the Moon. It takes about 150 pages (of a 400-page book) before we get to Meddle, which the author rightly considers to be the spiritual precursor to DSOTM. The albums the group made in between -- four in total -- are [...]

    12. Part of me just likes to read about songs or albums that I like--the more mundane the details the better: my favorite book on the Beatles is "The Beatles: Recording Sessions," which is a day-to-day account of what went on while they were recording all of their records (who played what when and so on).But another part of me is fascinated to read about the personalities that go into making the songs or albums I like--it's like a family saga, reading about John Lennon & Paul McCartney trying to [...]

    13. Mark Blake covers a lot of ground in the span of 448 pages. The members of Pink Floyd have always been notoriously private which makes writing anything about the band difficult. Add to this the dual loss of Syd Barrett, mentally so many years ago and physically just a few years ago, and one wonders how Blake was able to pull off this project in the first place. Despite these challenges, Blake has done solid work. His insights into the creative process of the three Pink Floyd's explain why it too [...]

    14. Outstanding! This book had me riveted from start to finish, much to my surprise (I'd anticipated that it'd be okay, at best). The author does a commendable job of balancing the story of the Floyd's fame and the group's personal lives including, most poignantly, Syd Barrett's. I now have even greater appreciation for their music, but I don't think one has to love Pink Floyd to find this an excellent read.

    15. This book did two things to me: 1. made me realize that the members of Pink Floyd aren't really that interesting, amusing or awesome (especially when compared to, say, the Beatles) and 2. make me miss my ex-husband. This book was not fun.

    16. Note* only read 300 pgs. All in all, this book was interesting for those who are fans of the band and know the ins and outs of the band. I personally really love Pink Floyd, however I knew little about it's history, origins and members. For the good, I really enjoy getting a complete picture of the band. It was interesting to see why Pink Floyd is different from other contemporaries and current groups, however I really enjoyed seeing why it was different. For example, Pink Floyd grew out of the [...]

    17. This took me a little while to get through, perhaps because I was not as familiar with all of Pink Floyd's albums (particularly the earlier ones) as I should have been, although I have mostly educated myself during the process of reading the book. One of the things that stands out most is how much the band didn't get on throughout most of their career together (or rather how everyone didn't get on with Roger Waters who didn't get on with 'the muffins' as he took to calling the rest of the band), [...]

    18. A great book if you're a Pink Floyd fan (as I am). A bit dense and tedious throughout and especially towards the end as we hear about every single solo album and tour any one of them ever did. Post-Momentary Lapse of Reason, for instance, could have been trimmed down significantly with a focus just on the Division Bell and Live 8 reunion. However, if you're even a casual fan, the story of Syd Barrett's mental issues, and the inner dynamics of the band during the 1970's (Gilmour vs. Waters) make [...]

    19. I really liked this biography on pink floyd. very well written and with a lot of curiosity and info about the whole history or at least before their latest album. I must say that I preferred this one to Mason's book. Even that one is a great book but it's more an introspection from inside the band whereas in Blake's book you got also the point of view of what was happening around the band.Enjoy this great Pink Floyd adventure!

    20. A very well researched biography of Pink Floyd, highlighting the key Waters and Gilmour dynamic and subsequent split. Actually more detail than I would ever need to know about the band. Very comprehensive and took a while to read.

    21. This is one of the most engaging rock books I've read in a while. No grand theories, but every choice Blake made in putting this together feels perfect, especially his portrayals of Roger Waters and Syd Barrett.

    22. Cakep. Buku ini membuat saya kembali mengulang mendengarkan Pink Floyd. Album per album dari awal sambil membaca kisah saat proses produksi album.

    23. I'd have given this book 4.5 stars if GoodReads provided that option. While not foolproof, Mark Blake's latest is pretty terrific. This is true whether you're a dyed-in-the-wool Floyd fan (early, Dark Side of the Moon Waters period, or 80s Gilmour period?), just slightly curious what all the hubbub was about, or fancy a well-told story that happens to span 40 productive, slightly psychedelic years in the lives of famous British rock stars. Still doubt the relevance of this book? Well, consider t [...]

    24. Good readShows the conflict and artistic clashes in a group that lasted so long and changed the development of popular music in its time

    25. I’ve been a long time fan of Pink Floyd, but admittedly not a hard core fan. This book is well researched and serves as a decent historical account of one of the most popular and innovative bands in rock. But I feel the author had an uphill battle with this one.One of the mysteries about Pink Floyd were the members themselves. Their photos rarely if ever appeared on album covers – and stage effects and props were the actual stars, relegating the members to the roles of background musicians a [...]

    26. An extremely thorough account of the band. My only real criticism is that it might have been too thorough, with the sheer amount of names at the beginning proving overwhelming.

    27. I think that it is safe to say that this is the definitive biography of Pink Floyd. Mark Blake does an excellent job in taking all of the available information from multiple sources, including interviews with the band itself, and presenting it in a gripping manner.Of course the sad life of Syd Barrett is covered and throughout the book we are kept informed of what he was doing during Pink Floyd's rise in the music world. Not surprisingly we get to see just how much of a jerk Roger Waters was, as [...]

    28. Very in depth. Very well researched. Sometimes even a bit too much background info on irrelevant characters who appear only for a second. Although the story is interesting, it is not really an uplifting one. The Syd Barret story is fascinating, because much of his 'mad' behavior seems to have an irreverent, contrarian logic to it. Refusing to move his mouth to lip-synch on the Perry Como show is right up there with John Lydon's performance on American Bandstand. Playing one note all night, or de [...]

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