Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd

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Da Capo Press, 2008 - Music - 418 pages
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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 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 more 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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Review: Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd

User Review  - Alan Taylor - Goodreads

Very good overview of all things Pink Floyd. Blake is particularly good on the early days and Syd Barrett's decline and he doesn't forget Syd as he tells the band's story, Floyd and Syd's stories ... Read full review

Review: Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd

User Review  - Sandy - Goodreads

I thought it was a pretty even discussion of the trajectory of one of the great bands over the past 40 odd years. Poor Syd, happy Mick, angry Roger, timid Richard, and conflicted David sure make for ... Read full review

Contents

ONE PIGS HAVE FLOWN
1
THREE A STRANGE HOBBY
52
FOUR WAKING THE GRAPEVINE
103
FIVE THE SPACES BETWEEN FRIENDS
139
SIX NEW CAR CAVIAR
174
SEVEN RIDING THE GRAVY TRAIN
210
EIGHT WHY ARE YOU RUNNING AWAY?
255
NINE INCURABLE TYRANTS AND KINGS
293
TEN THE GRASS WAS GREENER
340
ELEVEN HEROES FOR GHOSTS
385
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
402
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About the author (2008)

Mark Blake is a former Assistant Editor of Q magazine, and long-time contributor to its sister title Mojo. He is also the editor of two definitive music books, Dylan: Visions Portraits & Back Pages, and Punk: The Whole Story.

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