Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd

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Da Capo Press, Nov 4, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 418 pages
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Mark Blake draws on his own interviews with band members as well as the group’s friends, road crew, musical contemporaries, former housemates, and university colleagues to produce a riveting history of one of the biggest rock bands of all time. We follow Pink Floyd from the early psychedelic nights at UFO, to the stadium-rock and concept-album zenith of the seventies, to the acrimonious schisms of the late ’80s and ’90s. Along the way there are fascinating new revelations about Syd Barrett’s chaotic life at the time of Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the band’s painstaking and Byzantine recording sessions at Abbey Road, and the fractious negotiations to bring about their fragile, tantalizing reunion in Hyde Park.

Meticulous, exacting, and ambitious as any Pink Floyd album, Comfortably Numb is the definitive account of this most adventurous—and most English—rock band.

  

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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

PIGS HAVE FLOWN
1
THE ENDLESS SUMMER
10
A STRANGE HOBBY
52
WAKING THE GRAPEVINE
103
THE SPACES BETWEEN FRIENDS
139
NEW CAR CAVIAR
174
RIDING THE GRAVYTRAIN
210
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING AWAY?
255
INCURABLE TYRANTS AND KINGS
293
THE GRASS WAS GREENER
340
HEROES FOR GHOSTS
385
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
402
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
404
INDEX
408
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About the author (2008)

Mark Blake is the editor of Dylan: Visions, Portraits & Back Pages, and Punk: The Whole Story. He lives in London.

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