Comfortably Numb

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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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User Review  - scottcholstad - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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You would have to be a big Pink Floyd fan to like this story because beyond the ego conflicts between Roger Waters and the rest of the band members, there was very little controversy or outrageous ... 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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