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Inside Out : A Personal History of Pink Floyd (2004)

by Nick Mason

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A detailed and deep recollection of a man's long involvement with a world-famous band, this is a book for serious Floyd fans and people interested in the technical workings of light shows and psychedelic music in the late '60s. Nick Mason is very up-front about what he thinks of his musical skill, then and now, and recounts a lot of minute details about how music was played, edited, cut, and put on tour for most of the last 50 years, although the majority of the detail covers the early stages of Pink Floyd. There is a sort of slimming effect after the book passes the mid-'70s - the intervening decades more or less drop off. Roger Waters is not a villain to Nick Mason - a hardheaded individual, no doubt, but not overtly malicious. I did not realize at first that this book was a reissue of a previously published one. The final chapter is more melancholy, with a focus on establishing a musical legacy and the deaths of some longtime Floyd members and associates, but Mason seems to accept what is going to happen, and still holds out the hope of one more tour. ( )
  Matthew1982 | Feb 8, 2018 |
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If you want to read a unpretentious history of Pink Floyd than this is for you. With some dry humor Nick Mason presents a straight forward history of the band. It is admittedly his perspective and he makes that clear in the writing, often glossing over some of the legends of the band. Giving a nod to their place in the band mythos without going into detail. With some I get the feeling that he was not directly involved so does not add to the myth.

Listening to Pink Floyd without knowing much about the band this was a good introduction to their story. It isn’t a tell all so we don’t lose the forest for the trees where the focus is on the band etc antics and not the history. So if you are looking for the dirt on David Gilmour and Roger Waters than this is not the history you want to read. ( )
  twolfe360 | Jan 3, 2018 |
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This review is of the 2017 edition of the book. Getting a question some people may have out of the way first, if you already have the earlier edition, it's probably not worth upgrading to this edition unless you can find it very cheap, as the changes seem to be only an expansion of the final chapter and the timeline to cover events since the first edition. If you're a fan of the band, or are just interested in its history, and don't have the earlier edition then this is a worthwhile addition to your collection.

The book is divided into thirteen sections, each covering a period of the band's history. After the first two sections (detailing the band's initial formation and becoming more than just a hobby), the remaining sections mostly correspond with one or two of their major studio albums (most of the doubling of albums being in the transitional period after Piper at the Gates of Dawn and before Dark Side of the Moon). These divisions do feel like natural changes in the band's development, rather than arbitrary chapter breaks at each new album.

Nick Mason was probably the only person who could have written this successfully. Part of this is simply because he's been the only constant member of the band (although only Syd Barrett wasn't present for more than one or two albums). Another part of it is that, apart from the split with Syd (an event he is not sparing in criticism of how they handled it), he wasn't as central to the conflicts in the band, allowing him a more balanced position on these matters. Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, and (except for the new material) Rick Wright did have input on the material, and several other involved people are quoted, further helping to balance the viewpoint.

The tone of the book is generally light, especially about some of the band's excesses musically and in stage design, making for an easy read. The spelling and terminology are distinctly British, which shouldn't be a problem for most people but might be an issue for some. ( )
  Gryphon-kl | Dec 13, 2017 |
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Nick Mason has written an appropriately exhaustive memoir of his experience as a lifetime member of Pink Floyd. Though a bit too self-deprecating and to a fault unpretentious, this historical accounting of one of the great British rock bands of all-time will prove to be foremost as biographical standard. Well-written and informative, persons interested in all things Pink Floyd will not be disappointed. ( )
  MSarki | Dec 10, 2017 |
Revised with a new postscript on Live8
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
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Dodd, PhilipEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbott, DanEndpaper Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cowan, FinleyEndpaper Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Curzon, PeterCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eldridge, DavidDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richey, JoshDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorgerson, StormCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Truman, RupertPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811848248, Paperback)

Here, for the first time, is the story of Pink Floydfrom the inside out. With 116 million albums sold worldwide and 25 years on the pop charts to their credit, Pink Floyd is one of the most successful rock groups in history, yet their storyuntil nowis one of the least known. The only continuous member of the band through its entire 40-year history, Nick Mason has witnessed every twist, turn, and sommersault from behind his drum kit. The journey begins with the band's origins as the darlings of London's late 1960s underground and the creation of the classic Pink Floyd sound, all the way through to The Wall and those legendary stadium shows. Here are the players who shaped the band's history and the story behind the storythe inside perspective on, for example, the deterioration and departure of Syd Barrett; the overwhelming success of The Dark Side of the Moon and the resulting pressures and conflicts within the band, including the rift with Roger Waters; and Nick and David Gilmour's decision to put their reputations on the line and continue as Pink Floyd. Packed with rare photographs and vintage Floyd graphics from Nick Mason's extensive private archive, Inside Out is an eye-opener for both veteran fans and those just discovering the group. And, in keeping with the classic Floyd style, the book's cover was designed by Storm Thorgerson, creator of such iconic images as the Dark Side pyramid. Always candid, by turns poignant and funny, Nick's own memories are augmented with extensive research and interviews, making Inside Out a comprehensive history of one of the most brilliant and imaginative bands the world has knownand a masterly memoir of rock and roll.

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Three hundred color and black-and-white photographs enliven an insider's history of the rock group, chronicling the evolution of Pink Floyd through its entire forty-year history, from its earliest origins in the 1960s to the present day.

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