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

by Nick Mason

Other authors: Philip Dodd (Editor)

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Readable, likeable account of the rise and rise of Pink Floyd, but which seems a little thin after Keith Richards's excellent Life. Nick Mason is a master raconteur, but I came away wishing I knew more about the boys in the band themselves. Very enjoyable, though and Mason's acknowledgement of the contribution of the roadies, sound engineers, etc is gracious. ( )
  cappybear | Jun 9, 2013 |
"Inside Out" is the fairly dry and factual autobiography of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. It covers the band's history, from their beginnings in the mid-sixties to their reunion at Live 8 in 2005. Mason describes album recording sessions and tours, including countless anecdotes.

The book gives an interesting insider's view of the much documented splitups with Syd Barret in 1968 and Roger Waters in the eighties. However, it gives no details of the band members' personal lives, except where they intersect with the story of Pink Floyd. For example, Mason doesn't mention his own wedding or children.

Inside Out is very readable and well-structured, and as a big Floyd fan, I enjoyed learning a lot about the band's story that I hadn't heard before. ( )
  tregonning | Oct 11, 2011 |
A somewhat typically British reserved and polite retelling by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. While it is factually accurate and important as the only Pink Floyd band member memoir, it doesn't capture the spirit and energy of the times or the music. The book did confirm what I always suspected, Roger Waters is the musical genius behind it all. Of course every member was important and contributed to the end result, but Waters' music and lyric writing was at the foundation. There was a huge leap forward in the sound and quality starting with Atom Heart Mother, which can be attributed to bringing in top of the line talent in the studio. At some point Pink Floyd became a hot commodity and they were given the best people and tools ie. money. But this was the criticism embodied in Punk Rock which felt shut out by the machine and bragged it could cut a record for a few thousand dollars versus the millions for a Floyd-like studio moon shot. By the late 70s Pink Floyd became one of the dinosaurs of rock. ( )
  Stbalbach | Jul 21, 2010 |
For die-hard fans of the group Pink Floyd, a revealing look at the elements that brought together and eventually broke up one of the most influential rock bands of all time. ( )
  KenBuddah | Aug 24, 2009 |
Nick Mason has been with Pink Floyd from the beginning - through all the band's incarnations and troubles. He makes a genial host in his biography of the band, yet he proves too easygoing and unconfrontational to give us much analysis of the internal politics (and problems with Syd) that have periodically torn the relationships between the four/five-some apart. Added to that, Syd apart, the Floyd appear to have been about the only band that didn't turn up, tune in and drop out in the late 60s and 70s, continuing their studies and gigging hard until it became impossible to maintain both when their musical success started to take off.

My real exposure to Pink Floyd started off with Dark Side - I had the posters on my wall and the stickers on my school binder. It was lovely to imagine them tinkering around to produce all the sound effects, and funny to hear that they rejected Paul McCartney's recorded comments for the background. The four albums starting with Dark Side, running through to the Wall were hugely influential to me - I discovered the charms of Meddle later. There is a theatricality about these four - from a band determined to create coherent albums and give the audience a good show. Of course by the time of Wall, the show was everything - I was so jealous of my brother who went to see it at Earls Court.

What does come through is that Mason although not a flashy drummer was, like Ringo, incredibly important to the music, and also in the studio and outside kept the peace. Being a non-songwriter, it helps that Mason has another obsession in motorsport, but this is mostly mentioned in passing, letting Pink Floyd rightfully star.

Given the sad passing of Syd and now Rick, we may never hear their side of the story and how they were forced out. The Live8 reunion was a fitting coda to the Pink Floyd story and is added as an afterword in the latest edition. So this remains an entertaining and light read of the history of one of the greatest rock bands in the world. ( )
  gaskella | Sep 23, 2008 |
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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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Lavish, definitive history of the hugely influential band, by one of its founder members.

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