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Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd Paperback – November 25, 2008
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“You really do feel as if you’re being sucked into the drama. That’s a testament to Blake doing his job…It’s a journalistic take on the band, and its reads like a history book. It’s respectful and revealing, but not in a scandalous way.”
Blurt Magazine, 2/09
“Mark Blake has clearly done his share of research…Blake is at his best [when] providing those details that leap off the page while placing Pink Floyd squarely in the context of the times.”
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I can't imagine how long it took Mark Blake to research this book let alone write it. He took quotes and articles from every major book ever written about the band. He got people from each members past to talk on record. A lot of them for the first time in print. Their are stories here that have never seen the light of day. The best part about this book is that he got some of Pink Floyd's inner circle to talk without disclosing their identities.
For the first time, problems in each members personal lives are disclosed in great detail. It's about time all Pink Floyd fans got the real stories behind the history of this amazing band.
This is a must have for any rock n roll buff.
If your a Floyd fanantic or a casual music listener with a passing interest in the band, its a must buy.
I agree with everything that the previous reviewer had to say except for the comment about the Nick Mason book. I am not convinced that Nick's original intent was to go into depth about the band's various personality conflicts over the years. His book with its extensive collection of photographs was written from a loving perspective and with great humor. I value that book very much just as it is. It is a beautiful book with stunning artwork worthy of a true Pink Floyd product. I highly recommend both these wonderful books which compliment each other very nicely.
What makes this book so great is that Mark Blake has built quite a respository of behind-the-scenes Floyd info, culled from interviews he conducted over many years as a music writer. It seems that he was willing to pull out all the stops in delivering that info within the pages of this book. As a result, even the most die-hard Floyd fan is bound to learn something new here.
While I loved Shaffner's book, and really considered it the best on Pink Floyd, it presented a somewhat uneven treatment of the band's history, with everything after the release of "Dark Side of the Moon" being somewhat rushed. Not in this book. Blake really digs in deep in his treatment of the "breakup years" of 1974-81, and even delivers new commentary from many players (including Bob Ezrin) on the post-Waters "litigation years" of 1987-94. I particularly enjoyed the backstage info he presents regarding the reunion at Live 8. And given Rick Wright's untimely passing (while I was in the middle of this book ironically), it would seem that event really marks the end of Pink Floyd. This book covers everything that happened after Live 8 -- essentially the Gilmour and Waters solo tours of 2006-07 -- and the only significant event left out is Rick's death.
Really, I can't say enough good things about this book. If you're a Floyd fan, you owe it to yourself to read this book. I guarantee you'll get many new nuggets if information.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not a Pink Floyd ide-hard fan or completist, but I have a very good portion of their albums in my collection, and, generally, I like them all. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Botnik Roller
I got super bored with this book, so much that I couldnt get past the half way mark. I typically find that books start off slow then get better, but this one never did. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sarah F.
As a big fan of Pink Floyd, I found this book to be full of interesting history and have great insight into the inner world of the band members. Great read.Published 1 month ago by Texan40cal
An excellent read for Floyd fans as well as fans of Gilmour & Waters as solo artists.Published 2 months ago by Tracie G
If you love Floyd then this is a must read. It starts way back at the very, very beginning and goes all the way through 2007 or so in great detail although I wish there was more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Stanton
Been a fan of the Floyd for many years, so the book interested me tremendously. I now understand why the group imploded, and learning about Roger Waters personality has helped me... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SRHDDS
A bit long winded, although it does give a good appreciation of the personalities involved and the ups and downs of this talented bunch of guys. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KMickP
It's a very thorough and economical (paper back) way to get to know the band. The main complain seems to be "too much detail". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tero