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The Flaming Cow: The Making of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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"Fans will appreciate the photos and memories of the session at Abbey Road, and devotees of ’60s London will enjoy Geesin’s take on a fascinating, fast-paced and soon-ended blip in time." —ExpressMilwaukee.com
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Ron Geesin is a musician and composer, having composed numerous film and television soundtracks, including Sunday Bloody Sunday and The Body (with Roger Waters). He cowrote Atom Heart Mother with Pink Floyd. Nick Mason is a drummer, songwriter, and the only Pink Floyd member to be featured on every one of their albums.
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Having said that, I was surprised at how uninteresting this book turned out to be. Geesin seems to warn the reader from the start that his memories of making this music for Pink Floyd are mostly forgotten, that his diary entries from this period are minimal, and little documentation exists today. I suppose, considering that, it's surprising that this book holds as much interest as it does. But it only holds so much.
Pink Floyd have a long history of NOT holding onto their friends and collaborators very well. Like Norman Smith before him, Geesin seems to look back on his work with Pink Floyd as a distinctly unpleasant experience. Considering he had to overdub an orchestra onto pre-recorded Pink Floyd tracks (instead of everybody working together), I sympathize with him. Anybody who's listened to enough Pink Floyd live performances from this era (i.e., bootlegs) knows that their timing was "good enough for rock 'n' roll", but really, pretty erratic. Even on their, uh, "perfect" album, The Dark Side of the Moon, the celebrated "Money" speeds up before it's supposed to, and never quite returns to its original tempo when expected. That's perfectly cool with me -- but I wouldn't want to have to conduct an ORCHESTRA to go along with it!
One book I would direct you towards, instead of this one, is Gerald Scarfe's "The Making of Pink Floyd-The Wall", which is about as "official" as officical gets -- featuring new conversations with all three surviving members of what was once Pink Floyd. Not to mention lots and lots of full-color eye candy.
Back to this book, however: Unlike some reviewers, I don't agree that you have to be a learned musician to understand this book. But then, I AM a learned musician, so how can I evaluate? I thought it made sense, and I would have LIKED more of those special "musical" details.
I will definitely read this book another time, sometime . . . I was genuinely surprised at how slow and dull the first read was, but I'm not ready to give up on it yet. Like the piece of music itself, it's just something one has to be in the MOOD for. "Atom Heart Mother Suite" is not everyday listening, and this is not everyday reading.