- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition (September 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0297843877
- ISBN-13: 978-0297843870
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.1 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 160 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd Hardcover – September 30, 2004
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INSIDE OUT is a winner... glossy and colourful * NEW STATESMAN * ...one of the greatest stories in the pantheon or rock. The production values of the book reflect those of the Floyd themselves: solid, lavish, heavy, beautifully bound and illustrated... Everything about the design of the book ... has been executed with the utmost care... Even the picture captions have been sculpted into precise, informative and often amusing nuggets of information... [Mason] has a measured uncluttered style which he leavens with a dry, original wit. -- David Sinclair * THE GUARDIAN * ... the compelling Pink Floyd soap opera, capably chronicled in drummer Nick Mason's recently published coffee-table memoir Inside Out. In prose that is both self-deprecating and insightful, he grapples with subjects that have often been off-limits... -- John Harris * THE GUARDIAN * the author's engaging wit.... it's always readable -- Dominic Maxwell * TIME OUT * highly-readable, delightfully illustrated book * Sunday Times * As charmingly English as Pimms and heatstroke on a balmy summer's day, few Pink Floyd fans will want to miss out on this. * Q magazine Pink Floyd special edition *
About the Author
Nick Mason was a founder member of Pink Floyd as drummer/percussionist. He is the only member of the band to survive from its foundation and has played on every Pink Floyd album. He has produced music for TV commercials and played and produced several albums for other bands. His solo album NICK MASON'S FICTICIOUS SPORTS was released in 1981. His other passion is motor cars and he has taken part in the Le Mans 24-hour race. For years he has accumulated images and memorabilia associated with the band with a view to writing their definitive history.
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First, I will make this simple: if you really like Pink Floyd, this is an indispensable book to have and an absolute must-read. If you are not, then it is probably way too much information. But, oh my, what a brilliant book this is! Nick Mason is a witty, slightly dark-humored, self-deprecating,detailed wordsmith. I did not want this book to end. It is a wonderful recollection and reflection back into the history of the iconic band Pink Floyd. If you are looking for sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, this is NOT it. Just a look back and look through a band and its music. The bumps and bruises along the way (read: Syd and Roger) are handled forthrightly, with dignity and without backstabbing. We are given the basic facts with Mr. Mason's subtle observations and subjective thoughts, but not delivered with rancor or over-emotionalism. Mason does not take himself very seriously and time and time again we are delighted to read his thoughts about himself and others with what I can only imagine were delivered with a wry smile. The book is offered with intelligence and love and I came away feeling as if I had sat across the table from him as he expounded on his life with this magnificent group of musicians who became terribly dear to his heart. Mason comes across as being grateful for the opportunity and wants the reader to understand how it all came to be. A fabulous bonus for the reader is the inclusion of dozens and dozens of terrific photographs. The book was released just after the Floyd reunion at Live8 and before the deaths of Syd Barrett and Richard Wright. Again, if you are a Pink Floyd fan, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
What is annoying is that Mason made several amendments and "updates" to the book after it was published, and what I didn't know at first was which "version" of the book I was getting. I got it at a discount because it was NOT an updated version, but I was unaware of this until after I purchased the book & it was sometime later. I'm not even sure of what content was added or if it's worth it to seek out the most recent version of the book or not, but once you publish a book, don't keep adding updates and afterthoughts. I just pisses people off. I can't even tell you what to look for if you want to buy the most recent version of the book, myself...only that if you find it considerably cheaper, it's likely the older version.
At any rate, if you're a Floyd fan who likes to know details about the band above and beyond the music, this books is not only a good read but it's coming from a practically indisputable source, one of the band members. Floyd is one of the most enigmatic bands of our time and catching more than a glimpse about the inner-workings is a thrill. Lots of good stuff in here, and more. It's a nice coffee table book for a softcover and quite heavy, large, and stuffed full of photos you may not have seen before.
The photographs are incredible and well-worth the purchase on its own, but Mason's recollections of the Floyd's history is the deal sealer.