- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st Printing edition (March 10, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811848248
- ISBN-13: 978-0811848244
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 160 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd Paperback – March 10, 2005
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The landmark British psychedelic band Pink Floyd's founding drummer limns the group, named after two early bluesmen, in a profusely illustrated coffee-table tome. The band's spacey arrangements, instrumentation, and light shows made it famous; the drug-burnout fate of original leader Syd Barrett, who was later institutionalized, helped, too. As Barrett's legend grew, his former colleagues moved the band closer to the rock mainstream and scored massive hits with such albums as Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. Mason tracks the outfit's progress from the members' meeting in art school a la the Who, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and other revered British rockers. He details the band's journey from jazzy R & B to the psychedelic explorations that eventually dominated its output. Given Pink Floyd's erstwhile association with mood-altering substances, the more recent story of band members' children's covert strategy to score at a concert is particularly piquant. Incisive, and freighted with pictures, this is a lush treat for the band's considerable fandom. Mike Tribby
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About the Author
Nick Mason first played with Roger Waters and Syd Barrett at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London in 1964, although they wouldn t become Pink Floyd until the following year. He lives in the UK.
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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.