Sunday, February 03, 2019
SUPER DAVE REMEMBERS PINK FLOYD!!!
A treat for our overnight readers, book and music review from friend of the blog Super Dave . . .
Super Dave - Nick Mason Inside & Out
Those of you elderly folks like me who were hard core KYYS listeners back in the day as I was myself were probably huge Pink Floyd fans just like I was. No doubt I was a Pink Floyd junkie who was on the phone to Max Floyd as soon as there was a date listed for Pink Floyd doing a concert in Kansas City. Max being the good friend he was at the time would always score some great tickets for me. But anyway back to what this is all about. This story and book review is about Nick Mason who wrote a book covering the group called Inside Out.
Nick Mason is the only drummer Pink Floyd has ever had and the only member of the group that appeared and played on everything they recorded released a book back in 2004 about Pink Floyd covering the beginning to the end, well sort of the end. Nick Is touring this summer but will only be as close as St Louis 3/31/219 with his Saucerful of Secrets tour.
Any fan of Pink Floyd or not will enjoy reading Nick Mason's book, Inside Out. This is Nick Mason's personal memoir of Pink Floyd which was edited by not only David Gilmour, Rick Wright but Roger Waters as well for clarity. This is the best book I have ever read that revolved around a band and trust me I have read a number of them. This book turned out to be all about what I was hoping for and not about what I was afraid it might be about. It explains very well the issues with Syd Barrett and all about putting tours like The Wall, Momentary Lapse of Reason and Division Bell together. After reading this you will better understand what happen with Roger leaving the group.
If you read nothing else this year please read this book and enjoy the pictures in it you won't be sorry that you did. I knew of it years ago and sort of forgot about it because at the time I couldn’t find a copy of it in Kansas City till coming across one a few weeks back.
By the way this isn't a book about crazy parties and binge drinking while destroying hotel rooms. This is a book about some guys who kept very low profiles during their careers and that if you remember anything about them it was you seldom, heard anything about them. Also the copy I read had been updated to cover the years after the book was first published in 2004.
For those of you who don’t know about Pink Floyd it’s time you learned and gave them a listen to. They still hold the record for having an album on the charts for the longest at 942 weeks. That’s something even Elvis couldn’t pull off. Many bands didn’t even last that long. That’s over 16 years of having an album selling well enough that you remain on the top selling charts of Billboard. The Beatles by many are the best ever but they only were a group for 8 years and don’t have an album one lasting on the charts like Pink Floyd did.
You decide . . .