Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd


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Nick Mason has written an appropriately exhaustive memoir of his experience as a lifetime member of Pink Floyd. Though a bit too self-deprecating and to a fault unpretentious, this historical accounting of one of the great British rock bands of all-time will prove to be foremost as biographical standard. Well-written and informative, persons interested in all things Pink Floyd will not be disappointed. Dabei werden nicht viele Schockmomente aufgedeckt, sondern eher offenbart, dass sich bei Pink Floyd eigentlich um eine nicht sehr abenteuerliche Gruppe handelte.

Sep 20, Vilmos Kondor rated it it was amazing. I generally dislike and distrust books about my favorite bands, artists and writers. Therefore I read only a couple of them with my view being: Nevertheless I found myself once again listening to Pink Floyd and somehow I caught glimpse of this book. I gave it a perfunctory try but then realized that I couldn't put it down. Nick Mason is a great storyteller who tries to speak for the band and the members and does this with h I generally dislike and distrust books about my favorite bands, artists and writers.

Nick Mason is a great storyteller who tries to speak for the band and the members and does this with huge amounts of irony and humor.

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Feb 05, Darryl rated it really liked it. While a lot of the story of the band itself is told straightforwardly and workman-like, it's saved by the dry English humor that runs rampant as rampant as dry humor can be throughout. Unlike the previous books about the band, Mason's "Inside Out: Daleks were influential for their association to Doctor Who. What's wrong with this book is it does not tell you anything you didn't already know. Sep 03, James rated it really liked it. And this is also coming from someone not necessarily a fan of the band though I do want to go listen to Dark Side of the Moon right about now -- for a fan, past or present, this actually provides some interesting insight into the inter-personal strife that has apparently plagued the band from the outset.

A great book about a fantastic band. It made me listen again with "new ears" to the almost forgotten items in their catalog and for this only I am grateful. He also put the feud between David Gilmour and Roger Waters in perspective and I needed to hear a sober version of the story.

All in all, either you are a fan or are about to become one, this is the one and only book about Pink Floyd that is worth reading. Mason for achieving the impossible. Feb 20, arterialturns rated it it was amazing. Admittedly I'm a very biased Pink Floyd fan since or so! A humorous, thoughtful, self-deprecating and not-at-all-pretentious inside look at a band with an interesting history.

Nick Mason comes across better than probably anyone else in the band could, given the divisive feelings between the rest of them. Also, it's a fan's dream: I have loved Pink Floyd for decades, and I'm proud that I got to see one of their very last shows in in London. This book is competently written and gives an interesting history of the group.

I only wish it could have had more character depth between the main members. I would have loved to hear more of the details that went on between them all as they were creating their spectacular albums. As a teenager, I was very much into Pink Floyd. There were a number of reasons. First that they had, pretty much, ended their careers by the time I discovered them and so had the exotic feel of a band from more interesting times. Band leader and bassist Roger Waters' particular brand of alienation - 'we don't need no education' - appealed to my anarchist tendencies.

Dave Gilmour seemed like a magical guitarist. At a certain point that changed, partly from overlistening, partly because I outgrew As a teenager, I was very much into Pink Floyd. At a certain point that changed, partly from overlistening, partly because I outgrew them. Nowadays I can only really listen to their earlier albums - Meddle most of all - before they get too ponderous, and some might say pretentious.

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Luckily, Mason's memoir isn't ponderous at all, and he has that breezy type of wry English humour one associates with someone like Michael Palin. Mason seems like a nice chap, the kind you might have been friends with had you known him. Like a good middle class boy, he's a pretty good writer too. The writing is lively and full of illuminating detail.

The history of the band, like the music itself, tends to become less interesting as time passes. Really, it's the early years, when they are at the head of a particular zeitgeist that is most interesting. Still, rather than any of Mason's observations, it was my own reflections that tended to dominate the experience of reading the book, and I may as well record those here. To begin with, I was struck by just how young they were when they made it 'big'.

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Their first album, 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn,' was mostly composed by their first lead man - Syd Barrett - who was probably their only true genius, at the age of of Youth is par for the course for popular music, but that's still young to produce something so unique. Had Barrett not suffered a breakdown under the influence of industry pressure and drugs, and subsequently been ejected from the band, one can only imagine the work they might have produced a decade later. On the subject of youth, the band were all about when they recorded their next big hit, Dark Side of the Moon.

That's about right for bands, but there are plenty of people who at 28 still don't know what they want to do with their life, let alone go about producing one of the greatest albums of all time. This had me reflecting on the vicissitudes of fate.

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Being in the right place at the right time -- this seems to be a crucial factor in any success. Release an album or book too early or too late and it may sink. Collaborate with the right person, and they might drag you - as in this case - into the big-time. In this sense, Mason seems to have led a charmed life. Neither he nor Waters were really very good musicians, though Waters did later become an excellent songwriter. They just happened to have been lucky enough to be friends with Barrett.

Barrett essentially gifted the other three and then four when Dave Gilmour replaced him a career. As Mason and Waters have said themselves, there would have been no Pink floyd without Barrett.

But once they had their start - and this was another of my ruminations - they gripped on for dear life. They toured incessantly, recorded a lot. Waters taught himself to become a great songwriter almost by force of will, but more importantly, the band seemed to bring out the best in each other. Each member had their own particular skills that they brought. The whole was more than the sum of the parts.

I would have liked more of Mason's reflections on the musical side of things, but as he was mostly an 'active passenger' in this, maybe he isn't the right person for this. You don't get much reflection really on any of these larger questions - fame, genius, luck - from Mason in the book, which has more of an everyday approach to it. But you do get a sense of the dynamics of the band, their demanding schedule, the later acrimonious split, and their final reunion for Live 8. Mason is a genial guide to all of the events, and that makes it one of the better rock memoirs.

Nov 19, George Moore rated it really liked it. I enjoyed the book a lot. Nick has a sense of humor that comes through in the writing. Though I wasn't overly interested in the Syd days, the remainder of the book was a fun read. I loved reading his remembrances of tours and albums while recalling what I was doing during that same time. Nick covered the friction of Roger's departure diplomatically. Frankly, I land squarely in David's camp on that issue.

Nick's words regarding Rick Wright's passing were wonderful. I'm glad to see Rick get credit fo I enjoyed the book a lot. I'm glad to see Rick get credit for his contributions, even if it's posthumously. If you're a Pink Floyd fan, I heartily recommend reading this book.

Mar 14, Calin Biris rated it really liked it Shelves: Istoria trupei povestita prin ochii tobosarului prezinta o cronologie a evenimentelor, pieselor, albumelor si concertelor. Cartea este scrisa precaut, sa nu raneasca pe nimeni si probabil din motivul acesta parca ii lipseste sarea si piperul.

Din pacate nu m-a captivat foarte mult si am lasat-o de 2 - 3 ori pana sa ajung sa o termin. O recomand cu caldura celor pasionati de rock clasic si care viseaza la a deveni celebrii in muzica.

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Jul 17, Cole Whetstone rated it liked it. The same forces that brought the band together tore it apart, but they still made a lot of meaningful music. In large part, the money and the ego. Nick Mason has few illusions about what being a Rockstar is like. Although he acknowledges the momentary transcendence of Type: Although he acknowledges the momentary transcendence of playing in shows and being showered with success, he focuses much more on the day-to-day interpersonal relationships that moved the band through each of its successive phases.

What was it like to be a member of Pink Floyd? Honestly Mason makes it out as if he were simply there for a good time, smelled the trappings of success, and then held on for dear life. Mason is faithful to the many ex-bandmates esp. Syd Barett , managers esp. May 20, Anette rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ega see raamat mind selles osas palju ei aidanud ka. Millised olid nende iseloomud? Noore inimesena oleksin siiski hinnanud nende tagasihoidlike kirjelduste juures pisut konteksti: That said, I came away from Inside Out still wishing I'd learned a bit more about the inner workings of the Floyd.

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But it respectively glosses over a what actually happened with Syd Barrett and b the creative processes and tensions that powered the band's development. Perhaps these expectations were too higher for the band's drummer, seemingly the individual who "Breezy" is, I think, the best word for this book, and it gets a nudge up from two to three stars simply on the basis of readability.

Perhaps these expectations were too higher for the band's drummer, seemingly the individual who contributed least to the band and who represented the closest thing to a bridge across the Waters-Gilmour divide were strongest he knew Roger Waters from before the band started but stayed with David Gilmour after the split. The text is peppered with phrases like "My recollection is that Did I come away with anything I couldn't read in Wikipedia? Not really, and less in some cases. But it was a pleasant way to while away a couple of sunny afternoons.

Sep 03, James rated it really liked it. For someone with really only a passing interest in Pink Floyd, I would say this seemed kind of an odd choice of reading material. However, what started as somewhat of a mounting chore the book is rather large and cumbersome , ended up being pretty pleasant. While a lot of the story of the band itself is told straightforwardly and workman-like, it's saved by the dry English humor that runs rampant as rampant as dry humor can be throughout.

Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd

The text is also augmented by a boatload am I being cle For someone with really only a passing interest in Pink Floyd, I would say this seemed kind of an odd choice of reading material. The text is also augmented by a boatload am I being clever because Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has a houseboat-based recording studio? No, probably not, I just couldn't think of a better word of photos: I'd really more likely give this book a 3.

And this is also coming from someone not necessarily a fan of the band though I do want to go listen to Dark Side of the Moon right about now -- for a fan, past or present, this actually provides some interesting insight into the inter-personal strife that has apparently plagued the band from the outset. Feb 28, Suri Thomas rated it did not like it. I recently purchased this book and returned it in four days. This was my first Pink Floyd book and I felt that the only think I learned from this book was that Roger Water's girlfriend's name is Laurie.

This book talked about Syd Barrett but I felt Nick really didn't know him. The incident when Roger spit on the fan was addressed in one sentence but Nick could not tell anything about it so why mention it. I could care less about his family and pictures of his children. What's w I recently purchased this book and returned it in four days.