Through a series of interviews with a wide range of people connected to Pink Floyd in their earliest days including Nick Mason, Peter Jenner, Jenny Fabian, Storm Thorgerson, Duggie Fields and Peter Whitehead , John Cavanagh paints a vivid picture of how this remarkable debut album was created He brings to life the stories behind each track, as well as Pink Floyd s groundbreaking live performances of the time EXCERPTThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn is a wondrous creation often seen through the distorted view of later events These things have served to overshadow the achievement of The Pink Floyd on their debut album an outstanding group performance a milestone in record production and something made in much happier circumstances than I had expected to findThis is not another book about mad Syd This, instead, is a celebration of a moment when everything seemed possible, when creative worlds and forces converged, when an album spoke with an entirely new voice Such music I never dreamed of, as Rat said to Mole....
|Title||:||Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Thirty Three and a Third series)|
|Publisher||:||Continuum October 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||132 pages|
|File Size||:||678 KB|
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Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Thirty Three and a Third series) Reviews
A wonderful little biography about Piper at the Gates of Dawn by (The) Pink Floyd; aka Syd Barrett's only full album with the Floyd. The book doesn't go into much detail about the formation of the band, nor goes into deep specifics about how each track was put together and developed; rather it takes a look at the moment in time when Piper was being made with first source interviews. The focus naturally lingers on Syd and his mental breakdown, but it is not the burden of the book.
It's clear that the author knows his stuff. This is a story about the earliest years of Pink Floyd and the world they lived in. Very well researched and written. If you're a fan of PF, this book is for you!
Great introduction to this album that I really didn't understand the first few listens.
Interesting read but there seemed to be a lot of filler.
A very good and easy read. If you're a Floyd junkie there's probably not much info here you haven't read before, so I'd recommend it for more casual fans.
That's what I do, having become obsessed with this album and Syd Barrett. Of course, wanting to know everything about The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, I was eager to read this. Sadly, producer of "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" Norman (Hurricane) Smith doesn't want to talk about The Floyd anymore. Too bad, because his insight would have made a valuable contribution. Regardless, the man did a splendid job as producer, while not exactly appreciating the music. Excerpts of Norman's previous interviews reveal he was a total jazz snob, even putting down Pink Floyd as musicians, which I found shocking. In fact, Syd Barrett and Rick Wright were also strongly influenced by contemporary jazz. Nevertheless, Norman Smith completely disparaged all music on the album, while touting the talents of the Beatles! Neverminding Norman, this book goes through the album song by song and does a nice job of explaining how it was recorded and various references therein.
I agree with the other reviewer who wrote: "The book doesn't go into much detail about the formation of the band, nor goes into deep specifics about how each track was put together and developed" and would add that there's not much musical analysis of the songs. It mainly talks about the "scene" which most people would know from a million other sources, and about the engineers and producers of the record which was interesting, but not interesting enough to make up for everything else that was missing.
Nearly everything that gets written about early Floyd these days focuses on Syd too much. Sure, he was the driving force behind the band in many ways, but there's only so much you can say about drugs and insanity before it just becomes pure speculation and it gets boring. Thankfully John Cavanagh has avoided all of that in this new book about "The Piper at the gates of Dawn." What Cavanagh has done is to interview a lot of the people who surrounded Floyd in their earliest days. Friends of the band, studio engineers, managemenet, etc. Cavanagh has managed to get some very interesting material and comments from most of these people, and what I liked most about this book is the obvious affection that everyone still has for the band and for this album. That comes through strongly here. Cavanagh brings it all together with a good strong narrative and takes you through the album on pretty much a track by track basis. There was a good amount of new information and insight in this book. Cavanagh even tracks down the photographer who took the photograph on the album sleeve, and amusingly there is a photo of the author on the back of this book, using the same type of lens. I know that not all Floyd fans are fans of this album, but it's a good introduction to how the band came into being, and why this album is still so specia.