Brain Damage: In your PhD work, what place does the Dogs article hold; is it part of your PhD thesis?
Gilad Cohen: Yes, the Dogs article is part of the PhD dissertation that I wrote at Princeton, which investigates the ways Pink Floyd's large-scale songs succeed in maintaining vitality and interest while being based on very little material. This is something that is unique to Floyd: almost all other British bands from the 1970s used much more thematic material (melodies, chord progressions, grooves) when creating pieces of such scale.
BD: Have you analyzed a number of Pink Floyd songs in this depth?
GC: While I briefly referred to numerous songs from the repertoire as part of my research, I only analyzed two songs in such level of detail: Echoes and Shine On You Crazy Diamond. My analysis of the latter concentrates on its wide emotional range, and its central points were presented at the lecture/concert I gave at the Pink Floyd conference at Princeton last year. A video of this lecture/concert is available in its entirety here: Gilad Cohen: Shine On You Crazy Diamond - lecture and arrangement (complete).
BD: What can the average fan learn from the article?
Some advance notice for you - BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show on this coming Friday (July 17th), which airs between 6:30am-9:30am UK time, "gets that Friday feeling going" with a range of guests joining Sara Cox (who is looking after Chris's show this week) in the radio studio for a chat, including our very own David Gilmour.
There is no indication as yet, what time during the show that David will be appearing. Most guests appear after 7:30am or so, although if David is an early bird he could appear earlier in the show!
BBC Radio 2 can be heard on DAB and FM radio, via Freeview, Sky satellite and Virgin Media cable, and via www.BBC.co.uk/radio2, which will allow listeners around the world to tune in. The BBC's iPlayer service (on their website, and on Virgin Media) will allow listening on demand for seven days from the date of broadcast, principally for those in the UK, but this does also work in many other countries.
Update: Polly Samson has confirmed, via her Twitter account, that the title track from the album, Rattle That Lock, will receive its first play at 8:50am on this Radio 2 show. So, well worth tuning in if you are able to...
Just published in the US is a new publication from Newsweek - a Pink Floyd special, which, as you might expect, is completely focused on the band. With a cover date of August/September 2015 along its spine, it has just appeared in stores and should be available in most normal outlets in the country this coming week. It may well be available elsewhere too as an import, although Amazon.com are now selling it for despatch worldwide, so might be your best option if you want this to add to your collection.
The magazine itself is cover to cover, 100 pages long. There's no table of contents within, and resembles other Pink Floyd specials such as the Uncut publication which also focused exclusively on the band. Plenty of pictures throughout although for the avid collector, the material inside will be familiar. A nice collection though. The newsstand/store price is $10.99 although Amazon are currently selling this magazine for a dollar cheaper (plus whatever applicable postage costs depending on the location they are mailing it to)...
In an event now in its third year, Nick Mason last weekend opened his gardens to the public, with the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, and Youth Action Wiltshire, becoming some £15,000 better off.
More than 2,500 people took the opportunity to have a stroll around Nick's grounds, paying £5 each entrance fee. BD regular Ian McKenzie was amongst those present, and kindly sent over his thoughts on the day, along with some pictures of the event. Staffed by volunteers, the event was well-run, with decent free parking within walking distance. The house itself - Middlewick House in Corsham, Wiltshire - was out of bounds, but the public could walk around almost everywhere else.
Many of Nick's cars, and his helicopter, were on display. In total, there were six different garden areas plus a couple of paddocks with horses, two riding arenas, a football pitch, a tennis court and a woodland area. Sculptor Hamish Mackie had also supplied some of his pieces for people to enjoy.
Also in his garden were a number of stalls selling food, produce, arts and crafts, etc., and attendees got to see his pigs too!
Jennie Shaw, director of the Bobby Van Trust, said "I certainly would say that the Middlewick Open Gardens weekend is one of the most memorable events I organise for the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and that sharing the event this year with the Youth Action Wiltshire Team and the young carers made it particularly special. It takes a lot of volunteers to make the event a success it is and I will always remain grateful to them. One of the many highlights for me was watching Nick tapping his foot when the Corsham Wind band played an excellent medley of Pink Floyd songs."
She added: "Nick and Annette Mason are extraordinarily generous in welcoming visitors to their home, and by giving us all the opportunity to view some of Nick's high performance cars and classic cars whilst raising vital funds for two very special local charities."
Tickets for the September 29th Roger Waters The Wall
concert film screenings, at selected cinemas worldwide, are now
on sale and selling fast. The screening is followed by a Q&A session
- called The Simple Facts - with Roger and Nick Mason, talking about Pink Floyd's history and any
other questions selected from those submitted by fans recently,
specifically for this event. The Q&A will be broadcast to all
participating cinemas, and will form part of the three-hour event.
The film though isn't a straight concert performance. The official line is this: "Based on the groundbreaking concept album, Roger Waters The Wall could be called a concept film: it's a state-of-the-art show that dazzles the senses, combined with an intensely personal road trip that deals with the loss Roger has felt throughout his life due to war."
Worth visiting is the official site for Roger Waters The Wall
which has a mapping feature based on your location, showing which local
cinemas are due to take part, linking direct to either the ticket
purchase page for that venue, or for their homepage if they are yet to
list this particular event - although most if not all participating cinemas should have this up on their sites as a bookable event. Click the thumbnail to the left to see what this mapping feature looks like. As it is a special screening, we anticipate most, if
not all, venues will be charging a higher amount than for
normal films they show.
In the US, it is also worth checking fandango.com who started selling tickets the night before any other outlets had details of screenings in that country.
In the meantime, here is the full, theatrical trailer for the screenings: