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Reminder: Limited blue vinyl 25th anniversary 2LP of Pink Floyd's The Division Bell Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 17 May 2019

Pink Floyd's The Division Bell - limited blue vinyl 2LP 25th anniversary editionA reminder, should you need it: just three weeks to go until the following is released, and it seems to be selling very well already! Helping to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pink Floyd's The Division Bell, a limited release of the album in translucent blue, heavyweight vinyl as a 2LP set, is coming on June 7th, 2019. It echoes the original limited blue vinyl release by Columbia Records in 1994.

It will be joining the other albums released by the band's new label - Pink Floyd Records - and will bear catalogue number PFRLP 31. Featuring the 2014 master by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and the late Doug Sax of the Mastering Lab, California, it comes as a double LP (as did the 2014 black vinyl release) to ensure all the songs are presented in full. The original 1994 single vinyl release required the songs to be edited to fit.

As expected, the packaging is of high quality again; the records are housed in a gatefold sleeve with four different images of specially-created heads, and two full-colour lyric/image inner bags. On its original release, the album debuted at number 1 in the UK, US, Australian and New Zealand album charts, reaching the top spot in six other countries, and to date has sold over 12 million copies.

At the time, David Gilmour said: "The three of us went into Britannia Row Studios, and improvised for two weeks. Playing together and starting from scratch was interesting and exciting, it kick-started the album and the process was very good, it was collaborative and felt more cohesive."

Ordering links: We're sure it's going to be one that many of you won't want to miss out on. If you do want to add this to your collection, please use these direct links to help support the running of Brain Damage: Amazon UKAmazon.comAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Should your chosen Amazon store be sold out, or another 'branch' of Amazon have it cheaper, bear in mind they ship records internationally, so can be worth placing your order with another Amazon in either of these circumstances, so you don't miss out!

 
Win one of two copies of new book: Pink Floyd - Captured Through Time Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Pink Floyd - Captured Through Time book
Pink Floyd - Captured Through Time book - example picture
Pink Floyd - Captured Through Time book - example picture Pink Floyd - Captured Through Time book - example picture

With the publication this month of the new, limited edition book from Wymer Publishing in the UK, called "Pink Floyd - Captured Through Time", we have a special competition for you to win one of two copies of this book, which is an edition of just 500.

Captured Through Time is a photographic celebration of the band that takes you on a journey from the psychedelic, avant-garde sixties to the present day including off stage shots of all band members.

The publishers note that many of the photos have never been published in print before, including a sequence of shots from the Animals tour in 1977 that have only just been developed from the original negatives and digitally restored for this publication.

In total, over 100 glorious images of Floyd both on and off stage through the decades are included in this large format hardback book. Housed in a bespoke, custom-made, buckram presentation box with holographic block foil, it also includes 3 prints, ideal for framing and is strictly limited to 500 worldwide.

You can order the book directly from the publishers at WymerUK.co.uk. The book will not be available to purchase elsewhere, so this will be the only place you'll be able to get a copy - unless you are a winner in our latest competition.

COMPETITION - WIN A COPY!
With thanks to the publishers, two lucky BD visitors will each get a free copy of the book, in our latest competition. To enter, all you need to do is answer this question correctly:

  • Pink Floyd's 1977 tour went under which name, later to be found on the album of The Wall?

Email your answer to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  with the subject line of "Captured Through Time Book competition", and include your name and full mailing address. The closing date is May 22nd, 2019, and all entries received by the end of that date will be in with a chance of winning. Just one entry per household please - and best of luck to you all!

Shown here is the cover of the book, along with some examples of pictures from within its pages. Click the thumbnails to see the images in greater detail. The pictures show, in clockwise order: the cover, the band in 1970 on stage, Roger Waters in 1977 during the Floyd's tour that year, and Richard Wright from 1972.

UPDATE: COMPETITION NOW CLOSED - AND WINNERS SELECTED!
Our congratulations to Andrew Cakebread, from Shipston on Stour, UK, and Eric Van den Bossche, from Sint-Joris-Weert in Belgium, who were the two lucky winners from the many hundreds of correct entries received here. Well done you two; your books will be on their way to you directly from the publishers shortly. Commiserations to everyone else who entered and better luck in our next competition!

 
Memoir of Bryan Morrison, early Pink Floyd manager, coming in September 2019 Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 11 May 2019
Bryan Morrison - Have a Cigar book 2019

When the music impresario Bryan Morrison died aged 66 in 2008, after two years in a coma following a polo accident at The Royal Berkshire Polo Club of which he was a founder, he left behind his unpublished memoir. As a music publisher, manager and agent, Morrison had represented the Pretty Things, Pink Floyd, Elton John, the Bee Gees, T. Rex, The Jam, Wham! and many others. He was also the founder and owner of the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.

In the sixties, he formed the Bryan Morrison Agency, a management and booking agency, who looked after Floyd (amongst others) in their early days, taking over the management of the band from Blackhill Enterprises in 1968. The late Steve O'Rourke and Tony Howard were also part of the team.

In this candid and outspoken book, titled Have a Cigar!, which he was looking to publish before his untimely death, Morrison reveals the true stories behind why Syd Barrett once bit his finger to the bone, the Pretty Things were banned for life from New Zealand, and he became involved with the Kray Twins. He also tells how The Jam kissed goodbye to success in the USA, he received death threats when Robin Gibb left the Bee Gees, and signed a publishing deal with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as Wham! Spanning the golden age of British rock ’n’ roll from the 60s to the 80s, this is the extraordinary story of a cigar-chomping, East End entrepreneur, with a passion for art and design, fashion, music and polo. Have a Cigar! will be published by Quiller in September 2019.

Andrew Johnston, Managing Director of Quiller, says: I am delighted to have secured this fascinating and revealing autobiography by Bryan Morrison which captures the atmosphere and excitement of the early days of the UK music industry, covering his discovery of Pink Floyd in Soho to the signing of many classic bands, via mixing with the Krays and the high life in London at that time.

Ordering links: This book promises to have many fascinating insights into the early days of the Floyd, together with the other artists that Morrison was involved with. To add this to your Floydian bookshelves, please use these direct links to help support the running of Brain Damage: Amazon UKAmazon.comAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon GermanyAmazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Not all the ordering pages are live, but should be very shortly. Also, Amazon ships books worldwide so if you are not in one of the locations listing Have a Cigar for order, please try another 'branch' of Amazon.

 
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains opens today in Madrid, Spain Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 10 May 2019

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains opens in its fourth home, today, in Madrid, Spain. It is currently due to run until September 15th, 2019, and is bound to be popular. Aubrey "Po" Powell expressed his delight yesterday at the choice of venue, being the best so far.

Tickets for the exhibition are now on sale via StubHub and as before, advance booking is highly recommended as popular times and dates will no doubt sell quickly. Opening hours each week for the exhibition are Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00am – 10:00pm (last entry: 8:30pm), and admission costs are €9.90 EUR - €19.90 EUR (plus applicable fees), with the excellent audioguide included in the price.

For more information about the exhibition, either check out the various articles here on Brain Damage, or visit www.pinkfloydexhibition.es. Here's the interview with Nick Mason and Po, from the launch yesterday:

 
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains heads to Madrid, Spain! Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 26 April 2019
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains - Madrid, Spain, 2019

¡Buenas noticias, amigos españoles!

Announced this morning: Spain has been confirmed as the fourth country to host The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the magnificent and critically acclaimed major retrospective of Pink Floyd, their music and the impact the band had on art and culture.

Following its hugely successful debut at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017, which saw over 400,000 people attend, the exhibition will now take residency in Madrid, Spain's capital city. The exhibition will open on May 10th 2019 at the internationally recognised IFEMA – the Trade Fair Institution of Spain, the home of the very successful "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" and "Banksy: Genius or Vandal?". It is due to run until September 15th 2019. IFEMA’s Espacio 5.1 should be the perfect venue for the immersive experiential journey through Pink Floyd's world, from high-tech audio visual events, objects, and surreal landscapes, to culture explosions that evolve throughout the exhibition.

Tickets for the exhibition have just gone on sale via StubHub and as before, advance booking is highly recommended as popular times and dates will no doubt sell quickly. Opening hours each week for the exhibition are Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00am – 10:00pm (last entry: 8:30pm), and admission costs are €9.90 EUR - €19.90 EUR (plus applicable fees), with the excellent audioguide included in the price.

For more information about the exhibition, either check out the various articles here on Brain Damage, or visit www.pinkfloydexhibition.es.

 
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