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NOW OPEN is the quite remarkable The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at London's V&A running until October 2017. The V&A are now talking about plans to tour it. More on that as it is announced.

Roger Waters is performing a run of over 60 dates in North America... Hopefully there'll be some shows in European and the rest of the world; in an interview he suggested there would be around 200 shows all in all. Now out, released June 2nd, the new album from Roger Waters: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Finally, for those who missed them last year (or indeed, cannot wait to relive them!) are the recordings of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii on CD, LP, DVD, Blu-ray and, prior to the end of September release, a cinema screening worldwide of highlights. Some other goodies form part of the package (especially the boxset) so worth checking out the details!

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David Gilmour Live at Pompeii Deluxe CD/Blu-ray box set unboxing
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

As most of you will be fully aware, next month is dominated with the release of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii - first, in the worldwide cinema screenings (on September 13th), then at the end of the month comes the release of the same name on a variety of formats. September 29th sees the arrival of the recordings on 2CD, Blu-ray, 2DVD, a 4LP boxset, a Blu-ray and CD deluxe edition boxset, and via HD digital downloads. Other gems too are present on the deluxe boxset, including the acclaimed BBC documentary Wider Horizons.

Full details of each edition of David Gilmour Live at Pompeii can be seen here, but as a preview, an "unboxing" of the deluxe edition is now here:

As a refresher, the Deluxe CD/Blu-ray boxset includes a photo booklet, Pompeii Guide, 4 x postcards & poster. The CDs within are as per the standard 2CD release, as is the first Blu-ray in the box. This edition though has a bonus Blu-ray which features 65 minutes of music, and 132 minutes of documentaries. This includes South America December 2015, and Wroclaw, Poland June 2016, documentaries looking at each leg of the tour, and an inclusion in the set of the acclaimed 72 minute BBC documentary 'David Gilmour: Wider Horizons'.

Ordering details for all the various formats are shown here; using these links to order David Gilmour Live at Pompeii (or indeed anything from Amazon) makes a small but vital contribution towards the ongoing running costs of Brain Damage, and it is hugely appreciated!

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Nick Sedgwick's Pink Floyd book - In The Pink (not a hunting memoir) - now available
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Nick Sedgwick - In The Pink (not a hunting memoir)

When writer Nick Sedgwick sadly passed away in 2011, Roger Waters stated his wish at that time to publish a Pink Floyd manuscript that Nick had written.

Roger said: "One of my oldest friends, Nick Sedgwick, died this week of brain cancer. I shall miss him a lot. I share this sad news with you all for a good reason. He leaves behind a manuscript, In The Pink (not a hunting memoir). His memoir traces the unfolding of events in 1974 and 1975 concerning both me and Pink Floyd. In the summer of 1974 Nick accompanied me, and my then wife Judy, to Greece. We spent the whole summer there and Nick witnessed the beginnings of the end of that marriage.

"That autumn he travelled with Pink Floyd all round England on The Dark Side Of The Moon Tour. He carried a cassette recorder on which he recorded many conversations and documented the progress of the tour. In the spring of 1975 he came to America with the band and includes his recollections of that time also. When Nick finished the work in 1975 there was some resistance in the band to its publication, not surprising really as none of us comes out of it very well, it's a bit warts and all, so it never saw the light of day."

Featuring historic recollections and never before seen photos, with handwritten annotations and drawings by Roger over the text, In The Pink (not a hunting memoir) was recently published by Roger. It was Nick's wish before his passing that the book be made available to all those interested in that bit of Pink Floyd history. All proceeds will go to Nick's family.

Whilst there are some mistakes in the text, the book gives a flavour of this period of the Floyd's lives, with Roger making additional comments throughout. The first copies quietly appeared in the Victoria & Albert Museum shop, amongst the many Pink Floyd items at the end of the exhibition, but now it has wider availability, and you can order direct from the V&A online store, as well as the Roger Waters online store. Roger is also selling the book at the merchandise stands on his current Us + Them tour.

 
Guy Pratt is the Inglourious Bassterd in Edinburgh - free shows!
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Guy Pratt - Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 shows - Inglourious Bassterd

From Monday (August 14th) for a couple of weeks, Guy Pratt will be bringing his hilarious show to Edinburgh as part of the Scottish city's annual fringe festival.

In a revised and updated version of the show which he has toured as 'My Bass and other Animals', and 'Breakfast of Idiots', Guy has become the 'Inglourious Bassterd', with new reflections on life on the road, and in the studio, for a musician such as he. The absurdities and realities of working for people as diverse as David Coverdale, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Pink Floyd have given Guy a rich vein of stories which have to be heard to be believed.

This new iteration is at 5pm each day between August 14th - 27th (with the exception of the 21st) and entry is free! It is being held at Edinburgh's well-known Frankenstein pub, which is a really central venue - about 2 minutes walk from the Edinburgh Museum, 1 minutes walk from the Greyfriars Bobby Statue (and Greyfriars Kirk), and 5 minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle (thanks Scott!). If you are in the area, it's a show definitely not to be missed!

 
Nick Mason talks about Pink Floyd's 50 years
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 05 August 2017

Yesterday, which was the eve of the release day 50 years ago of Pink Floyd's debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Nick Mason was interviewed by the UK's BBC Radio 6 about the five decades of the band. You can listen to the interview here:

 
"Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains" (exhibition official catalogue) book review
Written by Marty Yawnick   
Friday, 04 August 2017
Pink Floyd Their Mortal Remains official exhibition catalogue

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains
By Aubrey "Po" Powell, Mark Blake, Joe Boyd, Victoria Broackes, Anna Landreth Strong, Howard Goodall, Jon Savage, Rob Young
- Published May 13th 2017 as the English language edition, July 6th 2017 the German edition, and October 19th 2017 for the French edition

A big, beautiful well-illustrated book that leaves you wanting more...

I'm in Dallas with virtually no chance of seeing the exhibition “Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains” live in London before it closes this October. My hope was that Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains the book of the exhibition (V&A Publishing, 2017) would act as sort of a surrogate to help give me an idea, a sense of the history displayed in this outstanding and once-in-a-lifetime retrospective of the 50 years of Pink Floyd.

The book Their Mortal Remains is written and designed to be the official catalogue of the exhibit and less of a standalone history of Pink Floyd. A good exhibit catalogue should not only contain lots of photographs that act as a memento for the exhibit, it should also contain additional materials that help you explore the subject of the exhibit in greater depth. For the most part, this book does both well.

The book itself is big and gorgeous -- beautifully designed and printed. At just over 300 pages, most of them photographs, there's plenty here for all types of Pink Floyd fans to ogle over, especially for those unable to see the exhibition in person.

There are two editions. Both covers show the iconic refracting prism from Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side of the Moon album cover. The hardcover edition also has a really spiffy lenticular cover where the prism shatters as you open the book. It’s a pretty cool effect and worth considering the upgrade from the soft-cover edition.

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Roger Waters guests with John Prine at Newport Folk Festival
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Sunday's Newport Folk Festival (July 30th) in Rhode Island lived up to its reputation for the odd surprise - during John Prine's set, he brought out My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Rateliff, the band Lucius, and Roger Waters (between shows on his Us + Them tour) to close out the day’s music, performing Hello In There from Prine's 1971 self-titled debut album, as well as Paradise, the finale of the show.

Here's a video of Hello In There...there are various alternative (full length) videos of this performance on YouTube but by their very nature, these can be quite transient. Here's Roger's official video:

 
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