As most of you are very much aware, most things on the Pink Floyd front are fairly quiet at the moment. However, just around the corner is the not inconsiderable matter of the Roger Waters The Wall Live tour of Europe 2013 with 27 shows now detailed.
We'll bring you all you need to know about these and any other shows he might add to the itinerary, so keep checking back here for the very latest information.
Similarly, we will bring you all the news we can about anything else Floyd related. Coming soon is Ron Geesin's book about Atom Heart Mother, and it sounds a cracker. More on THAT soon!
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A new video has just been released gathering a number of celebrities, ranging from Moby and Russell Brand, to director Oliver Stone, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Roger Waters, in support of US soldier Bradley Manning who is facing life in prison. Each speaker takes their turn declaring that they or we "are all Bradley Manning", imploring viewers to put themselves in a similar situation to Manning's. "What would you do if you were faced with the decision to leak non-life-threatening information that evidenced 'war crimes' and 'awful things' and deserved to be in the public domain?" they ask.
Released ten years ago on DVD (and our review can still be seen here), the programme is a truly fascinating look at the creation of the band's 1973 masterpiece. If you've yet to see it, you really are in for a treat!
The documentary is full of great surprises. Things kick off in great style with the original studio rehearsals of Breathe, followed by David picking out the song on a guitar in his studio, Richard demonstrating certain key chords, Alan Parsons showing how David's double tracked vocals were created, and ending with audio and video of the end of Breathe and the start of On The Run (then called "The Travel Sequence" or "Travel") from the very first live performance (Brighton, England on 20th January 1972)!
This sets the scene for the rest of the album, with plenty of lovely contemporary recreations of songs or parts of songs, by David, Roger and Richard, alongside original demos of the tracks, dusted off for us to hear. It is also fascinating to see the intricacies of the recording process, and the number of layers of instrumentation involved in the overall "sound" of the album.
At present, the only online retailer that we've found offering this title is
August 26th 2013 is Amazon UK, who are offering the title as a pre-order at a pretty decent price. As other retailers list this, we will update this news item.
'The Flaming Cow' offers a rare insight into the brilliant but often fraught collaboration between Pink Floyd and composer Geesin, the result of which became known as Atom Heart Mother - the Floyd's first UK number one album. From the time drummer Nick Mason visited Geesin's damp basement flat in
Notting Hill, to the last game of golf between bassist Roger Waters and
Geesin, this book is an unflinching account about how one of Pink
Floyd's most celebrated compositions came to life. Alongside unpublished
photographs from the Abbey Road recording sessions (the only ones
taken) and the subsequent performances in London and Paris, Geesin goes
on to describe how the title was chosen, why he was not credited on the
record, how he left Hyde Park in tears, and why the group did not much
like the work. The Flaming Cow also explores its recent performances, and its new-found cult status that has led to it being studied for the French Baccalaureat.
The book - with a foreword by Nick Mason - promises to be a great read,
and we're certainly looking forward to it. You can place your order for
this hardback book right now through these direct links:
Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy,
who all run a pre-order price guarantee, so you automatically pay the lowest price up to the date of release.
YOU CHANCE TO QUIZ RON GEESIN!
The publishers are also working on an eBook version, which will include some additional material over the print version - this is a special Q&A section and that's where YOU come in. Do you have any questions you've always wanted answering by Ron himself about Atom Heart Mother? Send them over to us at
and we will include the best of them in a special Q&A session which is being filmed this month.
The good people of StormStudios have just sent their latest email newsletter, and since Storm Thorgerson's very sad passing in April, have clearly been keeping themselves extremely busy - exactly, as they point out, as Storm would have wanted!
One item in the newsletter refers to the documentary that Storm had been working on more recently (which I had the pleasure to be included as one of Storm's interviewees last year). They note that: "Since the end of 2011 Storm had been very busy filming a documentary with Rupert about Pink Floyd's founder member, Syd Barrett. They filmed many interviews including old school friends, flat mates, girlfriends, fellow musicians and all the surviving members of Pink Floyd. So far it's proved a very enlightening experience. The film itself is at the editing stage right now and it's a thrill to see it all coming together. Watch this space, as they say, for more news coming soon."
Finally, as a reminder for those in, or close to, the south of England, it's the final week of their current exhibition at The Guildhall, Portsmouth. If you haven't been already, and are able to, make sure you get down there soon as the final day is Sunday (June 23rd).
Some great news for all Spotifiers (if that's the right word for people who use the online music streaming service Spotify - Pink Floyd have, as promised at the end of last week, finally arriving on Spotify.
The band were one of the few high profile bands who were notable absentees from the music streaming service, and since its launch, Floyd fans have been clamouring for their music to be available on it. A challenge was set: the track Wish You Were Here had to be streamed a million times before the entire catalogue was made available on the service. Unsurprisingly, it didn't take long! (A comment on the Floyd's Facebook page did point out that it was just as well it wasn't St Tropez that was the track to be streamed one million times!) The catalogue on Spotify couples the 2011 remasters with other releases including Delicate Sound of Thunder, Relics, and even Collection of Great Dance Songs.
Last night Spotify also got the entire David Gilmour solo catalogue too. Roger Waters is on there as well, although curiously the version of his opera Ca Ira is the French language edition.
Spotify has over 24 million active users, and the service allows you to
listen to anything in their vast catalogue of songs on demand, and also
makes suggestions of music to listen to. There are two levels of
membership - a free, ad-supported level, and a premium level which has a
monthly fee. We know that many Floyd fans will be delighted with this
news; despite already owning most if not all the Floyd's catalogue,
Spotify brings convenience of playing tracks that take your fancy,
without having to find the CD in your collection. Full details can be found at Spotify.com.
The Cultural Association Floydseum, fresh from the great success of the Pink Floyd Day 2 held in Brescia on April 27th, engages in a new initiative that promises to be another success: the organization of the largest exhibition dedicated to "Pink Floyd The Wall" ever realized until now. The Hall of the Cultural Center Agora Altinate/San Gaetano in Padova will host the first exhibition of some of the most valuable and rare pieces from the private collections of fans around the world related to the discography, film and live shows of the Wall project.
Of equal, or possibly greater interest, are the range of guest speakers. These include David Appleby, official photographer present on set during the shooting of the Alan Parker film, who will speak on July 13th for the opening of the Exhibition. Other speakers will be Brain Damage's very own Glenn Povey, well-known author of key Floyd books such as Echoes, and Gio Alajmo, renowned Italian journalist and music critic. For the first time in Italy, 47 original photos taken by Appleby will be on display, alongside 20 rare original prints made available by Gerald Scarfe, who has also created the poster for "Outside the Wall". Scarfe is due to appear at the exhibition on the morning of July 26th. Conferences and meetings with experts of the group, concerts (Wit Matrix cover band) and demonstrations of the Virtual Museum in 3D, the flagship of the Association Floydseum that allows the visitor to navigate to a spectacular world, are scheduled during the opening of "Outside The Wall".
In the exhibition space there will also be the famous 3 metre high neon sculpture of the hammers created by Maestro Marco Lodola, one of the greatest exponents of Italian modern art.