Pink Floyd: The Black Strat - revised 4th edition book now available
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 25 July 2019

Many of you will be aware of "The Black Strat: A History Of David Gilmour's Black Fender Stratocaster", the superb book written by Phil Taylor, David's long-term guitar technician, studio manager, production director and much more. It takes a careful and detailed look at one of rock's most iconic instruments, very ably written by the only man to know Pink Floyd's equipment better than the band. Rather than a dry, technical manual, suited only to those who already know guitars inside and out, it is a rewarding and accessible book that Pink Floyd fans the world over will thoroughly enjoy, packed with truly rare pictures that you won't have seen before.

Unfortunately, it has been unavailable for a while - unless, of course, you spent some serious money on a copy on the second hand market, where they are on sale for some interesting (and eye watering) amounts.

So, we have great news for you! The fully revised fourth edition is now available to order exclusively from Amazon UK. A few copies appeared in the gift shop of the V&A museum when the Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains was on there, but this handful of books quickly went. The news that it is available again will be music to many ears, as it really is a great book fully deserving of a space on your Floydian bookshelf!

Now expanded to 256 pages, the fourth edition brings the story pretty much up to date, including the brace of incredible Pompeii concerts performed by David, and the V&A staging of the Floyd exhibition. The only thing missing is its sale at the recent auction at Christie's New York, in aid of ClientEarth, the environmental charity, when the guitar passed into new hands, hopefully to create more music in the future.

The book contains plenty of new information as well as many more unpublished photographs, recently come to light, that further chart the Black Strat's illustrious history. Amending and elaborating on the previous editions, it is an incredible labour of love to document every aspect of this instrument, yet never get too technical for the more casual enthusiast, or Floyd fan who doesn't play guitar.

You can order the book now through this direct link to Amazon UK, where it is exclusively available. They will ship books worldwide so if outside Purchasing things after entering Amazon through our links really helps with site running costs, and we really appreciate it!