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New book, later this year: Pink Floyd Scandinavia 1967 – 1972 Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
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Due for publication on September 30th, 2019, is a new book about the band: Pink Floyd Scandinavia 1967 – 1972.

Immediately after Pink Floyd's debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd went to Aarhus, Stockholm and Copenhagen on their first tour outside Britain. With their cutting-edge psychedelic music and shows they created something completely new and exciting wherever they went. This book follows them on their early tours in Scandinavia at humble venues to their return in the following years as they rose to become one of the biggest rock acts in the world.

Created by the Unseen Nordic Archives, the 176 page book promises an extraordinary collection of unknown and rarely seen photos from these tours - more than 200 pictures in total - added with new interviews from many of the key people involved and newspaper articles from local Danish and Swedish papers at the time.

The Unseen Nordic Archive series of books enjoy access to an archive of over 500,000 images from Scandinavian photographers and newly researched interview material from the people who were there.

Certainly sounds very interesting; we should have more about this in due course, and hopefully will be reviewing it too. In the meantime, the various European Amazon stores are offering the book as a pre-order, through these links: Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Should you nearest Amazon store not have this book on offer, feel free to use an alternative one as they all ship books internationally.

 
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
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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.

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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.

 
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