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Monday, 26 June 2017

Mojo issue 285 - Jimi Hendrix, Roger WatersThe new issue of the UK's Mojo Magazine (cover date August 2017, issue number 285) includes - apart from some major coverage of Jimi Hendrix - an interview with Roger Waters conducted in New York shortly before the rehearsals for the current Us + Them tour.

The article has a chief focus on the background to, and development of, the recently released Is This The Life We Really Want?, and also takes a look at the Desert Trip weekends held last year. For those who are wondering if there's been any progress with the long-running saga of theatrical version of The Wall, there's an update (of sorts) on this project. It sounds like not a huge amount of development has occurred with this since the last news trickled through on this front, and the musical is still quite some way off.

There's also an interview with producer Nigel Godrich, talking about his work with Roger on the new album. Interestingly, it also reveals how difficult he found Roger's solo material to listen to, calling Amused To Death, for example, "so much noise and so badly put together".

Almost six years on from the sad news that writer Nick Sedgwick had passed away, and Roger stating his wish at that time to publish a Pink Floyd manuscript that Nick had written, the interview with Roger in the new issue of Mojo now brings the story up-to-date.

Back in August 2011, he 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."

In the new interview, Roger states his intention now to self-publish In The Pink, to include a USB drive within a planned deluxe edition, containing the interview material Nick recorded on audio cassette at the time. He notes that David Gilmour originally blocked the publication back in 2011, feeling it was a very biased account of things, and in this update, Roger notes that "the only thing I've heard from [David] is that it should be called My Friend Roger, not In The Pink". More information on the book as we get it.

The magazine is in UK stores now, and will be available in selected locations worldwide as an import, in due course. Alternatively, you can buy it online through this link.

 
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