The following entries, in date order, give brief details of what's recently arrived, or on the horizon - DVDs, CDs, books, television appearances, talks and more. Click each for more details, or place your orders through the direct links below to the likes of Amazon.com, Amazon UK etc., to help Brain Damage, at no extra cost to you!
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ROGER WATERS THE WALL - DVD, Blu-ray, 2-disc Blu-ray special edition
OUT NOW - released 16th November, 2015
Just announced, on the day following the worldwide screening in selected cinemas of Roger Waters The Wall for one night only, is the long-awaiting home release of the movie. It is being released as a digital download, as a DVD, a Blu-ray, and a 2-disc Blu-ray special edition, on November 16th, 2015. The physical editions are now available to order through selected outlets, and we have details below of what each edition contains.
There is also an additional release: an album of the Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack is set for release later this year (although no exact date is specified) via Sony Music. We suspect that this will be the concert itself, rather than the film soundtrack which of course is intercut with Roger's moving road trip.
Roger Waters The Wall, written and directed by Roger Waters and Sean Evans combines an immersive and undeniably epic concert experience of the classic Pink Floyd album, a road movie of Waters' reckoning with the past, and an anti-war protest film, highlighting the human cost of conflict. Roger said: "I'm glad that we have an opportunity to share the film with people on a wider scale. It has had a deep effect on my life; and I'm not the only one. This release provides an opportunity to remember all of our fallen loved ones."
Roger Waters The Wall was shot during his sold out 2010-13 world tour. Seen by over 4 million fans at 219 shows over a period of three years, the show was the highest grossing tour by any solo artist in history. The film, shot in 4k and mixed in Dolby Atmos, features concert footage from this incredible tour - a reminder of just how good the production was.
Beyond the music, the film follows Roger Waters as he embarks on a deeply personal pilgrimage and reflects on the impact of war with his own family. Woven throughout the film, Waters travels to France to the site where his grandfather is buried, and Italy to a memorial for his father – both lost to war. The journey offers a revealing, candid portrait of a man who is passionately and unapologetically anti-war.
The DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download releases feature bonus footage of Roger Waters visiting the grave of poet and soldier, Frank Thompson, who lost his life during the Second World War. The 2-disc Blu-Ray Special Edition features over 95 minutes of bonus footage, including the unforgettable moment in May 2011 when Roger Waters was joined on stage by David Gilmour and Nick Mason at London's O2 Arena in a performance of Comfortably Numb and Outside The Wall (Nick only appearing on the latter), as well as driving outtakes from the road movie, art cards, a poster and booklet.
This is bound to be a popular release, and early ordering is advised. With Amazon pre-orders, you will automatically be charged the lowest price they've advertised it at, between the time you order it and the eventual release, so no time like the present! You can order it through the following direct links, all resulting in a small but vital contribution toward our site running costs, which is hugely appreciated:
As more options become available to order, we will add them here.
ROGER WATERS THE WALL - DOUBLE CD, TRIPLE VINYL, AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
OUT NOW - Released November 20th, 2015
In addition to the previously announced DVD and Blu-ray versions of Roger Waters The Wall, there was mention of a soundtrack release. Today, it has been confirmed that audio versions will be released on November 20th via Columbia/Legacy Recordings.
The soundtrack will be hitting stores - physical and virtual - as a double CD, a triple vinyl LP, and digitally, and features tracks taken from various concert performances. It is produced by Nigel Godrich, best known for his work with Radiohead, Beck, and Paul McCartney. Those of you who saw the recent cinema screenings of Roger Waters The Wall will be aware of the quality of the sound mix, and this was done by Nigel for the film soundtrack too.
Intriguingly, Roger's Facebook page have also revealed something called The Ultimate Edition - which they also call 'the super deluxe' - but note that information on this is to be announced next week...so watch this space!
Roger's website does warn that there may be a delay to the arrival of the vinyl - it might be later than November 20th.
Ordering information for the physical versions from all Amazon stores will be here shortly, but some of them already have pre-order links now live. We've listed all the links below so if your chosen format and country link isn't yet live, please keep trying. As a reminder, Amazon do a pre-order price guarantee - if the price drops between the time you order an item, and release, you will automatically pay the lowest price during that period. If you prefer things digital, pre-orders can now be placed via this iTunes direct link.
THE COMPLETE PINK FLOYD - GLENN POVEY
3rd March 2016
Hot on the heels of our news about Glenn Povey's forthcoming book, 'Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock', we have information about Glenn's other publication from Carlton Books due out on the same day (March 3rd) which is called 'The Complete Pink Floyd' (with the additional advice of it being 'The Ultimate Reference', elsewhere on the cover).
Becoming quite the prolific author, Glenn is of course the founder of the original Brain Damage magazine, which lead to this website in 1999. His books 'In The Flesh', revised as 'Echoes', have been truly essential reference works and this major revision to 'Echoes' promises to be the cornerstone to every Floydian book collection.
We're hoping to bring you a review of the book soon, but here's a taster of what to expect from the publishers: "The Complete Pink Floyd...lists every concert, every appearance, every song, every turn and twist in the amazing story of one of the world's most famous bands. Acknowledged expert Glenn Povey...has been allowed access to all of the band's Abbey Road recording notes (the only person to do so). This complete reboot of the original is illustrated with all-new material, including hundreds of photographs and rare memorabilia. Every solo concert has been updated for Waters and Gilmour, and details of the band's many re-released albums have been added, including never-before-published research into their earliest recordings from 1965. The original Echoes was a great book but this full upgrade is it essential reference for any serious Pink Floyd fan."
We've a feeling that 'The Complete Pink Floyd' will become an almost daily reference for us, and with Glenn's past record and credentials, we're sure it's going to be a popular book. You can place your orders for it now, for despatch on publication, and benefiting from Amazon's 'pre-order price guarantee' (automatically paying the lowest price they offer an item for, between the time you order it and release), through these direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Using
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PINK FLOYD: GIANTS OF ROCK - GLENN POVEY
3rd March 2016
Published on March 3rd by Carlton Books is 'Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock'. Written by Glenn Povey, it is an updated and expanded version of 'Treasures of Pink Floyd' which appeared in late 2012. Glenn was the creator of Brain Damage magazine (the forerunner to this website) and author of essential books such as In The Flesh and Echoes.
'Treasures...' told the band's history with words, pictures and facsimile memorabilia. The book recounted every decade of the band's existence and every album they recorded, contained profiles of all five members and discussed the significant influence they had on music and culture across the world. We saw 'Treasures...' as a great companion piece to 'Echoes', expanding on some of the more visual content that 'Echoes' has alongside the concert listings and other detail. It's also an ideal book for the Floyd novice, hungry for more information on the band and its music.
This celebration of the visual side of Pink Floyd - a band for whom the visual aspect has always been a vital element of their being - has been expanded and updated with 'Pink Floyd: Giants of Rock', which brings the story up to date. There's no pull-out memorabilia in this edition, but despite this small change, the new edition should prove a great addition to your Floydian bookshelf.
You can preorder the book now, through the following direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy.
PINK FLOYD: A LIVE SOUND HISTORY - MARK CUNNINGHAM
Exact publication date to be confirmed, but will be 2016
year, a new book will be published that should prove a fascinating
insight into the audio side of Pink Floyd's development. Written by
music industry expert Mark Cunningham, who used to run the magazine
Total Production International, Pink Floyd: A Live Sound History is due
at some point in 2014 but to whet your appetites, Mark has given us a
sneak preview of what's to come.
The book will tell the story of how Pink Floyd pioneered live sound and
how equipment manufacturers fought to keep up with the band's demands
for better, bigger and higher quality, in tandem with their equally
adventurous touring stage productions. It will feature rare images and
exclusive interviews conducted by me with key touring personnel and
industry figures including Robbie Williams, Phil Taylor, Mick
Kluczynski, Andy Jackson, James Guthrie, Buford Jones, Charlie Watkins
(WEM), Alan Parsons, Seth Goldman, Bryan Grant and more.
A large portion of the manuscript was actually proof-read by Roger Waters who made comments that have informed the content.
Solo tours up to and including The Wall Live will also feature, as a way
of highlighting the further progression of live sound influenced by the
At this stage, a firm date isn't available, nor are pre-orders being invited. As soon as more information is available, we will of course update you...
THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION - THEIR MORTAL REMAINS
*POSTPONED - DATE TO BE ADVISED* - was due to open in Milan, Italy, September 19th, 2014
Details have been announced for The Pink Floyd Exhibition - Their Mortal Remains, which opens in Italy on September 19th, 2014. With Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason all involved, along with Aubrey 'Po' Powell from
the Hipgnosis team, and the exhibition being designed by none other than Stufish, the world's most respected stage and entertainment designers, it all sounds rather wonderful. Without further ado, here's what the announcement has revealed.
Fran Tomasi, Pink Floyd's Italian promoter, has announced plans for The Pink Floyd Exhibition – Their Mortal Remains which will open in Milan's La Fabbrica Del Vapore on September 19th 2014. This vast and innovative exhibition will take the visitor on a surreal, multi-sensory journey
through Pink Floyd's extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music and art of Pink Floyd, from their debut album The Piper At The Gates of Dawn to the present. The Pink Floyd Exhibition is a major international retrospective of one of the world's most pioneering and influential bands and the active involvement and collaboration of the three band members in all planning aspects has been crucial to the execution of it. Tickets for the four week residency in Milan will be priced at 15
euros, and are on sale from Thursday, February 27th, via www.pinkfloydexhibition.com.
Po, who with his late partner Storm Thorgerson, designed many of the Floyd's revolutionary album art, is the exhibition's curator and creative director, Paula Stainton is the co-creative director. Powell has worked in close consultation with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason on the content of the exhibition, which will feature over 300 artefacts from the band's four decades. The Pink Floyd Exhibition - Their Mortal Remains is being designed by Stufish, the world's most
successful entertainment architects, and longtime stage designers for Pink Floyd. Stufish is the company founded by Mark Fisher who died in 2013.
Enveloping visitors in Pink Floyd's art and music, the trip will start with the psychedelia of the early years, moving through landscapes populated by the iconic images and sounds associated with the towering concept albums of the 1970's and beyond. The exhibition, housed in an old Milanese factory and covering 2,500 square metres, will show Pink Floyd's pioneering use of special effects, sonic experimentation and powerful imagery. It will explore the narrative arc of a band that began
in London's 'swinging sixties' and whose influence continues today. The visitor can expect an 'interstellar' experience, befitting a band that always defied artistic boundaries. The organisers state that more details about the exhibition contents will be announced over the coming
*UPDATE* the exhibition has been postponed, and as yet the revised opening date has not been revealed. Tickets already purchased will remain valid for new dates, or alternatively, refunds can be obtained from point of sale. More information as we get it.
Possibly in 2016:
- Roger Waters - NEW ALBUM - as Roger confirmed, this is currently being worked on and the demo is complete. No date of release yet though. Roger is also working on staging for an accompanying arena tour, which is currently looking to be starting next year (2017)
- Roger Waters - The Dark Side Of The Moon tour film
We have had confirmation from Roger's manager, Mark Fenwick, that Roger is still working on a film of TDSOTM live show, but until it is finished there will be no release scheduled. As soon as we have more details of what this release (will it be a cinema release, or in DVD and hopefully Bluray format?) will involve, we will let you know. It is encouraging though to get official word on this, which we know from the feedback we've had will be incredibly popular!
- Syd Barrett documentary
Work has been ongoing since 2011 on a documentary about the late Syd Barrett. In June 2013, StormStudios talked about the project in an email newsletter: "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."
- The Wall 1980/81 DVD release
One thing that has caused tidal waves of anticipation within the Floyd community is the growing talk that the original Pink Floyd Wall concerts from 1980/81 may well get a DVD release soon. Roger has been alluding to this in various interviews recently so the thought is gathering pace...
- The Wall on Broadway
Work is still ongoing on this, and in July 2014, Lee Hall who is working on the production's book with Roger, revealed that workshops would be taking place in the autumn/fall 2014.
- Official film about Pink Floyd
In an interview with Rhythm Magazine published at the end of August 2010, Nick talks about a film that is in the works about Pink Floyd that he has been working on...
- A Momentary Lapse Of Reason - new edition
In the works, it seems, is a new edition with at the very least a new drum track, according to an interview with Andy Jackson at SuperDeluxeEdition.com, noting that "We have started this process a while ago, doing new drums
with Nick". More on this, as we get it.
- Roger Waters - vinyl remasters
Doug Sax, mastering engineer for Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard
Wright and Pink Floyd since 1983, is interviewed at length in the 2011 edition of "The Absolute Sound" Guide to Vinyl Playback, and confirms that "I'm going to be doing the Roger Waters albums on
vinyl and they have extraordinary low end, requiring an astonishing
amount of vertical modulation. We use up the full depth available on a
lacquer master. You can't do anything like that on DMM. It's very thin;
you can't go deep. For that kind of thing it could be an absolute joke." As work is yet to start on them, it will be some time before there's any
release information, but sounds good that Sax is taking his customary
care to ensure these sound as good as they can.
As and when we hear anything else, we will update this page.