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!
For concert appearances, check out our Gig Calendar.
OFFICIAL 2014 PINK FLOYD CALENDAR
Out now - published July 15th, 2013
Orders are now being taken for the recently revealed Official 2014 Pink Floyd Calendar,
which is due for publication on July 15th, 2013. An annual favourite
amongst fans, the calendar - designed as ever by the good people at
StormStudios, and published by the appropriately named Pyramid -
celebrates the band over the course of the year, and is often then
squirrelled away as a collectable for the years to come!
This year's calendar looks at their entire catalogue, with the cover
showing a mosaic of different cover images, with the ever-watchful eye
of the Division Bell heads gazing out. As you'll see from the thumbnail
of the rear of the calendar, each month tackles a different aspect of
the band's history, and each month runs over two 12-inch pages - much
akin to a gatefold vinyl album being open to view.
If you want to place your order now, you can do so through these direct links:
Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy. Order information for Amazon.com and Amazon.ca should be with us soon.
THE FLAMING COW: The Making of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother - Ron Geesin (book)
Out now - published July 17th, 2013
Last year, we brought you the news that Ron Geesin's 'The Flaming Cow: The Making of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother'
was due for publication at some point this year. More details have now
been revealed of the book, along with a very striking cover - see right.
With a street date of July 17th, 2013, 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 Alongside unpublished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 rose again, firstly in France, then in
London in 2008. After 40 years Atom Heart Mother remains a much-loved
record, and The Flaming Cow explores its new-found cult status that has
led to it being studied for the French Baccalaureat.
The book 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, which means if they price
match any other retailer between now and release, or indeed drop the
price further, you automatically pay the lowest price.
ROGER WATERS: THE MAN BEHIND THE WALL - Dave Thompson (book)
Out now - published September 17th, 2013
Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall is a new book by music writer Dave Thompson, coming from the respected Hal Leonard publishers through their Backbeat Books imprint.
To be published on September 17th, 2013, the book is described as "the
first full biography of the author of The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish
You Were Here, and, of course, The Wall. It traces his life from
war-torn suburbia to the multitude of wars he has fought since then –
with his bandmates, with his audience, and most of all with himself.
Packed with insight and exclusive interviews with friends and
associates, Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall dismantles the wall
brick by brick, revealing the man who built it in all his glory."
We'll bring you a review of this publication as soon as copies are
available, but in the meantime, the 288-page book is available for
pre-order. You can take advantage of Amazon's "pre-order price
guarantee", automatically paying the lowest price they offer the book at
between now and day of publication, by ordering through the following
direct links, saving up to 36% off the recommended price at time of
writing: Amazon UK, Amazon.com (US etc.), Amazon.ca, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.
PINK FLOYD: BEHIND THE WALL (book) by Hugh Fielder
Out now - published October 2nd, 2013
October 2nd, 2013, another book - 'Pink Floyd: Behind The Wall' - joins
the shelves of publications looking at the history of the band. The
publishers promise "the first complete illustrated history of Pink Floyd
from 1965 through today" in this book by noted author and music
journalist, Hugh Fielder.
There are of course a number of books along these lines, but hopefully
this book will bring the story right up to date with Roger's 2013 tour
included. 'Pink Floyd: Behind The Wall' is said to recount "the band's
entire history, analyzes their recordings, and provides a complete
discography. Readers will discover stories behind the band’s formation,
recordings, and tours, as well as the bitter disputes, both public and
private. Complemented with more than 250 images, including live
performance and candid off-stage photographs, as well as rare
memorabilia like gig posters, concert tees, picture sleeves, backstage
passes, buttons, and ticket stubs."
We're hoping to bring you a review of this book closer to the date of
publication, but in the meantime, if you wish to add this to your
collection anyway, you can save up to 22% on the normal selling price
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, which means if they price
match any other retailer between now and release, or indeed drop the
price further, you automatically pay the lowest price.
THE BODY DVD
Out now - released October 7th, 2013
After many years, the Roger Waters and Ron Geesin soundtracked documentary The Body is finally arriving as an official DVD release. It is released, in the UK only at present, on October 7th, 2013.
Made in 1970, this remarkable study of the human body is neither
scientific nor medical; it is, rather, a deeply intimate feature-length
film exploring the physical experience of being human. Narrated by
Vanessa Redgrave and Frank Finlay with a commentary by poet and
playwright Adrian Mitchell, The Body traces the human life-cycle from
conception to death. Photographic techniques never seen by cinema
audiences at the time of release – including the use of internal cameras
– allow an unprecedented insight into the body’s functions; these
visuals are beautifully complemented by a soundtrack by Pink Floyd’s
Roger Waters and pioneering composer Ron Geesin, incorporating the
latter’s experiments in biomusic – in this case, sounds created by the
human body itself.
The film - and the associated album release - features much music that
will be of interest to Floyd fans, and has long been an overlooked gem.
There's also an uncredited, full-band track included on the soundtrack
and unavailable elsewhere. The Body is presented here uncut, in a
brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited
theatrical aspect ratio. You can order the PAL DVD direct from this direct link at Amazon UK.
PINK FLOYD L'HISTOIRE SELON NICK MASON - French language book
Out now - published October 16th, 2013
Pink Floyd, l'histoire selon Nick Mason, the French
language version of Nick's excellent "Inside Out: A Personal History of
Pink Floyd", is being released on October 16th, 2013 in a special new
With a redesigned (albeit much plainer) cover, the major aspect of this
which intrigues us is that this new edition, from EPA, includes three
40cm x 60cm concert poster reproductions with the book. No details are
currently forthcoming as to what these posters are, but this additional
incentive will surely prove an incentive to those who are yet to buy
The book, originally published in October 2004, was a big hit with fans
and critics alike for the candid - and in places, incredibly amusing -
text looking at the rise of the band. It had a revision in October 2005,
to include Live8, and in July 2011, a further revision was made
bringing the book further up to date. Our review of that edition can be
Pre-orders for this new French edition can be made now through this direct link at Amazon France
which gives a 5% saving over the normal selling price of this book. Our
thanks to Frédéric "Ddondestan" Barrès for letting us know about this
THE GATHERING STORM - THE ALBUM ART OF STORM THORGERSON (book)
Out now - published October 22nd 2013
Coming in October 2013 is The Gathering Storm - The Album Art of Storm Thorgerson,
a new hardback book which collects together a range of album graphics
by the late and much missed Storm and his colleagues at Hipgnosis and
StormStudios, all of whom worked on the incredible images crafted and
enjoyed by music fans of a multitude of bands, across the world.
The book, which Storm was able to see (and approve) shortly before his
passing, is - like the previous book, A Raging Storm - published by
StormStudios and de Milo, and printed in Italy on high quality paper in
full colour over its 256 pages. There's also a limited edition Wibalin
"Berry" (mauve) hardback with a custom designed cover incorporating
Storm's logo in Luxor block foil.
With artwork created for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Peter Gabriel,
Wombats, 10cc, Audioslave, Black Sabbath, Biffy Clyro, Genesis, Rainbow,
Steve Miller, Pendulum and The Mars Volta amongst others, a wide
cross-section of people will no doubt thoroughly enjoy it.
In the meantime, orders are being taken through the official TGS website for despatch worldwide.
DARKSIDE - deluxe 2CD package
November 25th, 2013
drama written by Sir Tom Stoppard for BBC Radio 2, which incorporated
music from Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, is released worldwide
as a deluxe CD package on November 25th 2013. As many of you will
recall, the play was an original commission by Radio 2 to mark the 40th
anniversary of Pink Floyd's album, and broadcast on August 26th this
Produced in collaboration with Sir Tom Stoppard’s publishers Faber and
Faber, the luxury package resembles a hard-backed book, and includes a
CD carrying the 54-minute play, which incorporates the majority of the
Dark Side of the Moon album, plus a 56-page bound insert of the play's
script. The cover features artwork by Hipgnosis designer Aubrey 'Po'
Powell in collaboration with StormStudios, based on the
specially-created Aardman Animations piece used to publicise the
broadcast. The full play script includes all the dialogue and stage
directions, plus Roger Waters' original lyrics from the album. The
release also features a bonus disc with text translations in German,
French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin and
David Gilmour said of Darkside: "I found the script of Tom's play
fascinating; I can't think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side of
The Moon's 40 year anniversary." Nick Mason added: "I love it. If
anyone is going to mess with the crown jewel of albums, Tom is a very
We will have full ordering details for this release hopefully later today, and will update this news item accordingly. You can pre-order through Amazon UK using this direct link, and through this direct link to Amazon.com; other Amazon store links will be here shortly.
ZABRISKIE POINT soundtrack - Record Store Day limited 2LP set
November 29th, 2013
In the US and Canada, a second Record Store Day
is being celebrated this year, taking place on "Black Friday", November
29th, with a further Pink Floyd vinyl rarity on offer, to go alongside
the See Emily Play pink vinyl single released in limited quantities
earlier this year during the same promotion.
Many of you will recall that in April, 2010, Sony issued a special 2CD
edition of the Zabriskie Point movie soundtrack (a reprint of a 1997
Rhino release that proved very hard to find), which included not just
the three Pink Floyd tracks that were on the original vinyl release
("Heartbeat, Pigmeat", "Crumbling Land" and "Come In Number 51, Your
Time Is Up"), but augmented it with a further four tracks, outtakes from
the recording sessions. These were "Country Song", "Unknown Song",
"Love Scene version 6",
and "Love Scene version 4". Certainly worth hearing these additional
tracks, which give a flavour of the material recorded during the whole
This expanded edition is being made available as a 2LP expanded edition
for our North American friends in limited numbers on November 29th,
purely from participating stores. For those unfamiliar with Record Store
Day, it is to encourage people to head to physical outlets for limited
edition singles, albums and CDs, offering releases that are unavailable
elsewhere. For the full list of participating stores, click here.
Having experienced RSD earlier this year, our recommendation is to head
for your chosen store(s) very early in the day, and be prepared to
stand in line.
For those unable to make it along to a store on the day to try for a
copy of this, most if not all RSD releases very quickly arrive on eBay. You can also still get the 2CD set through Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon Germany, or Amazon France.
WHITE OF THE EYE - DVD/Blu-ray
March 24th, 2014
Coming on March 24th, 2014, is White of the Eye, on Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray.
Described by the distinguished critic David Thomson as "one of the
great secret works in cinema", White of the Eye is one of the most
bizarre and unforgettable thrillers ever made.
Of principal interest to Pink Floyd fans is the soundtrack of this film
from 1987, which was created by Nick Mason and Rick Fenn. This duo, of
course, also recorded the album Profiles, which came out in 1985.
Officially, the soundtrack consists of 26 pieces of music, and the film
itself has long been unavailable. This new release will prove popular as
it has become a cult classic.
The story is as follows. A serial killer is on the loose in and around
the small community of Globe, Arizona, and housewife Joan White (Cathy
Moriarty) gradually comes to suspect that her opera-loving hi-fi
engineer husband Paul (David Keith) might know more than he's letting
So far so familiar, but in the hands of British visionary Donald Cammell
(who wrote and co-directed Performance with Nicolas Roeg), the film
becomes a dazzling kaleidoscope of images and ideas, spanning everything
from Apache folklore, desert landscapes and stylish murder set-pieces
that recall Dario Argento to a painfully vivid dissection of the
emotional fissures undermining a modern marriage. It's all set to an
equally eclectic score co-written by Mason and Fenn.
The 18 certificate release comes on 2 discs. The DVD is PAL encoded, but
the Blu-ray of course isn't encoded to NTSC or PAL. It might be region
locked though, and at this stage we cannot say for any certainty whether
it will or not. Our thanks to Kees Nijpels for his help with this
information. At present, the DVD/Blu-ray set can be pre-ordered through this direct link at Amazon UK.
Roger Waters - AMUSED TO DEATH - SACD and vinyl edition
April 22nd, 2014 (subject to change)
Analogue Productions, who were responsible for the superb SACD of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, will be issuing a double LP and SACD of Roger Waters' 1992 epic Amused to Death, first released on vinyl in 1992 in a very limited double LP edition.
Analogue Productions have sent out a mailer about it, but have also been in touch with us. They told us that "it will be done in the highest quality possible with a team of Doug Sax and James Guthrie and using the original analog master tapes with vinyl pressed at Quality Record Pressings". One of the things uppermost in most minds is when we might see the releases. "We do not have an exact release date. At this point, six to 12 months from now is a good guess, though we're hoping it will be closer to six months". For the time being, they have gone for a new provisional release date of April 22nd, 2014.
The mailer notes that the double LP will be on 200-gram vinyl, and that the SACD will be a stereo hybrid (so, will play on non-SACD capable standard CD players). The Q Sound virtual surround sound will be preserved in its 3D glory for these new editions of what we consider one of Roger's best works. As soon as we have more information on this eagerly anticipated release we will let you know.
PINK FLOYD: A LIVE SOUND HISTORY
Exact publication date to be confirmed, but will be 2014
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...
Possibly in 2014:
- Roger Waters - NEW ALBUM - as Roger confirmed, this is currently being worked on and the demo is complete. No date of release yet though.
- David Gilmour - NEW ALBUM - various people have been talking about working on this, not least David Crosby & Graham Nash in recent interviews. Nothing official yet though.
- Roger Waters - The Wall Live tour film
With footage shot in July 2011 in Athens, Greece, and more recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina this year, Roger and his team are hard at work preparing a DVD and Blu-ray of this stunning show. As yet, no details are forthcoming on what will be included on the disc(s) and also no indication has been given as to a release date. We would think though that it might be around March/April. More details as we get them.
- 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...
- 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.