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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HIPGNOSIS PORTRAITS - book by Aubrey "Po" Powell
October 20th, 2014
Released on October 20th, 2014 in the UK and Europe (and November 11th in North America) is Hipgnosis Portraits, a new book from Aubrey "Po" Powell looking at the history of the legendary album artwork design team.
In just fifteen years, Hipgnosis (Storm Thorgerson, Po, and Peter
Christopherson) established themselves as the most important design
collective in music history. Their innovative cover art defines the
albums of the biggest names of the late 1960s, 70s and early 80s: AC/DC,
Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Pink
Floyd, T. Rex, Wings, Yes and XTC, to name just a few. Their iconic
designs (which include The Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin's Houses
of the Holy and The Who's Who's Next) grace a staggering number of major
releases. Their boundary-breaking conceptual approach earned them five
Grammy nominations for package design, and their influence today can be
seen in all creative fields from advertising to fashion.
This new book is divided into two main sections. Part I, Imagination,
tells the story behind the cover artwork from germination through to the
final sleeve design, supported by a wide array of previously unseen
archival materials and text from Aubrey Powell. Part II, Realization,
showcases the band portraits themselves, whether album covers or
otherwise, in beautiful, large-scale reproductions.
The book promises to be a real treat and showcases many rare pictures,
including different shots from Syd Barrett photo sessions, and the
creation of the picture-within-picture image for the cover of Pink
Floyd's Ummagumma album.
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PINK FLOYD - THE ENDLESS RIVER, CD, 2LP VINYL, CD+BLU-RAY DELUXE EDITION, CD+DVD DELUXE EDITION
November 10th, 2014 (with regional variations)
This afternoon, full details have now been revealed of the much anticipated The Endless River, Pink Floyd's new album
which now has a confirmed release date of November 10th, 2014 in the
UK/Europe, and November 11th in North America (plus some slight regional variations worldwide).
The album will be available in three different configurations:
- Standard CD: presented in a hard cover bound book package
with foil blocking on cloth spine, and a 16-page photo/credit booklet
including previously unseen photographs from 1993 sessions
- Vinyl: Heavyweight 180 gram vinyl 2LP, mastered by Doug Sax
at The Mastering Lab, Ojai, California, and presented in a gatefold
sleeve, with full colour inner bags, download card, and a full size, 11"
x 11" 16-page photo/credit booklet including previously unseen
photographs from 1993 sessions
- Deluxe 2-disc box: includes a 24-page photo/credit booklet
in hard cover, including previously unseen photographs from 1993
sessions; CD in full colour card wallet with full colour label; DVD
(NTSC) or Blu-Ray in full colour card wallet with full colour label; 3 x
Collectors' full colour postcards, one of which with 3D Lenticular
design. The DVD contains the album in 5.1 Surround (Dolby Digital and
DTS), plus stereo version in 48kHz /24 bit. The Blu-Ray contains the
album in high resolution 5.1 Surround (DTS Master Audio and PCM, 96/24),
plus PCM stereo 96/24. The 2-disc box (DVD or Blu-ray) includes extra non-album audio-visual
material (approx. 39 minutes): 6 video tracks and 3 audio tracks,
unavailable elsewhere. It includes archive video material and still
photographs shot at the original 1993 recording sessions
The album has been produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth, and
Andy Jackson, and consists of 18 tracks.
This is bound to be a popular release, and early pre-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
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For those who prefer their music digitally, you can now order the deluxe edition of Pink Floyd's The Endless River through iTunes.
More information on this release, including reviews of the various
products, will be with you as soon as we are able to provide it. It
looks a very interesting proposition indeed!
MIND OVER MATTER: THE IMAGES OF PINK FLOYD (fifth edition) - STORM THORGERSON
January 30th, 2015
In 2007, the fourth edition of Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon's Mind Over Matter, the book celebrating the iconic imagery of Pink Floyd, was published.
Eight years later, on January 30th, the revised fifth edition is
published, incorporating an additional 32 pages of material used in
re-issues created since 2007. Before his sad passing in 2013, Storm
revisited the work he created for the albums and offered insights into
the work that went into the creation of this legendary album art.
Designers who worked with Storm have also contributed to this new
edition of Mind Over Matter. Amongst the new material is artwork from
the Oh By The Way box set, the rather wonderful Atom Heart Mother 40th
Anniversary 'Wire Cow' sculpture, the Why Pink Floyd? Campaign and the
Dark Side Of The Moon 40th Anniversary images and stickers.
For those who haven't seen previous editions, the book features the
images from Pink Floyd's album sleeves and promotional material designed
for the group. It features almost all Pink Floyd's iconic album covers,
posters, singles bags, a selection of band photos, booklet pages and
rough artwork that developed into iconic designs. Thoroughly
recommended, of course!
You can place your pre-orders for the book now, automatically qualifying
for Amazon's pre-order price guarantee so you pay (on publication) the
lowest price they've advertised it for, since the time you ordered it.
Please use these direct links:
Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.
PINK FLOYD: A LIVE SOUND HISTORY
Exact publication date to be confirmed, but will be 2015
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.
Roger Waters - AMUSED TO DEATH - SACD and vinyl edition
2015 (date to be confirmed; subject to further change, date has moved more than once)
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 a while, they went for a new provisional release date of September 23rd, 2014, but this date now looks unlikely, and it is also feeling unlikely for the rest of 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.
Possibly in 2014/2015:
- 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, no dates for release, nor any tour/concert dates (despite various rumours, particularly coming from central and southern Europe).
- 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 November 2014. More details as we get them. For a preview of this, the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014 is screening it five times to audiences there.
- 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."
- Taken By Storm - Storm Thorgerson documentary
This is a look at Storm Thorgerson - his work, his methodology, and his thoughts on it all. Completed before his sad passing, the documentary has had some airings at special events, and the creator, Roddy Bogawa, is currently working on a proper physical (and also digital) release of this fascinating film.
- 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.