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.
MIND OVER MATTER: THE IMAGES OF PINK FLOYD (fifth edition) - STORM THORGERSON
OUT NOW - published 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 orders for the book now. Please use these direct links:
Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.
Pink Floyd et al - LIVE AT KNEBWORTH SD Blu-ray
OUT NOW - released March 16th, 2015
Marking the 25th anniversary of the show, Eagle Rock Entertainment are releasing the Live at Knebworth concert film on SD Blu-ray
on March 16th, 2015. Their SD Blu-ray range presents upscaled standard
definition original material with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD Master
Audio surround sound for the best possible quality, so should show the
recording off the best it has ever been.
As background, for our younger readers, on June 30th 1990 in the grounds
of Knebworth House, in Hertfordshire, England, a concert was staged to
raise funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and the Brit School For
Performing Arts. It has since been heralded as one of the best British
rock concerts of all time. The incredible line-up was drawn entirely
from acts who had been recipients of the prestigious Silver Clef Award
presented annually by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy for outstanding
services to the British Music Industry: Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton,
Pink Floyd, Robert Plant (with guest, Jimmy Page), Elton John, Phil
Collins, Genesis, Dire Straits, Tears For Fears, Cliff Richard and The
Shadows, and Status Quo.
All the artists gave their time and performances for free in order to
support the charity and this SD Blu-ray edition will continue to raise
funds so that they can continue their invaluable work.
The Blu-ray, which has no region coding, so playable on equipment across
the world, has a running time of around 180 minutes, and comes with
DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM Stereo soundtracks. The tracklisting is as
TEARS FOR FEARS: 1) Change 2) Badman's Song 3) Everybody Wants To Rule
The World / CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS: 4) On The Beach 5) Good
Golly Miss Molly 6) We Don't Talk Anymore / PHIL COLLINS & THE
SERIOUS BAND: 7) In The Air Tonight 8) Sussudio / PAUL MCCARTNEY: 9)
Coming Up 10) Birthday 11) Hey Jude 12) Can't Buy Me Love / STATUS QUO:
13) Whatever You Want 14) Rockin' All Over The World 15) Dirty Water 16)
In The Army Now / ERIC CLAPTON: 17) Before You Accuse Me 18) Tearin' Us
Apart / DIRE STRAITS: 19) Solid Rock 20) Think I Love You Too Much 21)
Money For Nothing / ELTON JOHN: 22) Sacrifice 23) Sad Songs (Say So
Much) / ROBERT PLANT: 24) Hurting Kind 25) Tall Cool One 26) Wearing And
Tearing (with Jimmy Page) 27) Rock And Roll (with Jimmy Page) /
GENESIS: 28) Mama 29) Throwing It All Away 30) Turn It On Again Medley:
Turn It On Again / Somebody To Love / Reach Out, I'll Be There / Pinball
Wizard / In The Midnight Hour / Turn It On Again (reprise) / PINK
FLOYD: 31) Shine On You Crazy Diamond 32) Run Like Hell
As our review attests, this is a worthy purchase, and arguably a worthy upgrade for those who don't already own this in an earlier edition. You can place your orders for the Blu-ray through these direct links:
Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy.
As a reminder, the disc does not have any region coding, so players
across the world should be fine with this. All branches of Amazon above
will ship discs worldwide, so if not in one of these countries, you can
still order it if you wish.
STAGECO: 30 YEARS - FROM WERCHTER TO THE WORLD book - Geert Vandenbon
OUT NOW - published April 1st, 2015
Published on April 1st, 2015, is a fascinating look new book, available directly from the publishers (www.pinguinproductions.be) or from the subject of the book - the wizards of design, Stageco.com. The large format, hardback book “Stageco: 30 Years - From Werchter To The World” has author Geert Vandenbon recounting the story of Stageco.
The highly-respected company's odyssey began with the early search for an outdoor stage during Rock Werchter’s early years, taking in their first assignments abroad with Genesis and Pink Floyd, the blooming of the touring business in the ‘90s and the changing world of rock’n’roll in the 21st century, arriving at the mega structures they build today for spectacles, tours and everything else.
Geert started writing the book five years ago. The end result looks incredible (as our exclusive sneak peeks to the left hint at) and we cannot wait to get our hands on a copy of this publication, which boasts some 336 pages of detailed text illustrated by around 500 photographs. The book is issued in Dutch and English editions.
Naturally, there is planty of coverage of their work with Pink Floyd and Roger Waters, working in conjunction with the likes of architect Mark Fisher on stunning designs and technical challenges met head on and with aplomb. Our sneak peeks give some good examples of the exclusive images within the book’s pages.
The book is only available from the publishers, www.pinguinproductions.be or from Stageco.com, priced at 39.50 euros including postage within Belgium, or 49.50 euros including postage to countries in Europe and North America.
SYD BARRETT/REM - Dark Globe - 2015 RECORD STORE DAY
LIMITED EDITION 7" COLOURED VINYL EXCLUSIVE
OUT NOW - April 18th, 2015
The 2015 Record Store Day releases have been announced, and amongst the limited run pressings, available for one day only (April 18th, 2015) through independent record stores, is a single featuring Syd Barrett.
Pressed up on a 7" gold, white, red and black mixed vinyl single as a Rhino Records RSD exclusive is Dark Globe - on one side performed by Syd, on the other, REM's excellent cover version. It is part of Rhino's Side By Side 7" series, with two artists performing the same song.
There are two different tranches of releases - those in the US, and those in the UK. This Syd/REM single is being released as part of the US releases, AND also in the UK.
As with all Record Store Day releases, it will not be available online (other than inevitably on eBay from the morning of April 18th) but while stocks last in participating independent record stores. Be prepared to get to your local store prior to opening, and be ready to queue!
There are a lot of independent stores that participate in Record Store Day. Not all of them will choose to participate in all promotions, or carry all releases. Just because a store is listed on the RSD website does NOT mean it will have the goodie or record you're looking for. That said, find a store near you and check with them directly. They won't hold an item aside for you, but at least you'll know if it will be worth the trip! Some will also still have stock after Record Store Day, so worth checking with your local stores...
Roger Waters - AMUSED TO DEATH - SACD, BLU-RAY, CD and vinyl editions
July 24th 2015
Now announced are the long awaited and highly anticipated 2015
editions of Roger Waters' 1992 album, Amused To Death, which come in a
variety of editions, all boasting new artwork and packaging.
Released on July 24th, 2015, the various iterations of the album are
sure to be popular. Since news broke about James Guthrie's work on the
album, demand to hear the surround version of ATD has been extremely
high - with just one public airing at the Princeston university
conference covered elsewhere on our site.
The 2015 editions of Amused to Death will be available on:
- CD / Blu-ray
- Hi-res digital download
- 2LP 200 gram vinyl (pressed at Quality Record Pressings)
- Limited edition, numbered 2LP picture disc vinyl
- Standard 2LP vinyl
The CD + Blu-ray edition, and the SACD edition, of Amused To Death both
features the new 5.1 surround remix of the album in high definition. The
artwork and packaging has been updated for 2015 by Sean Evans, the
creative director of Waters' 2010-2013 The Wall Live tour and movie
(which is yet to have a commercial release, despite its Canadian
screenings). The standard CD edition, as well as the vinyl editions,
feature the newly remastered stereo mix of the album.
These are bound to be popular releases, and Amazon are now accepting pre-orders through the following direct links:
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David Gilmour - RATTLE THAT LOCK - CD & Blu-ray deluxe set, CD & DVD deluxe set, CD, and vinyl editions
September 18th 2015
Now announced, the release of David Gilmour's upcoming album, Rattle That Lock, due on Friday, September 18th, 2015, which should prove extremely popular. Pre-order links for the various physical versions of the album are now available.
To recap, there are the following editions:
- CD: Hard cover bound book package with gold foil blocking on spine,
22-page photo/lyric booklet including album session photographs.
- VINYL LP IN GATEFOLD SLEEVE: Heavyweight vinyl, mastered by James Guthrie and Joel Plante at das
boot. Comes in gatefold sleeve, with photo inner bags, download card, and a full sized 16-page photo/lyric booklet.
- DELUXE CD & DVD PACKAGE: Two-disc box set including CD, and a DVD with a bonus 10 audio-visual
items, 4 audio tracks, the album in 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS surround
sound, plus a stereo version in 48kHz/24 bit. The AV clips include four
"Barn Jam" clips including Richard Wright's last recorded/filmed
performance, as well as four documentaries and two promo films. There's
also a 32 page hardback lyric/photo book, a copy of Milton's Paradise
Lost Book 2, and memorabilia including a poster, postcard and plectrum (package shown to the right).
- DELUXE CD & BLU-RAY PACKAGE: Two-disc box set including CD, and
a Blu-ray with a bonus 10
audio-visual items, 4 audio tracks, the album in 5.1 DTS Master Audio
surround sound and PCM, plus a stereo version in 96kHz/24 bit, the rest
of the contents as above in the CD & DVD package (package shown to
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:
For those who prefer their music digitally, you can now order the standard edition of Rattle That Lock through iTunes. If you prefer, you can instead order the deluxe version of Rattle That Lock, again through iTunes. Alternatively, if Amazon Music downloads are more your thing, follow the Amazon links above for the available downloads there.
THE COMPLETE PINK FLOYD - GLENN POVEY
October 8th 2015
Prepare a space on your bookshelves: The Complete Pink Floyd
is coming on October 8th 2015. Many of you will know the superb book,
Echoes. Written by the creator and founder of Brain Damage Magazine (the
forerunner of this website) Glenn Povey, it has, since its publication
in 2006, been a truly essential guide to the life and times of Pink
Floyd, listing (at the time) every known concert, every appearance,
every song, every turn and twist in the amazing story of one of the
world's most famous bands.
Since then, Glenn has been tirelessly carrying on his research,
uncovering concerts and appearances which had previously been lost in
the mists of time. He has also had the great privilege of being allowed
access to all of the band's Abbey Road recording notes (the only person
to do so).
This complete reboot of Echoes, under the new title The Complete Pink
Floyd, 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 upgrade should be utterly essential to any serious Pink
You can pre-order the book now through these direct links:
Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Don't forget, these will all qualify for their pre-order price
guarantee, ensuring you pay (automatically) the lowest price they have
the item on offer for between your order, and the release date. Using
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PINK FLOYD: A LIVE SOUND HISTORY - MARK CUNNINGHAM
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.
Possibly in 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.
- Roger Waters - The Wall Live tour film DVD/Blu-ray
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. In the meantime, screenings are being held worldwide in selected cinemas on September 29th, 2015
- 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.