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Pink Floyd: The Black Strat - revised 4th edition book now available Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 25 July 2019

Many of you will be aware of "The Black Strat: A History Of David Gilmour's Black Fender Stratocaster", the superb book written by Phil Taylor, David's long-term guitar technician, studio manager, production director and much more. It takes a careful and detailed look at one of rock's most iconic instruments, very ably written by the only man to know Pink Floyd's equipment better than the band. Rather than a dry, technical manual, suited only to those who already know guitars inside and out, it is a rewarding and accessible book that Pink Floyd fans the world over will thoroughly enjoy, packed with truly rare pictures that you won't have seen before.

Unfortunately, it has been unavailable for a while - unless, of course, you spent some serious money on a copy on the second hand market, where they are on sale for some interesting (and eye watering) amounts.

So, we have great news for you! The fully revised fourth edition is now available to order exclusively from Amazon UK. A few copies appeared in the gift shop of the V&A museum when the Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains was on there, but this handful of books quickly went. The news that it is available again will be music to many ears, as it really is a great book fully deserving of a space on your Floydian bookshelf!

Now expanded to 256 pages, the fourth edition brings the story pretty much up to date, including the brace of incredible Pompeii concerts performed by David, and the V&A staging of the Floyd exhibition. The only thing missing is its sale at the recent auction at Christie's New York, in aid of ClientEarth, the environmental charity, when the guitar passed into new hands, hopefully to create more music in the future.

The book contains plenty of new information as well as many more unpublished photographs, recently come to light, that further chart the Black Strat's illustrious history. Amending and elaborating on the previous editions, it is an incredible labour of love to document every aspect of this instrument, yet never get too technical for the more casual enthusiast, or Floyd fan who doesn't play guitar.

You can order the book now through this direct link to Amazon UK, where it is exclusively available. They will ship books worldwide so if outside Purchasing things after entering Amazon through our links really helps with site running costs, and we really appreciate it!

 
June 2019 issue of Italian/English Floyd fanzine Heyou now available Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 25 July 2019
Heyou Pink Floyd fanzine issue 33

Now available is the latest issue (number 33 - cover date June 2019) of the Pink Floyd fanzine "Heyou" run by our friends over at the Italian website of the same name. The 52-page dual language magazine (in Italian and English), which is published every six months or so, catches up with things in the Floyd world.

The magazine has four major focuses: the 30th anniversaries of Roger Waters Live In Berlin, and Pink Floyd Live In Venice; the 40th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd The Wall; and David Gilmour's guitar auction.

The Berlin piece begins with an article setting the scene, giving the background to the wall which bisected the German city, before leading to a couple of attendee's reports on their journeys to, and watching, the show. The article includes some of the newspaper pieces about the show, ticket stubs, and so on.

The Venice piece is briefer, but includes some interesting pictures. The Floydseum Cultural Association staged an exhibition about the event, and there's a small bit of coverage about that. There's a couple of extended reviews of The Wall album, before the magazine gets to the final third of its pages focused on the recent Christies guitar auction

Normally in Heyou, there's a chronological look at things that have happened in the last few months in the news pages, ranging from various magazines published with Floyd content, to re-issues, books published, and more. This time around, there's no news wrap-up - presumably they ran out of space to include it! Having said that, the major news in the last few months has been the guitar auction, and the 2019 Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets tour, both of which are covered elsewhere in the magazine.

More details of the Heyou fanzine can be found at www.heyou.it/fsubscrbd.html, where you can get individual copies, and subscription enquiries (four issues costing 35 euros within Europe, and 45 euros outside Europe) should go to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - make sure you mention Brain Damage when you write!

 
David Gilmour guesting at Richard Thompson 70th birthday gig in London Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Richard Thompson - 70th birthday celebration concert, Royal Albert Hall, 30 September 2019

Earlier this year, a 70th birthday celebration show was announced for Richard Thompson, taking place on September 30th at London's Royal Albert Hall. At the time of announcement, special guests were promised, but these weren't revealed - until now.

Joining Richard and his band will be the following, listed in alphabetical order (by first name): Alistair Anderson, Ashley Hutchings, Bob Mould, Christine Collister, Danny Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg, David Gilmour, Derek Smalls, Eliza Carthy, Hugh Cornwell, Jack Thompson, James Walbourne, Judith Owen, Kami Thompson, Kate Rusby, Linda Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Maddy Prior, Marc Ellington, Martin Carthy, Olivia Chaney, Simon Nicol, Teddy Thompson and Zara Phillips.

Quite a line-up, and David Gilmour's inclusion is arguably a first public step to show that - exactly as he said - the sale of a large chunk of his guitars recently in aid of charity, was no sign of retirement. Should be reassuring for those who thought he'd never perform again, following the sale of so many instruments! Naturally there is no indication what he will be performing, or for how long.

Tickets are currently showing as sold out, but it is entirely possible that a few could become available closer to the event, so if you are interesting in going, it's worth checking regularly at RoyalAlbertHall.com/tickets.

 
Roger Waters Us + Them - cinema screening tickets now on sale Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Roger Waters - Us + Them concert film posterFurther to last Wednesday's news story, tickets are now available to buy for Roger's highly anticipated new movie, with the full title of "Roger Waters Us + Them, a film by Sean Evans and Roger Waters". It will be shown in a participating cinema (hopefully) near you on or around October 2nd - 6th. Dates vary depending on location.

To find participating screens near you, and to purchase, visit RogerWatersUsAndThem.com.

Us + Them is said to feature state-of- the-art visual production and breath-taking sound in this unmissable cinema event. Anyone who saw The Wall cinema screenings will know how well that was presented, so expected similar quality this time around too. From the look of the teaser trailer, below, it should be a great experience on the big screen!

Filmed in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017 – 2018 Us + Them tour which saw Roger and his band perform to over two million people worldwide, the film features songs from legendary Pink Floyd albums (The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here) and from his last album, Is This The Life We Really Want?

Waters collaborates once more with Sean Evans, visionary director of the highly acclaimed movie, Roger Waters The Wall, to deliver "this creatively pioneering film that inspires with its powerful music and message of human rights, liberty and love".

We've had a lot of emails asking what happens after the screenings with the footage - as yet there are no details of a home release on DVD/Blu-ray of this concert film, but rest assured we will let you know as soon as the details are available. We cannot believe it will be long before there's an announcement of what's being released.

Now, here's that teaser trailer for what looks like an unmissable film: 

 
Roger Waters' Us + Them film hits cinemas October; tickets on sale next week Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Roger Waters - Us + Them concert film poster

Roger's highly anticipated new movie, with the full title of "Roger Waters Us + Them, a film by Sean Evans and Roger Waters" has had its cinema screening dates now confirmed. It will be shown in a participating cinema (hopefully) near you on October 2nd and 6th ONLY. Tickets for the screenings go on sale July 17th, when details of cinemas that will be screening it will be revealed, through RogerWatersUsAndThem.com.

Us + Them is said to feature state-of- the-art visual production and breath-taking sound in this unmissable cinema event. Anyone who saw The Wall cinema screenings will know how well that was presented, so expected similar quality this time around too!

Filmed in Amsterdam on the European leg of his 2017 – 2018 Us + Them tour which saw Roger and his band perform to over two million people worldwide, the film features songs from legendary Pink Floyd albums (The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here) and from his last album, Is This The Life We Really Want?

Waters collaborates once more with Sean Evans, visionary director of the highly acclaimed movie, Roger Waters The Wall, to deliver "this creatively pioneering film that inspires with its powerful music and message of human rights, liberty and love".

As yet there are no details of a home release on DVD/Blu-ray of this concert film, but rest assured we will let you know as soon as the details are available.

 
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