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Two-part Mojo Magazine Pink Floyd special - part one out now Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 17 February 2019

MOJO Magazine Pink Floyd specials - issue 1 and 2The first part - known as Edition 1 - of MOJO magazine's two-part Pink Floyd special collectors' edition is on sale now in UK stores. Housed in a gatefold card sleeve, with a mirrored prism on the front, and Atom Heart Mother's Lulubelle III pictured on the inside when opened up, the magazine covers the early period in the band's history: 1965-1973.

The editor, Mark Blake (he of the excellent Pigs Might Fly biography of the band) has put together the pair of 132 page magazines in part to tie in with the upcoming tour of Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets that begins on March 12th in Vancouver. The publications pull together interviews and articles printed over the many years of MOJO magazine, and accompany them with many rare and previously unseen images of the band, to help trace the journey from the band's first steps, through to The Dark Side Of The Moon.

There were certainly a healthy number of pictures which I'd not seen before, and refreshingly for a special publication such as this, there is no advertising within its pages to artificially inflate the page count. Both parts should be worthwhile purchases for Floyd fans, providing plenty to read, and lots of visual entertainment too.

The second part, also known as Edition 2, will be available in UK stores from April 4th, and covers the period of 1974 to the present day. As you'll see from the image here, the cover of the second part has the band lurking behind a hole in the Wall...

Edition 1 is in UK stores now, and will be available in selected locations worldwide as an import, in due course. Alternatively, you can buy it online (again, worldwide) through these links at the publishers:

 
Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets adds further shows in Europe, July 2019 Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Friday, 08 February 2019

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2019 tourSome hopefully excellent news for our friends in Europe - Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets have added another 8 shows to their summer tour this year, including five concerts in Italy, plus Malta, France, and The Netherlands. These are in addition to the other European shows, already announced, in Germany, Switzerland and France.

Tickets for these new shows go on sale on Monday, February 11th, at 10am CET, with the exception of the Lyon concert which is March 15th, at 3pm CET, and the addition of these dates means the July 2019 schedule now looks like this:

Some great venues there - historic, picturesque, and should be very memorable shows!

As normal, we have been busy setting up a dedicated page for each of these three concerts which, with your assistance, will have all sorts of useful information, pictures, reviews and more. The pages can be found in the Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets 2019 Tour Zone.

 
Pink Floyd singles rarities - details sought for second edition of book Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019
Pink Floyd on Forty-Five book (1st edition)

Just over 10 years ago, at the end of 2008, Charles Beterams published the excellent book "Pink Floyd On Forty-Five" which detailed all the then-known Pink Floyd 7inch singles in the world.

Enlisting the help of other major PF singles collectors, such as BD's friend Hervé Denoyelle, this incredible book was the result of their relentless hard work, their research, and the many years some of them have spent in dusty record shops in far-flung corners of the globe. In the book are entries from some unexpected countries, as well as extensive discographies of 7inch singles from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the USA.

The most visually interesting items tend to be concentrated in Japan and also around Northern Europe - Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany and France, with the dramatically varied picture sleeves the different countries offered. The original book is full of high quality, well-printed images (well over 1,200 of them!) on glossy paper, showing two singles per page (including the single's cover, if appropriate, and both sides of the single/both labels).

However... since then not only have we seen some interesting new releases such as the 1965: Their First Recordings double pack 7inch, but also quite a number of previously 'lost' or 'unknown' old, original releases have been discovered. All the new entries - nearing 75 so far - will be included in a second edition of this definite guide, to be published in due course.

Here's where YOU can possibly help: Charles is looking for additional information on any singles that are not in the first book, which he can include in the new edition, scheduled for Springtime. If you have any Floyd group or solo singles that you think might be slightly unusual (particularly if you have the first edition of the book, and know that the item(s) in question isn't in it), please send details to him at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Exhibition touring Germany: "Hipgnosis. Daring to Dream." Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019
Hipgnosis. Dare to Dream exhibition

Five years after the passing of Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey "Po" Powell was approached by a gallery with a wish to stage an exhibition of the work of Hipgnosis. Po agree after some initial hesitation, and the result - "Hipgnosis. Daring to Dream" - which celebrates 50 years of their design work, is currently touring Germany. Back in September it was held in Berlin; it is now (until February 24th, 2019) at the Kunsthalle Lüneburg.

UPDATE: From March 16th - April 30th, it can be found at the Küstenmuseum Wilhelmshaven. With nearly 100 pieces, definitely worth a visit. It's open each week Tuesday through to Sunday, 11am - 5pm. Our thanks to Michael Diers for this information!

Our thanks to Michael Nickel for his help in bringing the following information and translation of the exhibition synopsis to you:

The revolution of the cover design:
The British graphics agency Hipgnosis created record covers in the 1970s that became museum masterpieces. From 19th January to 24th February 2019, the Kunsthalle Lüneburg will be showing a selection of the most important record covers in the history of music by the legendary graphics studio of Aubrey Powell in large screen prints as well as numerous photographs by the founder of Hipgnosis.

1968 is considered the core year of the cultural revolution. It is also the year of birth of Hipgnosis, the legendary British photo design studio founded by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson.

Powell and Thorgerson worked together for fifteen years (1968-1983) under the umbrella of Hipgnosis. At this time, they designed more than 350 record covers, including some of the most famous in music history: The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Houses of the Holy, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Scratch.

With creative, often surreal visual concepts, subversive humour and radically innovative photo design approaches, Powell and Thorgerson created a whole new way of album cover design. Instead of classical musician portrait photos, their complex photographic compositions creatively leaned creatively on the musical ideas contained in the case. Or they were pursuing an entirely independent image idea that would cause a stir and make the album known - like the cover to Atom Heart Mother showing only a cow in a pasture. These works, described by Powell and Thorgerson as anti-cover, did not refer to the bands or the content of the music. In part, the covers were proposed to several bands at the same time, which Robert Plant took with humour: "What a bunch of daring gamblers you are."

Powell and Thorgerson had both studied photography and film at art colleges, revered Duchamps, Magritte, Man Ray, and Dali. Their surreal pictorial concepts and often epic photo landscapes testify to these elective affinities. With their uncompromising visionary ideas, they turned album cover design into popular art that outlasted time, inspired millions of people worldwide, and influenced generations of photo designers in their work.

The exhibition shows a selection of the most famous Hipgnosis album covers in large screen prints that were previously shown in Berlin and San Francisco. There's also a series of black and white shots of Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Foreigner and Paul McCartney.

German television station NDR did a short piece on the exhibition, which can be viewed through this direct link. Po is interviewed, although much of his conversation is obscured with a German translation, rather than subtitles.

There's also the following piece, which concentrates on an introduction by Po to their work, conducted during the Berlin staging toward the end of last year:

 
David Gilmour talks about the upcoming guitar auction Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Following on from yesterday's news that David Gilmour is auctioning off over 120 of his guitars at Christie's, New York, to raise money for charitable causes, he has been talking about the reasons behind his decision, and about the significance of the instruments.

First, he has been speaking to RollingStone.com about the auction. In the interview, he mentions that he'll still keep hold of around 20 guitars, but the process of getting rid of the bulk of them is something he has been intending to do for quite some time. The raising of a decent amount for charity is something key to the endeavour for him.

"These guitars have been very good to me," he told Rolling Stone. "They're my friends. They have given me lots of music. I just think it's time that they went off and served someone else. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention."

As Rolling Stone points out, the auction’s proceeds will benefit Gilmour's charitable foundation, which he's been running for decades. He said: "The money will be going to the larger needs of famine relief, homelessness and displacement of people throughout the world. We are going to work on the best way and the best balance of making what this raises do as much good on this planet as it can."

Read the whole interview here, and below is a video in which he talks about certain key instruments:

 
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