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Written by Matt   
Monday, 03 May 2004

Over the last month, we've run a competition to win one of three copies of the new book "Pink Floyd The Wall: In The Studio, On Stage and On Screen", published by Reynolds & Hearn today! The books have been sent from Brain Damage HQ today to the following lucky people, plucked from the inflatable pig containing all the many correct answers:

    * Marek Grzesiak, Warszawa, Poland
    * Thanasis Tsilderikis, Canterbury, Kent, UK
    * Terrence Reardon, Summerville, SC, USA

Well done to these three, and better luck next time to those who weren't picked from piggy! If you weren't fortunate this time, but still want to read the book, it can be ordered from Amazon and other good retailers.

Finally, here's the answers we were looking for:

   1. Who was responsible for the striking artwork? Gerald Scarfe
   2. What was unusual about the first live show in 1980? What caused a halt to proceedings? The show's fireworks which miscued during the opening of "In The Flesh?" caused a fire, which eventually escalated to the point it couldn't go unnoticed any more. Once the ashes started falling from the curtains it was apparent that the show had to stop. Roger announced they had to put out the fire they had 'up there' and the show resumed after the fire crew put the fire out.
   3. Where was the final live performance of The Wall (city and location)? We accepted either London, Earls Court Exhibition Hall, (June 1981) or Potzdamer Platz, Berlin, (July 1990). We didn't specify WHO performed the last show, but obviously the likes of Cyndi Lauper "singing" Another Brick gave some of you too many nightmares!
   4. What legendary band were lined up to provide some harmonising vocals on the album? Roger had envisaged Beach Boys-like 'saccharine' vocal harmonies, in the track 'The Show Must Go On', in particular. Roger said in the 1980 Jim Ladd interview that they were asked to do it and they agreed to it, "and then they went off and toured Japan or something instead." Roger: "I think they were quite into doing it. Mind you, they hadn't all seen all the stuff about the 'racialist' stuff that comes in some of the songs we asked them to sing. I don't know how they would have responded to that. Because Bruce Johnston actually came down and did some." Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys called Roger and told him "I'm not sure that The Beach Boys wanna sing "That one's Jewish, that one's a coon, that one's a queer and all of that but I'll put together a team that will get the vibe" (quote from In The Studio for The Wall, interview with Roger Waters, July 1989). The studio recording did, indeed, include Bruce Johnston, who - although not a founding member - was, technically, a member of The Beach Boys.
   5. Name the actor who played the Teacher in the film of The Wall. Alex McAvoy played the teacher and would go on to appear in the Pink Floyd Final Cut Video EP.

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