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Tuesday, 02 May 2023

Wish You Were Here - A People’s History of Pink Floyd - book by Richard HoughtonWish You Were Here - A People’s History of Pink Floyd is the title of a new book about the Floyd, although author Richard Houghton readily admits that the book isn't entirely new, as it's an update of an earlier work from 2017.

The book tells the story of Pink Floyd through more than 500 eyewitness accounts, mixing concert memories with other encounters with the band. As well as stories from the beginnings of the band's career and accounts of arena shows, there are a number of more intimate encounters. One example is the story of Norman Whitehall, who travelled with a friend to Bridgend in Wales to see Pink Floyd at the tiny Kee Club in March 1969, only to be told that they couldn't get in because it was a members-only club. A disconsolate Norman wandered the streets with his friend until they bumped into the band themselves, who took pity on them and escorted them into the club and through to their dressing room, where band and fans shared a joint.

Richard said: "I had a book entitled Pink Floyd - I Was There published in paperback, but that book has been out of print for a few years. I've managed to acquire the rights to the book and decided to republish it through my own company, Spenwood Books, and give the material in the book the treatment it deserves. The new book is coming out in hardback in a larger format, with full colour photos on high quality paper. I've also collected over 100 new accounts of seeing the Floyd live that weren't in the original book. This includes several tales from the period when Syd was in the band. So it's a fascinating look back at Pink Floyd as it's their history told in the words of fans, and it provides a very different take on a story that's been told many times before.

Richard is still interested in hearing from anyone who saw Pink Floyd, particularly if they have a concert memory from the Sixties, and he can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it The deadline for fresh material is 31st May.

Wish You Were Here - A People’s History of Pink Floyd is published by Spenwood Books and is available to order now at SpenwoodBooks.com. Orders placed by 14th July will receive a 20% discount on the RRP of £30 and early bird purchasers will also be named as sponsors in the book.

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