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The Making of Pink Floyd The Wall [Hardcover]

Gerald Scarfe
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Sept. 15 2010
Pink Floyd's The Wall is one of the most iconic and imaginative albums in the history of rock music, endlessly discussed and dissected. It is loosely based on the life and experiences of Roger Waters and the stage performances and film were created in close collaboration with Gerald Scarfe. They are currently at work on the new version of the stage show. Gerald retains all the imagery and amongst this massive archive there are hundreds of photographs of the creation, staging and filming of The Wall as well as the live stage performances. Roger has allowed us to reproduce all the interviews and texts associated with the production of the album, the stage performances and the film. This is to be the authorised, definitive book of The Wall.

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"a behind-the-scenes account of the making of iconic album The Wall." TNT - 18.10.10

About the Author

After a brief period at London's Royal College of Art, Gerald Scarfe established himself as a satirical cartoonist, working for PUNCH and PRIVATE EYE during the early 1960s. He has had exhibitions worldwide, including in New York, Osaka, Montreal, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and London, and 50 one-man shows. He has designed sets and costumes for plays, operas and musicals in the UK, US and New Zealand; written, directed and appeared in many live action and documentary films; and published numerous books of his work. Scarfe has been political cartoonist for the SUNDAY TIMES for over 40 years, has worked for THE NEW YORKER for 17 years, and his work regularly appears in periodicals. Gerald Scarfe received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008. He has had a long association with Pink Floyd - as the designer and director of animation for the Floyd live show WISH YOU WERE HERE in 1974, for THE WALL between 1970-73 and for Roger Waters' THE PROS AND CONS OF HITCHHIKING in 1984.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is IT Dec 30 2010
By Gilmour
The Wall, just when you thought you knew all their is to know about this 30 year old amazing Album, CD and or Cassette. Out comes this book, Mind you it's release was well timed to coincide with Roger Waters North American tour of The Wall which of course I did see.

This book is one of, if not the best book written about The Wall, it has great interviews with members of Pink Floyd, road crew, and many others. It covers the movie, the concert and the era of the time when the Wall was released.
For any Pink Floyd Fan this book is indeed a must have, the detail the scope and all the glorious interviews and information will keep you reading and reading again and again.

A fantastic book about a Album, a Movie and a Concert that is warm full of great wit, stories and all that is Pink Floyd
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5.0 out of 5 stars The memories, the music, the madness, the Wall! Oct. 6 2010
By F. Melchor - Published on Amazon.com
An enjoyable read and visual from Gerald Scarfe's perspective describing his classic drawings and directed animation that brought so much of Roger Water's The Wall to such enriching life. Scarfe describes the manner in which he began working with Pink Floyd and there is considerable amount of discussions between Scarfe and Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason. Just saw Roger Water's rendition of The Wall live in Cleveland last week and Scarfe's visuals continue to astound. Looking forward to seeing more of the same in St. Louis, Columbus and Detroit. The visuals simply enhance the music and this book gives the opportunity to understand how it all came together from initial inspirations for the Wish You Were Here tour thru The Wall and solo Waters material. If you enjoy The Wall and its visuals (includes some concert photos from the 1980 and 1981 tour), or the cult favorite movie - read and enjoy the visuals of this book. If you really enjoy The Wall or have even a passive interest in same, see Roger Water's tour of The Wall. It's extremely enjoyable and unlike anything you've seen (unless you've seen Pink Floyd or Waters before). Sorry for getting sidetracked, but you can maximize your experience. Check this book out.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book For Floyd Fans Oct. 18 2010
By ediskrad73 - Published on Amazon.com
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Gerry's book provides a great in-depth look into the design process that went into The Wall album, stage show, and movie (also includes pre and post-Wall material, including art for Roger Waters' current tour). HIGHLY recommended to any Floyd fan.

The book is full-colour and full of great pictures & illustrations.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have! Oct. 24 2010
By servies - Published on Amazon.com
In one word: brilliant!
It tells you all there's to know about the graphics behind, in front and on the Wall.
As a Pink Floyd fan the only reason not to buy this book is being broke because you bought to many tickets to the 2010/2011 the Wall tour...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very thorough. A must have for any Floyd collector Feb. 15 2011
By S. Gallo - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely essential reading for Floyd fans. As we all know the four Floyds were, and still are, intensely private individuals with absolutely no interest in letting the outside world in. This book is a chance for an outsider, artist and animator Gerald Scarfe, to give his insight on the interpersonal relationships between band members, their manager, Steve O'Rourke, Alan Parker, Bob Ezrin and others while working with the band during the making of the album, movie and stage show of The Wall. It's a very rare opportunity to hear someone else's take on Pink Floyd, especially someone so close to the inner workings of the band...and it does not disappoint.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another ... May 21 2014
By Floccinaucinihilipilification - Published on Amazon.com
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Coffee table book with lots of photos and drawings from Scarfe. Minimal, but interesting writing about his experiences with Pink Floyd making The Wall. Some basic discussions with band members and Alan Parker.

A nice addition to the collection, but not a must-have.
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