on July 8, 2007
This book is one of the best Pink Floyd' tell-all and tell-tale... some passages are quite interesting to say the least. Nick Mason as an insider is giving us the scoop with a sense of humor. Like when Syd Barrett was boot-out the band... you can tell he is still feeling some remorse but in this case it was for the better. Than the replacement was suprising well chosen... who could have replace the unreliable Syd Barrett? Nick give us a couple of names from the list... whoever choose David Gilmour was really thinking about the future... David Gilmour is without a doubt the best thing that could have happen to the Pink in the early stage... Like Ringo and the Beatles... without diminishing the virtuosity of David... this book is full of anecdotes from the 60s. Than the making of the opus... from Dark Side of the Moon, Wish you were Here and The Wall... their three best albums! without forgetting Arnold Layne, Astronomy Domine, UmmaGumma, Roger Waters' Pros and cons of Hitch Hiking... looking back the band did the right thing in choosing The Wall over Pros and Cons as the last great effort by one the best rock band. And Nick explores the discord between Roger and David... as good as they are excellent musician... both where in diametrical position. I think it was for the best that the band continued without Roger Waters. Also he explore the nonchalance of Richard Wright... that aggravated the tension in the band. Finally he finishes the book by the undenying effort of Bob Geldof to reunite the band for one last time for a great cause... Thank you Bob from all the fans! And Thank you Nick Mason for an excellent autobiography... lets hope that someday you play together again... The Great Gig in the Sky... with all your fans from all over the world in the same room!