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Publisher's Summary

Mark Blake draws on his own interviews with band members as well as the group's friends, road crew, musical contemporaries, former housemates, and university colleagues to produce a riveting history of one of the biggest rock bands of all time. We follow Pink Floyd from the early psychedelic nights at UFO, to the stadium-rock and concept-album zenith of the '70s, to the acrimonious schisms of the late '80s and '90s. Along the way there are fascinating revelations about Syd Barrett's chaotic life at the time of Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the band's painstaking and Byzantine recording sessions at Abbey Road, and the fractious negotiations to bring about their fragile, tantalizing reunion in Hyde Park.

Meticulous, exacting, and ambitious as any Pink Floyd album, Comfortably Numb is the definitive account of this most adventurous - and most English - rock band.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2008 Mark Blake (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"You really do feel as if you're being sucked into the drama. That's a testament to Blake doing his job...It's a journalistic take on the band, and its reads like a history book. It's respectful and revealing, but not in a scandalous way." ( New York Press)
"Mark Blake has clearly done his share of research...Blake is at his best [when] providing those details that leap off the page while placing Pink Floyd squarely in the context of the times." ( Blurt Magazine)

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Would read the actual book

The story is great even though it’s hard to get in to details of each individual. The performance is not good on this audiobook. It’s very flat and read like it’s the radio news you’re listening to. I would recommend read this book yourself.

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Too much emphasis on media coverage and opinions

This book had a good amount of information regarding Syd and the band in general. However, there was far too much emphasis placed on how they and their music were perceived in the media. It's not a true "inside look" once any sort of relevance is placed on outside opinions held in various forms of media. Because really, who cares what the reviews in main stream media outlets held? The band sure didn't, as they continued creating the music that felt right to them (well, minus the Roger Waters take over when it came to The Wall). Needless to say, it would have been nice to hear more about the thought processes that went into the music, especially the masterpieces. The book tells the reader how the songs were created from an instrumental standpoint and where ideas for certain lyrics originated from, but I would have liked to know more about the band members' perceptions. What were some of the feelings that came to them as they were in the process of creating the music? How did they know what the final cuts were? What were their feelings when they walked on stage as the opening to Speak to Me played decades after the last time they had played it live? What were their feelings as they felt the rush of excitement from the audience? I suppose these are questions that can only be answered by the band members themselves. And these questions and ones of the like are ones that we won't find the answers to in this book, as it was written by someone of the outside.

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Great book for the die hard Floyd fan.

This is one of the most comprehensive books on the history of Pink Floyd. As a fan I have read a lot about Floyd but this book does a fantastic job of delving even further into their past. The performance is fantastic and makes this a must listen to for the most hard core fan.

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Excellent book!

This may be the most informative, complete history of the band I've experienced. I've read several other books and magazine articles about the Floyd, listened to interviews and own several DVD's that touch on the history of the band. Even read Nick Mason's "Inside Out" which as one might expect, a very personal and deep recollection of being a member of the Floyd. I enjoyed this book just as much Mason's book, feeling it gives a great deal of inside info from the band's early days, my personal favorite, pre-Dark Side era.

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not good

the audio quality is atrocious and the narrators accent is really hard to understand. bummer

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Very interesting story, but sometimes too detailed

Loved the story. Lots of great background on SydB and the interesting relationships between the band members. But, at times, it seemed like it dove into too much detail that didn't really add much value to the overall story.

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