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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.
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.