Through a series of interviews with a wide range of people connected to Pink Floyd in their earliest days (including Nick Mason, Peter Jenner, Jenny Fabian, Storm Thorgerson, Duggie Fields and Peter Whitehead), John Cavanagh paints a vivid picture of how this remarkable debut album was created. He brings to life the stories behind each track, as well as Pink Floyd's groundbreaking live performances of the time.More
John Eric Cavanagh writes and presents Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn, a unique reflection on the formation and subsequent success of the legendary rock band, whose intense impact on the modern music world can’t possibly be overstated.
Cavanagh draws on his own perception of the band as well as extensive interviews with friends and contemporaries to paint a rich portrait of Pink Floyd’s aims and accomplishments. Cavanagh’s rich accent and authoritative narration, in balance with an accessible conversational tone, all combine to create a thoroughly enjoyable and genuinely immersive listening experience not only for hardcore Pink Floyd fans, but for anyone interested in the history of rock and roll.
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Pink Floyd Fan's Delight.
I love all the quotes from people around that time describing swinging London, the Floyd and the Syd they knew pre-acid. Goes through most of the songs in some detail both in how they were recorded and lyrically what they were about. A lot of great background on each member of the band (except for maybe Gilmour who didn't come in until after this album). A great great background to the very beginnings of the Pink Floyd and while they were VERY different back then, how you can still see the impetus for what they were to become. Cavanagh, btw, did a fine job narrating the book.
My only caveat would be... that if this may not be as interesting to someone who is not already a Pink Floyd fan. But for me (an avid fan), it was fabulous!
- Michael J. Hudson