The Dark Side of the Moon : The Making of the Pink Floyd Masterpiece by John Harris (2005, Hardcover)
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- Synopsis"A behind-the-scenes, in-depth look at the making of one of the greatest studio masterpieces and most commercially successful albums ever recorded - fully illustrated with many never-before-seen photos." "Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) is one of the most acclaimed albums of all time. An exploration of madness, death, anxiety, and alienation, it remained on the Billboard charts for 724 weeks - the longest consecutive run for an LP ever - and has sold 30 million copies worldwide. It still sells some quarter million copies every year." "Besides being perhaps rock's most fully realized and elegant concept album, The Dark Side of the Moon was among the most technically advanced records of its time, perfectly blending studio wizardry and fearless innovation. The rich story behind The Dark Side of the Moon is now illuminated by journalist John Harris's exploration of the album's many secrets and the band's fractured history, including the mental collapse of group founder Syd Barrett, who is seen here in rare photographs from the archive of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason." "Drawing on original interviews with bassist and chief lyricist Roger Waters, guitarist Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason, and the album's supporting cast, The Dark Side of the Moon is a must-have for the millions of devoted fans looking for the definitive story of one of the most timeless, compelling and mysterious albums ever made."--BOOK JACKET.,Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) is one of the most beloved albums of all time. A sonically stunning exploration into dark themes of madness, death, anxiety, and alienation, it has sold a staggering 30 million copies worldwide, and continues to sell 250,000 copies a year. Besides being perhaps the most fully realized and elegant concept album ever recorded, The Dark Side of the Moon was also one of the most technically advanced LPs of its day. It has aged remarkably well and still sounds as contemporary and cutting edge as it did on the day it was released. A perfect blend of studio wizardry and fearless innovation, The Dark Side of the Moon is illuminated by John Harris's exploration of the band's fractured history, his narrative skill, and his deft exploration of the album's legacy, such as its massive influence on bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails. Drawing on original, new interviews with every member of the band-bassist and chief songwriter Roger Waters, guitarist Dave Gilmour, keyboardist Rick Wright, and drummer Nick Mason- The Dark Side of the Moon is a must-have for the millions of devoted fans who desire to know more about one of the most timeless, compelling, commercially successful, and mysterious albums ever made.
- AuthorJohn Harris
- Number Of Pages192 pages
- Publication Date2005-10-31
- PublisherDa Capo Press, Incorporated
- Copyright Date2005
- Weight20.6 Oz
- Height0.7 In.
- Width8 In.
- Length8 In.
- LC Classification NumberML421.P6H37 2005
- Dewey Decimal782.421660922
- Dewey Edition22
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- ande9873.oah02r...Jun 19, 2015by
A really well written & researched book about the Dark Side of the Moon
I've been a "Floyd-Head" since 1973 when I received DSOTM as a Christmas gift, so when I spotted this book on E-Bay, I jumped on it. I greatly enjoyed the well-written history of the behind-the-scenes making of the album, along with all of the information about the group leading-up to DSOTM. I did not know until now that David Gilmore & Roger Waters were at odds so early on. They are both passionate about the music that they produce and bumping heads seems a logical by-product of the emotional and stressful times they were in. John Harris presents the reader with quite a few "AHA" moments about the band members as well as the people behind the band and the album itself. This book is well written and it is apparent that John Harris did a lot of homework and detective work in his research for this project. He really brought all of the people involved out into the light, for me anyway. I love reading about musicians and their work and this book did not let me down.Read full review
- quavenFeb 09, 2007by
Dark Side of the Moon Book
If you are a fan of Pink Floyd you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Many behind the scenes insights into the making of this classic album. Also includes discussuions concerning the various spoken parts on the album, what was said and who said it as well as how the whole concept came about.
There is an interview with Claire Tory, the woman who sings on Great Gig in the Sky which is very interesting.