Pink Floyd Related Books
A - K
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This is a listing of the various Pink Floyd related books I have in my Pink Floyd reference library, beginning with the letters A-K. Publishing information, including title, author, publisher, date published, ISBN number, page length, and a brief summary is provided about each book in an effort to aid anyone who wants to obtain copies of these works.
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Pink Floyd Related Books A - K
- The Accidental Evolution of Rock and Roll - A Misguided Tour Through Popular Music by Chuck Eddy
- Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers - Psychedelic Confectionery From The U.K. Underground 1965-1969 by Jon Savage, Phil Smee, Jim Irvin, David Wells, and Tim Forster
- All Dressed Up - The Sixties and the Counterculture by Jonathon Green
- All Music Guide to Rock edited by Michael Erlwine, Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlwine, and Richie Unterberger
- Backstage Pass - A Non-Performer's Guide to Rock `n Roll Touring Careers by Eric M. Todd, Frank Weimann, and Elliot L. Hoffman
- The Billboard Guide to Progressive Music by Bradley Smith
- The Book of Rock-From the 1950s to Today by Philip Dodd
- Bootleg - The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry by Clinton Heylin
- Christgau's Record Guide - Rock Albums of the `70s by Robert Christgau
- Classic Rock by Gary Cee
- Classic Rock & Other Rollers - A Photo Portfolio by Baron Wolman by Baron Wolman
- Clive: Inside the Record Business by Clive Davis with James Willwerth
- A Collectors Guide to Soft Machine/Gong/Henry Cow & Related Group Recordings by Vernon Fitch
- Dancing in the Street - A Rock and Roll History by Robert Palmer
- Days in the Life - Voices From the English Underground 1961 - 1971 by Jonathon Green
- Dick Clark's The First 25 Years of Rock & Roll by Michael Uslan and Bruce Solomon
- Electric Eden - Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music by Rob Young
- Electronic Music by Andy Mackay
- File Under Popular - Theoretical and Critical Writings on Music by Chris Cutler
- The Fireclown by Michael Moorcock
- Groupie by Jenny Fabian & Johnny Byrne
- Harvest Festival
- Hippie by Barry Miles
- The History of Canadian Rock `n' Roll by Bob Mersereau
- Hit Men by Fredric Dannen
- I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig - Inside Stories of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll by Beau Phillips
- I Want to Take You Higher - The Psychedelic Era 1965-1969 by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
- Inner Visions - Explorations in Magical Consciousness by Nevill Drury
- Kaleidoscope Eyes - Psychedelic Rock From the `60s to the `90s by Jim DeRogatis
Pink Floyd Related Books A-K
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The Accidental Evolution of Rock and Roll - A Misguided Tour Through Popular Music
Author: Chuck Eddy
Publisher: Da Capo Press, 1997, ISBN 0-306-80741-6, 364 pages.
Synopsis: A history of rock and roll from an alternative perspective. Numerous Pink Floyd mentions.
Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers - Psychedelic Confectionery From The U.K. Underground 1965-1969
Authors: Jon Savage, Phil Smee, Jim Irvin, David Wells, and Tim Forster
Publisher: EMI Records, U.K., 2001, catalog number: 07243 5 35078 2 4, 16 pages.
Synopsis: A British box set that includes a 16 page book and four CDs of music. The book features fascinating insights into British psychedelic music, with entries for each song that include the name of the band, the song title, writing credits, record company, catalog number, release date, background of the band, and a brief analysis of the song. Includes Syd Barrett-Octopus on both the CD and in the book. Sections of the book are: Elevator to the Brain Hotel, Down to Middle Earth, Gandalf's Garden, Mushroom Soup, and Roundhouse Ghosts. This is an excellent look at British psychedelia.
All Dressed Up - The Sixties and the Counterculture
Author: Jonathon Green
Publisher: Pimlico, 1999, ISBN 0-7126-6523-4, 482 pages.
Synopsis: A cultural and political history of the 1960s. Features numerous Pink Floyd stories. Includes chapters on teds, CND, beatniks, mods, drugs, flower power, hippies, student power, obscene publications, gay liberation, and woman's liberation.
All Music Guide to Rock
Editors: Michael Erlwine, Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlwine, and Richie Unterberger
Publisher: Miller Freeman Books, 1997, ISBN 0-87930-494-4, 1232 pages.
Synopsis: A guide to recordings by rock, pop, soul, R & B, and rap artists. Features biographies, reviews, ratings, essays, and rock resources. Includes four pages on Pink Floyd, with a biography, and record & bootleg reviews.
Backstage Pass - A Non-Performer's Guide to Rock `n Roll Touring Careers
Authors: Eric M. Todd, Frank Weimann, and Elliot L. Hoffman
Publisher: Backstage Pass Incorporated, 1989, ISBN 0-9622231-0-7, 243 pages.
Synopsis: An interesting look at entertainment industry professionals other than performers. This book includes chapters about tour bus contracting, tour bus driving, scenic and lighting design, publicity, staging, pyrotechnics, tour management, robotic lighting, concert promotion, entertainment trucking, guitar technician, booking agency, stage carpenter, box office management, laser operation, travel cases, stagehand, electronic controls, travel agency, photographer, sound contracting, stage illusions, monitor mixing, entertainment law, studio equipment rental, power, sound system technician, catering, tour security, tour accounting, artist management, entertainment freight, truck driving, sound engineering, lighting crew chief, lighting technology, tour bus manager, makeup, production management, stage equipment technician, entertainment graphics, rigging, wardrobe design, stage management, artist management, tour merchandise, promoters representative, facility management, road management, production coordinator, concert promotion, scenery manufacturing, scenic and staging design, lighting and tour production, entertainment insurance, hairdressing, business management. People in these professions explain what they do and tell of their experiences, some of which include having worked with Pink Floyd.
The Billboard Guide to Progressive Music
Author: Bradley Smith
Publisher: Billboard Books, 1997, ISBN 0-8230-7665-2, 288 pages.
Synopsis: An authors guide to progressive music. Includes an overview of progressive music, key progressive music recordings, a list of 100 classic progressive recordings, five progressive music styles, the top 30 space music recordings, the top 30 best sounding recordings, and recommended titles. Features reviews of the Pink Floyd albums/videos The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, Pink Floyd at Pompeii, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and Animals.
The Book of Rock-From the 1950s to Today
Author: Philip Dodd
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press, paperback, 2005, ISBN 1-56025-729-6, 512 pages.
Synopsis: A book about a variety of rock performers. Features one page about Pink Floyd, with a picture from a 1975 recording session.
Bootleg - The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry
Author: Clinton Heylin
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 1995, hardcover, ISBN 0-312-13031-7, 441 pages.
Synopsis: A book about the bootleg industry. Includes some interesting stories about various Pink Floyd bootlegs.
Christgau's Record Guide - Rock Albums of the `70s
Author: Robert Christgau
Publisher: Ticknor & Fields, 1981, ISBN 0-89919-026-X, 471 pages.
Synopsis: A book by Village Voice rock critic Robert Christgau reviewing and grading albums released in the 1970s. Includes reviews of Atom Heart Mother (D+), Meddle (B-), Obscured by Clouds (C), Dark Side of the Moon (B), Wish You Were Here (A-), Animals (B+), and The Wall (B-).
Author: Gary Cee
Publisher: MetroBooks, 1995, hardcover, ISBN 1-56799-168-8, 160 pages.
Synopsis: A large illustrated book on classic rock. Includes Pink Floyd as part of The Magnificent Seven, and has two full pages on Pink Floyd with photos.
Classic Rock & Other Rollers - A Photo Portfolio by Baron Wolman
Author: Baron Wolman
Publisher: SquareBooks, 1992, softcover, ISBN: 0-916290-54-9, 144 pages.
Synopsis: A collection of photographs and memoirs by rock photographer Baron Wolman. Wolman was Rolling Stone's chief photographer from 1967 through 1970. Features a photograph of Pink Floyd taken at the Casa Madrona Hotel, in Sausilito, California in November 1967. Also includes photographs of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Rolling Stones, Who, Cream, George Harrison, and numerous others.
Clive: Inside the Record Business
Author: Clive Davis with James Willwerth
Publisher: William Morrow and Co., Inc, 1975, hardcover, ISBN 0-688-02872-1, 300 pages.
Synopsis: An historical account of the record business from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s by Clive Davis, former record executive with Columbia Records. Includes the inside story of how Columbia Records signed Pink Floyd away from Capitol Records in 1972.
A Collectors Guide to Soft Machine / Gong / Henry Cow & Related Group Recordings
Author: Vernon Fitch
Publisher: PFA private printing, 1998, 44 pages.
Synopsis: A privately issued booklet that lists hundreds of live recordings by the Soft Machine and their many offshoots. Other bands listed include Matching Mole, Carla Bley, Delivery, Elton Dean Quartet, El Skid, Hugh Hopper Band, Hopper-Dean & Coxhill, Hopper-Dean-Tippett & Galivan, In Cahoots, Isotope, Just Us, Ninesense, Pink Floyd, Raincoats, Soft Head, Soft Heap, Supersister, Symbiosis, Wilde Flowers, WMWM, Wolf, Robert Wyatt, Gong, Daevid Allen, Mother Gong, Steve Hillage, Tim Blake, Didier Malherbe, Bloom, William Burroughs, Here and Now, Pierre Moerlen, Octavia Neptune, Terry Riley, Kevin Ayers, David Bedford, Lol Coxhill, Mike Oldfield, Caravan, Hatfield and the North, Egg, Gilgamesh, National Health, Gordon Beck Quartet, Bill Bruford Band, Camel, Contrepoint, Ivor Cutler, Allan Holdsworth, Nucleus, Rapid Eye Movement, Tempest, David Sinclair, Dave Stewart, Keith Tippett, U.K., Henry Cow, Art Bears, Duck & Cover, Fred Frith, Skeleton Crew, Massacre, The Work, Peter Blegvad Ensemble, Boulevard Theater, Faust, Slapp Happy, Zu Band and others. This book primarily covers concerts in the 1960s and 1970s.
Dancing in the Street - A Rock and Roll History
Author: Robert Palmer
Publisher: BBC Books, U.K., 1996, ISBN 0-563-36996-5, 322 pages.
Synopsis: A book on the history of rock and roll. Written to accompany the television series of the same name. Includes a mention of Pink Floyd at the UFO Club in 1967, and the fashion of Syd Barrett.
Days in the Life - Voices From the English Underground 1961 - 1971
Author: Jonathon Green
Publisher: Pimlico, U.K., 1998 edition, ISBN 0-7126-6665-6, 468 pages.
Synopsis: A fascinating book on the rise of the British underground scene in the 1960s, as told by many of the people who made it happen. Includes numerous memories from people involved with the early Pink Floyd, such as Peter Jenner, Joe Boyd, June Bolan, Stash de Rola, Jenny Fabian, Mick Farren, John Hopkins, Nick Laird-Clowes, Barry Miles, Jonathon Park, John Peel, and Robert Wyatt.
Dick Clark's The First 25 Years of Rock & Roll
Authors: Michael Uslan and Bruce Solomon
Publisher: Delacorte Press, N.Y., 1981, hardcover, 466 pages.
Synopsis: A history of rock n' roll. Features two pages about Pink Floyd, including observations that, before Dark Side of the Moon, "They were just too weird! Their gloom-and-doom lyrics were depressing, and their spacey, atonal musical interludes were almost painful to listen to."
Electric Eden - Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music
Author: Rob Young
Publisher: Faber and Faber Ltd., 2011, softcover, ISBN 978-0-571-23753-1, 664 pages.
Synopsis: A book about British popular music in the 1960s and its influences. Includes numerous Pink Floyd references.
Author: Andy Mackay
Publisher: Control Data Publishing, ISBN 0-89893-302-1, 124 pages.
Synopsis: A book on electronic instruments, music and musicians. Includes some references to Pink Floyd.
File Under Popular - Theoretical and Critical Writings on Music
Author: Chris Cutler
Publisher: Autonomedia, 1993, ISBN 0-936756-34-9, 184 pages.
Synopsis: Theories of music and culture from a musician's perspective. Includes a chapter on progressive music in the U.K. with a look at the influence of the early Pink Floyd on psychedelic music.
Author: Michael Moorcock
Publisher: Paperback Library, Inc., 1967, first U.S. printing, 158 pages.
Synopsis: This book likely inspired the Pink Floyd song, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun. The story takes place on earth in the year 2091 A.D., in the City of Switzerland, which is the center of the world government. Amidst a political power struggle, a bizarre spaceship pilot, known as the Fireclown, develops a time drive which allows him to pilot his spacecraft safely into the heart of the sun, where finds he can achieve pure consciousness, a heightened state of existence devoid of any intelligence. Convinced that pure consciousness is preferable to worthless human intelligence, the Fireclown tries to rid the earth of intelligence by unleashing a time fire that will destroy human intelligence without destroying life. However, he is defeated, and the story ends with the Fireclown piloting an unprotected spaceship into the heart of the sun.
Authors: Jenny Fabian & Johnny Byrne
Publisher: Omnibus Press, 1997, ISBN 0-7119-6318-5, 215 pages.
Synopsis: A novel about a groupie and her adventures in London in the late 1960s. Originally published in 1969, the story includes adventures with the band Pink Floyd (referred to as Satin Odyssey), with the band members under different names (Syd Barrett is called Ben). Other bands in the book include the Animals (The Savage), Dantalionís Chariot (Transfer Project), Family (Relation), The Fugs (The New York Sound and Touch), Jimi Hendrix Experience (Jacklin-H-Event), The Nice (The Elevation), Soft Machine (The Dream Battery), and Spooky Tooth (The Shadow Cabinet).
Publisher: EMI Records, 1999, hardcover, CN: 7243 5 21198 2 0, 120 pages.
Synopsis: A book that looks at the history of Harvest Records. Issued with 5 CDs of music from various Harvest artists, including Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, and Syd Barrett. The book includes stories and interviews with numerous people associated with Harvest Records over the years, with stories from many people that worked with Pink Floyd.
Author: Barry Miles
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2004, U.S., hardcover, ISBN 1-4027-1442-4, 384 pages.
Synopsis: A large full-color book that looks at the Hippie period from 1965-1971 and the cultural changes that were taking place such as psychedelia, the London underground, the summer of love, IT and OZ, etc. Features a section on Pink Floyd with a look at Syd Barrett, the Spontaneous Underground, the Technicolour Dream, light shows, UFO, rare concert posters, etc. Also covers the Beatles, Timothy Leary, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bill Graham, the Acid Tests, Byrds, fashion, Wavy Gravy, Doors, Love, Mothers of Invention, Velvet Underground, Fugs, orange sunshine, Monterey, LSD, Move, Brian Jones, Black Panthers, Charlie Manson, Fillmore East, Paris riots, Janis Joplin, the Weathermen, Woodstock, Altamont, Steppenwolf, the sexual revolution, Amsterdam, Gay Pride, Kent State, Chicago, Alice Cooper, Earth Day, Zabriskie Point, Bath Festival, Jim Morrison, and the Hippie Legacy. A fantastic book.
The History of Canadian Rock `n' Roll
Author: Bob Mersereau
Publisher: Backbeat Books, 2015, softcover, ISBN 978-1-4803-6711-1, 298 pages.
Synopsis: A book about the history of rock music in Canada. Includes coverage of Canadian artists and record companies. Features segments about Bob Ezrin working with Pink Floyd, and Pink Floyd's influence on Canadian rock.
Author: Fredric Dannen
Publisher: Vintage Books, 1991, ISBN 0-679-73061-3, 407 pages.
Synopsis: The inside story of power brokers and fast money inside the music business. Includes the detailed story of Dick Asher and CBS Records attempt to break Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) on Top 40 radio without paying the Network of independent promoters.
I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig - Inside Stories of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
Author: Beau Phillips
Publisher: Peanut Butter Publishing, 2014, softcover, ISBN 978-1-59849-168-5, 260 pages.
Synopsis: A book of stories about rock and roll artists by a former radio DJ. Includes the story of Pink Floyd lending their pig to a radio station in Seattle, and it being stolen.
I Want to Take You Higher - The Psychedelic Era 1965-1969
Author: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 1997, hardcover, ISBN 0-8118-1725-3, 208 pages.
Synopsis: A large book full of essays and pictures on the psychedelic bands. Includes a look at the early Pink Floyd by Barry Miles, with photos of some rare Pink Floyd posters and live performances.
Inner Visions - Explorations in Magical Consciousness
Author: Nevill Drury
Publisher: Penguin Books, 1994, ISBN 0-14-019283-2, 142 pages.
Synopsis: An examination on how art and music feed on myth and ancient magic. One chapter "The Rise of Cosmic Music" includes a section called "Inner Space connections - enter Pink Floyd."
Kaleidoscope Eyes - Psychedelic Rock From the `60s to the `90s
Author: Jim DeRogatis
Publisher: Citadel Press, 1996, ISBN 0-8065-1788-3
Synopsis: An interesting look at psychedelic rock, from it's origins to modern times. Chapter 5 is Pink Floyd: Pipers at the Gates of Dawn. Also includes a section on the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream concert.