Pink Floyd Related Books
L - R
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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 L-R. 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 L - R
- Legends of Rock by Marjorie Galen and Gordon Matthews
- Legends of Rock - The Artists, Instruments, Myths and History of 50 Years of Music by Ernesto Assante
- Listening to the Future - The Time of Progressive Rock by Bill Martin
- The Melody Maker File
- Moguls and Madmen - The Pursuit of Power in Popular Music by Jory Farr
- The Mojo Collection - The Greatest Albums of All Time . . . and How They Happened edited by Jim Irvin
- The Music's All That Matters - A History of Progressive Rock by Paul Stump
- My Bass and Other Animals by Guy Pratt
- Never a Dull Moment - 1971-The Year that Rock Exploded by David Hepworth
- The NME Book of Rock 2
- The 1960s by R.G. Grant
- The Ossie Clark Diaries edited and introduced by Lady Henrietta Ross
- Out of Our Heads - Rock `n' Roll Before the Drugs Wore Off by George Case
- Pioneers of Rock and Roll by Harry Sumrall
- The Progressive Rock Files by Jerry Lucky
- Psychedelia Britannica - Hallucinogenic Drugs in Britain by Antonio Melechi
- Psychedelia - The Long Strange Trip by Martin Huxley
- Psychedelic Popular Music - A History through Musical Topic Theory by William Echard
- The Psychedelic Rock Files by Jerry Lucky
- Ranters and Crowd Pleasers - Punk in Pop Music, 1977-92 by Greil Marcus
- The Rise and Fall of Popular Music - A Narrative History from the Renaissance to Rock n' Roll by Donald Clarke
- Rock & Roll - an unruly history by Robert Palmer
- Rock and Roll - A Social History by Paul Friedlander
- Rock & Roll - The Music, Musicians, and the Mania by Ted Greenwald
- The Rock & Roll Almanac - The Songs, the Stars, the Scandals, the Stories by Mark Bego
- Rock and Roll - It's History and Stylistic Development by Joe Stuessy
- Rock and Roll Revealed - The Outrageous Lives of Rock's Biggest Stars by Maryanne Melloan
- Rock & Roll Traveler - Great Britain and Ireland by Ed Glinert and Tim Perry
- Rock Atlas - 800 great music locations and the fascinating stories behind them by David Roberts
- Rock Atlas USA by David Roberts
- Rock Family Trees / More Rock Family Trees by Pete Frame
- Rock From the Beginning by Nik Cohn
- Rock Lists by Dave Marsh and James Bernard
- Rock 'n' Roll - The Famous Lyrics Scott Buchanan, editor
- Rock On Almanac - The First Four Decades of Rock `n' Roll by Norm N. Nite
- Rock on the Road by Mick Gold
- The Rock Pack by James Henke and Ron Meer
- Rock Stars Cars by David Roberts
- Rock Stars Do the Dumbest Things by Margaret Moser and Bill Crawford
- Rocking the Classics - English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture by Edward Macan
- Rocking the State - Rock Music and Politics in Eastern Europe and Russia edited by Sabrina Petra Ramet
- The Rolling Stone Record Guide Edited by Dave Marsh with John Swenson
Pink Floyd Related Books L - R
[Pink Floyd Related Books S - Z]
Legends of Rock
Authors: Marjorie Galen and Gordon Matthews
Publisher: Dalmation Press, hardcover, 2007, ISBN 1-40373-719-3, 160 pages.
Synopsis: A look at various rock performers. Features a page on Pink Floyd, with a picture of the band from 1967, a Syd Barrett quote, and a list of greatest hits.
Legends of Rock - The Artists, Instruments, Myths and History of 50 Years of Music
Author: Ernesto Assante
Publisher: VMB Publishers, Italy, hardcover, 2014, ISBN 978-88-540-2597-4, 480 pages.
Synopsis: A look at various rock performers. Features a section on Pink Floyd, with eight pages of pictures from 1967 through 1994.
Listening to the Future - The Time of Progressive Rock
Author: Bill Martin
Publisher: Open Court, 1998, ISBN 0-8126-9368-X, 356 pages.
Synopsis: A book about progressive rock music, written by the Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. Includes numerous mentions of Pink Floyd, although the author does not place them in the category of progressive rock.
The Melody Maker File 1974
Editor: Ray Coleman, editor of Melody Maker
Publisher: IPC Specialist and Professional Press Ltd., U.K., 1974, 127 pages.
Synopsis: A 1974 annual from Melody Maker, one of the U.K.'s top music newspapaers. Features a 4-page article on Pink Floyd by Chris Welch and a color photo of David Gilmour performing. Also includes articles and photos about Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Slade, Roxy Music, Lou Reed, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Brian Wilson, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Bob Marley, Gamble and Huff, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, The Osmonds, Yoko Ono, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Fat Freddy and Patsy, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, and Miles Davis.
Moguls and Madmen - The Pursuit of Power in Popular Music
Author: Jory Farr
Publisher: Simon And Schuster, 1994, hardcover, ISBN 0-671-73946-8, 319 pages.
Synopsis: A behind the scenes look at some of the most influential and powerful people in rock music. Includes a mention of Pink Floyd among groups that have made bad business deals.
The Mojo Collection - The Greatest Albums of All Time . . . and How They Happened
Editor: edited by Jim Irvin
Publisher: Mojo Books, 2000, softcover, ISBN 1-84195-067-X, 914 pages.
Synopsis: A large volume containing the stories behind the greatest albums of all time and the artists that made them, as told by the staff of the excellent British music magazine, Mojo. Includes entries for the Pink Floyd albums, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Dark Side of the Moon, and The Wall. This book is divided into decades, and each album entry also includes information on record label, producer, recording site, personnel, track listing, running time, current CD issue, and recomendations for further listening and further reading. An excellent guide to a wide variety of music.
The Music's All That Matters - A History of Progressive Rock
Author: Paul Stump
Publisher: Quartet Books, 1998, ISBN 0-7043-8036-6, 384 pages.
Synopsis: A look at the rise of progressive rock music and the bands that were involved. Includes numerous Pink Floyd references as one of the founders of the genre.
My Bass and Other Animals
Author: Guy Pratt
Publisher: Orion Books, 2007, hardcover, U.K., ISBN 978-0-7528-7631-3, 294 pages.
Synopsis: Guy Pratt's story of playing bass guitar in the world of rock music. Covers stints with Sylvain Sylvain, Icehpouse, Robert Palmer, Dream Academy, Bryan Ferry, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and David Gilmour.
Never a Dull Moment - 1971-The Year that Rock Exploded
Author: David Hepworth
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 2016, ISBN 978-1-62779-399-5, 308 pages.
Synopsis: A look back at the year 1971, and the events that took place in music and the world. Includes references to Pink Floyd and the environment that influenced them.
The NME Book of Rock 2
Publisher: Wyndham Publications, Inc., 1977, ISBN 0 352 39715 2, 553 pages.
Synopsis: An encyclopedia of rock by British music newspaper New Musical Express. Includes entries for Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett, with discography.
Author: R.G. Grant
Publisher: Mallard Press, 1990, hardcover, ISBN 0792-45443-X, 192 pages.
Synopsis: A large book full of pictures and events of each year of the 1960s. Includes references and photos of Pink Floyd in 1966 and 1967.
The Ossie Clark Diaries
Editor: Edited and Introduced by Lady Henrietta Ross
Publisher: Bloomsbury, U.K., 1998, hardcover, ISBN 0-7475-3901-4, 402 pages.
Synopsis: The 1974-1996 diaries of Ossie Clark, one of London's premiere fashion designers. Includes various entries about attending Pink Floyd concerts and parties.
Out of Our Heads - Rock `n' Roll Before the Drugs Wore Off
Author: George Case
Publisher: Backbeat Books, U.S., 2010, softcover, ISBN 978-0-87930-967-1, 266 pages.
Synopsis: A book about drugs and their use by, and effect on, musicians. Features a section about Syd Barrett, as well as a review of Dark Side of the Moon as an album listened to by drug users. Covers numerous bands and musicians who used drugs as part of the creative process.
Pioneers of Rock and Roll
Author: Harry Sumrall
Publisher: Billboard Books, 1994, ISBN 0-8230-7628-8, 308 pages.
Synopsis: A look at 100 artists who changed the face of rock. Includes chapters on Pink Floyd, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Soft Machine, Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa, and others.
The Progressive Rock Files
Author: Jerry Lucky
Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc., 4th edition, 1998, ISBN 1-896522-10-6, 304 pages.
Synopsis: An historical account of progressive rock, with an A to Z listing of progressive rock bands. Includes the role of Pink Floyd in progressive rock and a special CD release of Interstellar Overdrive and Nick's Boogie from the Tonite Let's All Make Love in London soundtrack.
Psychedelia Britannica - Hallucinogenic Drugs in Britain
Editor: Antonio Melechi
Publisher: Turnaround, U.K., 1997, ISBN 1-873262-05-1, 212 pages.
Synopsis: A collection of essays about the use and influence of psychedelic drugs on the British culture. Forward by Albert Hoffman. Includes the essays Drugs of Liberation: From Psychiatry to Psychedelia by Anyonio Melechi that discusses R.D. Lang and anti-psychiatry, the essay Altered Sounds by Sheila Whiteley that explores the influences drugs had on music including the Pink Floyd, and the essay Return to Eden by Simon Reynolds that examines the psychedelic era and Pink Floyd's part in it all.
Psychedelia - The Long Strange Trip
Author: Martin Huxley
Publisher: Friedman / Fairfax Publishers, The Life, Times & Music Series, 1995, ISBN 1-56799-227-7, 64 pages.
Synopsis: A look at psychedelic rock bands, with the final chapter on Pink Floyd. This book is issued with a CD of many of the songs by the bands (Pink Floyd is not included on the CD).
Psychedelic Popular Music - A History through Musical Topic Theory
Author: William Echard
Publisher: Indiana University Press, 2017, hardcover, ISBN 978-0-253-02566-1, 291 pages.
Synopsis: A book about the musical meaning and interpretation of psychedelic music. Addresses Pink Floyd in the late 1960s and 1970s, and their various stages of psychedelia.
The Psychedelic Rock Files
Author: Jerry Lucky
Publisher: Collectors Guide Publishing, Inc., 2003, ISBN 1-896522-97-1, 344 pages.
Synopsis: A book about the psychedelic rock period. Includes numerous Pink Floyd references. Features a history of the psychedelic era, a psychedelic timeline, a chapter on pyschedelic posters, light shows, venues, a definition of psychedelic music, and an A to Z listing of psychedelic bands. What a great genre.
Ranters and Crowd Pleasers - Punk in Pop Music, 1977-92
Author: Greil Marcus
Publisher: Doubleday, 1993, hardcover, ISBN 0-385-41720-9, 438 pages.
Synopsis: A collection of articles on punk rock. Includes a mention of punk and Another Brick in the Wall, and a review of the movie Tonite Let's All Make Love in London.
The Rise and Fall of Popular Music - A Narrative History from the Renaissance to Rock n' Roll
Author: Donald Clarke
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, hardcover, 1995, ISBN 0-312-11573-3, 620 pages.
Synopsis: A narrative history of popular music from medieval Europe through the twentieth century. Mention is made of Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, the advent of British progressive rock with Pink Floyd, and Columbia Records luring Pink Floyd away from Capitol Records.
Rock & Roll - an unruly history
Author: Robert Palmer
Publisher: Harmony Books, 1995, hardcover, ISBN 0-517-70050-6, 325 pages.
Synopsis: A companion volume to the PBS television series of the same name, this book takes a look at the history of rock and roll. Chapter 6, Eight Miles High, includes a look at 1967 Britain and talks about Pink Floyd at the UFO Club.
Rock and Roll - A Social History
Author: Paul Friedlander
Publisher: Westview Press, 1996, paperback, ISBN 0-8113-2725-3, 356 pages.
Synopsis: An overview of Rock and Rolls first 35 years with a discography. Includes Pink Floyd as part of the British rock progressive scene and talks about Pink Floyd as theatrical rock.
Rock & Roll - The Music, Musicians, and the Mania
Author: Ted Greenwald
Publisher: Mallard Press, 1992, hardcover, ISBN 0-7924-5765-X, 120 pages.
Synopsis: A large book covering certain periods of rock and roll. Appendix has a listing of Grammy awards. Includes a write up on Pink Floyd and a photo from the 1971 period.
The Rock & Roll Almanac - The Songs, the Stars, the Scandals, the Stories
Author: Mark Bego
Publisher: Macmillan, 1996, 0-02-860432-6, 308 pages.
Synopsis: A look at various rock and roll information, including birth dates, Grammy Award winners, and rock star's former occupations. Includes Pink Floyd listed under Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
Rock and Roll - It's History and Stylistic Development
Author: Joe Stuessy
Publisher: Prentice Hall, 1994, second edition, ISBN: 0-13-782608-7, 434 pages.
Synopsis: An examination of the stylistic development of rock and roll music. Includes a chapter on the 1970s, with a section about Pink Floyd.
Rock and Roll Revealed - The Outrageous Lives of Rock's Biggest Stars
Author: Maryanne Melloan
Publisher: Smithmark, 1993, hardcover, ISBN 0-8317-5159-2, 119 pages.
Synopsis: A large hardcover pictorial book with stories about the lives of various rock and roll stars. Includes a brief write-up on Pink Floyd's use of inflatables and a picture from The Wall live in Berlin.
Rock & Roll Traveler - Great Britain and Ireland
Authors: Ed Glinert and Tim Perry
Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc., 1997, softcover, ISBN 0-679-03118-9, 344 pages.
Synopsis: A travelers' guide to rock and roll sites in Great Britain and Ireland. Entries include a history of the location, how it relates to an artist, and directions on how to get there. Features numerous Pink Floyd landmarks, including the UFO Club, EMI Records, the Marquee, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wembey Stadium, Britannia Row Studios, Alexandra Palace, the Roundhouse, Abbey Road Studios, Battersea Power Station, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Olympia, All Saints Church Hall, BBC Television Centre, Knebworth, The Dome Brighton, The Anchor, Syd Barrett's Birthplace, Syd Barrett's residence in the '50s, the Cambridge Corn Exchange, David Gilmour's birthplace, the Lunatic on the Grass location, Birmingham Town Hall, NEC, various recording studios, and more. Also includes lots of Beatles, Hendrix, and Who locations, as well as record stores, and places to eat.
Rock Atlas - 800 great music locations and the fascinating stories behind them
Author: David Roberts
Publisher: Red Planet Publishing Ltd., March 2015, second edition, softcover, ISBN 978-1-905959-57-0, 488 pages.
Synopsis: A book about music locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including birth places, studios, photo locations and concert venues. Features numerous Pink Floyd locations and stories.
Rock Atlas USA
Author: David Roberts
Publisher: Red Planet Publishing Ltd., November 2013, softcover, ISBN 978-1-9059-5997-6, 288 pages.
Synopsis: A book about music locations in the United States, including birth places, studios, photo locations and concert venues. Features a few Pink Floyd locations and stories.
Rock Family Trees / More Rock Family Trees
Author: Pete Frame
1) Rock Family Trees: Omnibus Press, 1993, softcover with fold-out pages, 60 pages.
2) More Rock Family Trees: Omnibus Press, 1998, softcover with fold-out pages, 34 pages.
Synopsis: An excellent look at the histories of various bands, including personnel changes, discographies, and little known background information.
Rock Family Trees includes histories of Family, Hawkwind, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Genesis, Yardbirds, Traffic, Led Zeppelin, the Kinks, Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Eric Clapton, the Faces, Jeff Beck, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Country Joe & the Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fleetwood Mac, Buffalo Springfield, and many more.
More Rock Family Trees includes family trees for Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground, Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Asia, The Nice, Strawbs, Refugee, Tomorrow, Black Sabbath, The Smiths, Sex Pistols, Buddy Holly, Santana, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jeff Beck, Spirit, and many more.
Rock From the Beginning
Author: Nik Cohn
Publisher: Pocket Book, July 1970, paperback, 216 pages.
Synopsis: The history of rock and roll. Pink Floyd is mentioned as the most serious attempt at local psychedelia. But the author states that they were incredibly loud, and boring almost beyond belief. He adds that Syd Barrett is a good songwriter, but after a time Barrett quit, and from then on the proceedings were all dire.
Authors: Dave Marsh and James Bernard
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 1991, paperback, ISBN 0-671-78700-4, 600 pages.
Synopsis: An entertaining book of rock lists. Includes all sorts of random lists, such as Beatles Firsts, 25 Known for Their Hats, Frank Zappa's Favorite Rock Critics, Best Songs to Pass the Censor, etc. Pink Floyd is included in some of the lists.
Rock 'n' Roll - The Famous Lyrics
Author: Scott Buchanan, editor
Publisher: Harper Perennial, 1994, paperback, ISBN 0-06-273235-8, 320 pages.
Synopsis: Selected lyrics from 1000 famous rock songs with indexes to performers, songwriters, titles and keywords. Includes the Pink Floyd songs Brain Damage, Money, Time, Us and Them, Have a Cigar, Welcome to the Machine, Wish You Were Here, Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2), and Hey You.
Rock On Almanac - The First Four Decades of Rock `n' Roll
Author: Norm N. Nite
Publisher: HarperPerennial, 1992, paperback, ISBN 0-06-273157-2, 581 pages.
Synopsis: A large chronology of Rock and Roll. Every year includes news highlights, sports winners, music highlights, debut artists, hits, top singles, top albums, Grammy winners, births and deaths, movies, pop music concerts on film, other popular movies, academy award winners, and top television shows. Includes mentions of Pink Floyd in 1973, 1979 and 1982.
Rock on the Road
Author: Mick Gold
Publisher: Futura Publications Ltd., 1976, ISBN 0-8600-7323-8, 160 pages.
Synopsis: A book by rock photographer, Mick Gold, that includes interviews and lots of original photographs. Includes 24 pages on Pink Floyd.
The Rock Pack
Authors: James Henke and Ron Meer
Publisher: Universe Publishing, 1998, ISBN 0-7893-0100-8, 12 pages.
Synopsis: A novelty book on the history of rock and roll, presented with pop ups and fold outs, in association with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Includes a mention of Pink Floyd as a Hall of Fame member, and has a Dark Side of the moon album cover insert, and a Wall Live in Berlin stand up. Also comes with a CD that is mostly about Motown and soul, but includes short interviews with Ray Davies and Ray Manzarek.
Rock Stars Cars
Author: David Roberts
Publisher: Red Planet, 2015, hardcover, ISBN 9781905959778, 128 pages.
Synopsis: A look at the various cars owned by rock stars. Features Syd Barrett with his Pontiac Parisienne, Pink Floyd and their GP Beach Buggy, and Nick Mason with his Ferrari 250 GTO and Auto Union Type C.
Rock Stars Do the Dumbest Things
Authors: Margaret Moser and Bill Crawford
Publisher: Renaissance Books, 1998, ISBN 1-58063-023-5, 290 pages.
Synopsis: A look at strange things that have been done by rocks stars and bands. Includes a chapter on Pink Floyd. The things they list are not necessarily dumb, just unusual (for example, the first thing they list under Pink Floyd is the fact that their first single was about a kleptomaniac transvestite.)
Rocking the Classics - English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture
Author: Edward Macan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1997, ISBN 0-19-509888-9, 290 pages.
Synopsis: A book looking at English progressive rock of the 1960s and 1970s, including Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Jethro Tull, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Gentle Giant, Curved Air, Yes and others. Appendix includes listing of bands and discography.
Rocking the State - Rock Music and Politics in Eastern Europe and Russia
Author: Edited by Sabrina Petra Ramet
Publisher: Westview Press, 1994, paperback, ISBN 0-8133-1763-0, 317 pages.
Synopsis: An in-depth look at music and the politics of music in Russia and Eastern Europe. Includes a story on how the government handled a Pink Floyd concert in East Germany, as well as information on the Melodia label and Kugozor magazine.
The Rolling Stone Record Guide
Editors: Edited by Dave Marsh with John Swenson
Publisher: Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, paperback, ISBN 0-394-73535-8, 631 pages.
Synopsis: Reviews and ratings of 10,000 rock, pop, soul, country, blues, jazz, and gospel albums. Includes the Pink Floyd albums A Nice Pair (3 stars), A Saucerfull of Secrets (3 stars), Atom Heart Mother (2 stars), Meddle (4 stars), More (1 star), Obscured by Clouds (2 stars), Relics (1 star), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (2 stars), Ummagumma (3 stars), Animals (4 stars), Dark Side of the Moon (5 stars), and Wish You Were Here (3 stars).