Combining interviews with the members of the band itself and those who knew them and worked with them, Mark Blake gives us what the title promises: the inside story of Pink Floyd, one of the truly legendary rock bands of the 1970s. This was not an easy book to write. Prising out information about Pink Floyd is sort of like shucking an oyster: what’s inside might managed to come out but it sure doesn’t want to. It’s a pretty secretive bunch, the members of Pink Floyd, but Blake has managed to put together a real story of their history, meticulously researched, covering the group’s origins in the late 1960s, through their time at UFO and Abbey Road and on the British underground scene, to the watershed release of Piper at the Gates of Dawn, to their 1970s high point where they filled sports stadiums at concerts and sold over 200 million records, and on from there all the way to 2007.
The inside story of one of the truly innovative bands in rock history
I found stories in this book that I’d never heard before and that I don’t think have ever seen print before. The book is extensively researched and obviously took a long time and a lot of work. There are personal details from anonymous sources that can’t have been easy to tease out. But this isn’t just a celebrity dish. The book does plenty of justice to the work of one of the most cerebral and innovative of bands in the history of rock. Very comprehensive, covering the band’s entire career as well as that of its individual members in their solo efforts both during and after their time with Pink Floyd. As I’ve been a big fan of Pink Floyd for years, I found this book fascinating. Pink Floyd is one of the very few bands that came out of the underground scene and made it big without in any way dumbing down their work for a mass audience. Comfortably Numb tells the inside story of how that was done and what the band went through in the process of doing it.