Pink Floyd and Philosophy

Author: George A. Reisch

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812697456

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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With their early experiments in psychedelic rock music in the 1960s, and their epic recordings of the 1970s and '80s, Pink Floyd became one of the most influential and recognizable rock bands in history. As "The Pink Floyd Sound," the band created sound and light shows that defined psychedelia in England and inspired similar movements in the Jefferson Airplane's San Francisco and Andy Warhol's New York City. The band's subsequent recordings forged rock music's connections to orchestral music, literature, and philosophy. "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall" ignored pop music's ordinary topics to focus on themes such as madness, existential despair, brutality, alienation, and socially induced psychosis. They also became some of the best-selling recordings of all time. In this collection of essays, sixteen scholars expert in various branches of philosophy set the controls for the heart of the sun to critically examine the themes, concepts, and problems—usually encountered in the pages of Heidegger, Foucault, Sartre, or Orwell—that animate and inspire Pink Floyd's music. These include the meaning of existence, the individual's place in society, the interactions of knowledge and power in education, the contradictions of art and commerce, and the blurry line—the tragic line, in the case of Floyd early member Syd Barrett (died in 2006)—between genius and madness. Having dominated pop music for nearly four decades, Pink Floyd's dynamic and controversial history additionally opens the way for these authors to explore controversies about intellectual property, the nature of authorship, and whether wholes—especially in the case of rock bands—are more than the sums of their parts.

Pink Floyd

Author: Hugh Fielder

Publisher: Race Point Pub

ISBN: 1937994252

Category: Music

Page: 240

View: 7287


DIVA complete illustrated history of one of the most popular rock bands of all time, Pink Floyd. With more than 250 images and a complete discography./div

Pink Floyd

Author: Laura Stassi

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1978505256

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 112

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Tapping into the harmony as well as the discord of the creative process, Pink Floyd was a pioneer in producing concept albums and including pyrotechnics in live performances. Full-color images, fascinating personal facts, and engaging narratives will pull the reader right into the trials and triumphs of Pink Floyd, who even after losing founding member and creative genius Syd Barrett, sold more than two hundred million albums, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and inspired legions of musical performers, including David Bowie and Queen. Readers will discover why more than fifty years after the first album, Pink Floyd continues to attract new generations of fans.

Pink Floyd FAQ

Author: Stuart Shea,Pink Floyd

Publisher: Backbeat Books

ISBN: 1617133949

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 330

View: 6984


(FAQ). More than four decades since their first album, and 35 years after the release of the iconic Dark Side of the Moon , Pink Floyd continue to inspire and mystify rock fans around the world. Pink Floyd FAQ , by pop culture author Stuart Shea, lays out the band's strange, winding history through a new series of prisms. What were the band's most memorable gigs? What are their greatest moments on record, as a group and individually? What contemporary records influenced them, and which performers follow in their wake? What was it like to be at a Pink Floyd show in 1967, in 1973, in 1980? Pink Floyd FAQ tells the band's story, dissects their most popular work, and provides little-known facts, all adding up to a provocative must-read for fans. With pages of stories, history, observation, opinion, photos, and reminiscences from those who were there, Pink Floyd FAQ will discuss frankly what made the band great as well as note their not-so-great moments and their place in modern pop culture, giving credit where credit is due and maybe puncturing some inflatable pigs along the way.

Pink Floyd

Author: Laura S. Jeffrey

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766030305

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 118

View: 8195


"A biography of British rock band Pink Floyd"--Provided by publisher.

Pink Floyd

Author: Todd Kortemeier

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 153217991X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 7405


This history of Pink Floyd highlights the band's career and cultural impact. Readers learn about Pink Floyd's beginnings as a British R&B band, their turn to psychedelic rock, and the creation of iconic albums. Engaging text, historic photographs, and sidebars bring the story to life. Features include a timeline, glossary, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

The Routledge Handbook of Pink Floyd

Author: Chris Hart,Simon A. Morrison

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1000649563

Category: Music

Page: 606

View: 1838


The Routledge Handbook of Pink Floyd is intended for scholars and researchers of popular music, as well as music industry professionals and fans of the band. It brings together international researchers to assess, evaluate and reformulate approaches to the critical study and interpretation of one of the world’s most important and successful bands. For the first time, this Handbook will ‘tear down the wall,’ examining the band’s collective artistic creations and the influence of social, technological, commercial and political environments over several decades on their work. Divided into five parts, the book provides a thoroughly contextualised overview of the musical works of Pink Floyd, including coverage of performance and sound; media, reception and fandom; genre; periods of Pink Floyd’s work; and aesthetics and subjectivity. Drawing on art, design, performance, culture and counterculture, emergent theoretical resources and analytical frames are evaluated and discussed from across the social sciences, humanities and creative arts. The Handbook is intended for scholars and researchers of popular music, as well as music industry professionals. It will appeal across a range of related subjects from music production to cultural studies and media/communication studies.

Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd

Author: Julian Palacios

Publisher: Plexus Publishing

ISBN: 0859658821

Category: Music

Page: 300

View: 9715


Syd Barrett was an English composer and purveyor of some of the most intriguing music ever written. Famous before his twentieth birthday, Barrett led the charge of psychedelia onstage at London’s famed UFO club. With a Fender Telecaster and a primitive Binson echo unit, Barrett liberated the guitar from being, in critic Simon Reynolds’ words, ‘a riff machine, and turned it into a texture and timbre generator.’ His inspired celestial flights of improvisation, and his more structured and whimsical short songs indicated a mind of unusual inventiveness. Chief in Barrett’s mind was a Zen-like insistence on spontaneity; each performance had to be unique, and Barrett strived to push his music farther and farther out into the zone of complete abstraction. This in-depth analysis of Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett’s life and work is the product of years of extensive research. Lost in the Woods traces Syd’s swift evolution from precocious young art student to acid-fuelled psychedelic rock star, and examines the myriad musical and literary influences that he utilised in composing his hypnotic, groundbreaking songs. A never-forgotten casualty of the excesses, innovations, and idealism of the 1960s, Syd Barrett is one of the most heavily mythologized men in rock, and Lost in the Woods offers a rare portrayal of a unique spirit in freefall.

Pink Floyd All the Songs

Author: Jean-Michel Guesdon,Philippe Margotin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316439231

Category: Music

Page: 592

View: 4083


The newest addition to the best-selling All the Songs series details the unique recording history of Pink Floyd, one of the world's most commercially successful and influential rock bands. Since 1965, Pink Floyd been recording sonically experimental and philosophical music, selling more than 250 million records worldwide, including two of the best-selling albums of all time Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. While much is known about this iconic group, few books provide a comprehensive history of their time in the studio. In Pink Floyd All the Songs, authors Margotin and Guesdon describe the origin of their nearly 200 released songs, details from the recording studio, what instruments were used, and behind-the-scenes stories of the tensions that helped drive the band. Organized chronologically by album, this massive, 544-page hardcover begins with their 1967 debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the only one recorded under founding member Syd Barrett's leadership; through the loss of Barrett and the addition of David Gilmour; to Richard Wright leaving the band in 1979 but returning; to Roger Waters leaving in 1985 and the albums recorded since his departure, including their 2014 farewell album, The Endless River, which was downloaded 12 million times on Spotify the week it was released. Packed with more than 500 photos, All the Songs is also filled with stories fans treasure, such as Waters working with engineer Alan Parsons to employ revolutionary recording techniques for The Dark Side of the Moon at Abbey Road Studios in 1972 or producer Bob's Ezrin's contribution in refining Water's original sprawling vision for The Wall.

'Speak to Me': The Legacy of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon

Author: Russell Reising

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351218123

Category: Music

Page: 272

View: 3150


The endurance of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon on the Billboard Top 100 Chart is legendary, and its continuing sales and ongoing radio airplay ensure its inclusion on almost every conceivable list of rock's greatest albums. This collection of essays provides indispensable studies of the monumental 1973 album from a variety of musical, cultural, literary and social perspectives. The development and change of the songs is considered closely, from the earliest recordings through to the live, filmed performance at London's Earls Court in 1994. The band became almost synonymous with audio-visual innovations, and the performances of the album at live shows were spectacular moments of mass-culture although Roger Waters himself spoke out against such mass spectacles. The band's stage performances of the album serve to illustrate the multifaceted and complicated relationship between modern culture and technology. The album is therefore placed within the context of developments in late 1960s/early 1970s popular music, with particular focus on the use of a variety of segues between tracks which give the album a multidimensional unity that is lacking in Pink Floyd's later concept albums. Beginning with 'Breathe' and culminating in 'Eclipse', a tonal and motivic coherence unifies the structure of this modern song cycle. The album is also considered in the light of modern day 'tribute' bands, with a discussion of the social groups who have the strongest response to the music being elaborated alongside the status of mediated representations and their relation to the 'real' Pink Floyd.