Which is the best book on Pink Floyd band’s and its members’ history?

Which is the best book on Pink Floyd band’s and its members’ history?

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  1. Thanks for the A2A.
    Nick Mason’s book “Inside Out” is quite possibly the definitive book on the band’s history and it offers a lot of insight into the individual members.
    I am not aware of any books that talk about all of their childhoods, or anything, if that’s what you mean.
    Other good books on this subject:
    “Bricks in the Wall” by Karl Dallas
    “Roger Waters: The Man Behind The Wall” by Dave Thompson (Offers the personal history of one of the band members.)

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  2. I enjoyed “Inside Out” by Nick Mason, a huge coffee table book with a wealth of fascinating images. As the drummer, however, Mason doesn’t have a lot of insight into the creative process of how Floyd’s music was made, lyrically or musically. He does, however, have a lot to say about the interactions between bandmates and other external forces, and quite a bit of technical info on how the music was created. He also doesn’t take himself very seriously.
    For a more comprehensive look at the band, with a fascinating focus on the early years with Syd Barrett and his eventual personal destruction, I recommend “Saucerful of Secrets” by Nicholas Schaffner. It really drills down into the very formation and formative years of Pink Floyd, and how the events that happened reverberated down through the years as they became the biggest name in alt music.

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