Reinventing Pink Floyd (Hardcover)

From Syd Barrett to the Dark Side of the Moon

By Bill Kopp, Jerry Shirley (Foreword by)

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 9781538108277, 260pp.

Publication Date: February 9, 2018

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In celebration of the 45th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon, Bill Kopp explores the ingenuity with which Pink Floyd rebranded itself following the 1968 departure of Syd Barrett. Not only did the band survive Barrett's departure, but it went on to release landmark albums that continue to influence generations of musicians and fans. Reinventing Pink Floyd follows the path taken by the remaining band members to establish a musical identity, develop a songwriting style, and create a new template for the manner in which albums are made and even enjoyed by listeners. As veteran music journalist Bill Kopp illustrates, that path was filled with failed experiments, creative blind alleys, one-off musical excursions, abortive collaborations, general restlessness, and--most importantly--a dedicated search for a distinctive musical personality. This exciting guide to the works of 1968 through 1973 highlights key innovations and musical breakthroughs of lasting influence. Kopp places Pink Floyd in its historical, cultural, and musical contexts while celebrating the test of fire that took the band from the brink of demise to enduring superstardom.

About the Author

Bill Kopp is a lifelong music enthusiast, musician, collector, and music journalist. His writing has been featured in music magazines including Bass Guitar, Record Collector, Prog, and Shindig! (all in Great Britain), as well as Billboard, Electronic Musician, Goldmine, Trouser Press, Ugly Things, and more than a dozen alternative weekly newspapers. He is the Jazz Desk Editor and Prog Editor at BLURT online and has written liner note essays for 20 albums, including titles by Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Larry Coryell, Edgar Winter, Rick Wakeman, the Ventures, Dave Mason, and Iron Butterfly. He has interviewed several hundred musicians and music industry figures of note, and his blog features thousands of music reviews, essays, and interviews. Follow him on Twitter @the_musoscribe.

Praise For Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to the Dark Side of the Moon

"What makes Bill’s book stand apart from the rest – and what made me decide to contribute – is the fact that he is a musician himself...Bill has written knowledgeable, well-informed, conscientious and sensitive chapters." -- Jerry Shirley, drummer for Humble Pie and session player on Syd Barrett's solo albums