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Julian Palacios – Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd: Dark Globe

Posted by StepTb su gennaio 12, 2011

Plexus Publishing Ltd., 2010 (first published 1962)
448 pagine

A must read for any rock fan.
One of the best books about a rock artist I’ve ever read. A reconstruction filled with details, infos, notes and references; musical analyses are correct and not exaggerated; and, above all, it puts things in relation with all the other great artists and events of those years in the psych/experimental rock field: the influence of The Byrds and The Fugs on Barrett’s songwriting, the role of DJ John Peel, gigs, live performances, strange friends, etc. You’ll never read a book like that about The Beatles, because real comparisons would make them sound much more naive and less original than what mainstream people still think they were, but Barrett was truly one of the giants, so even his fans will enjoy a necessary historical perspective.
I strongly recommend this 2nd edition, Dark Globe (an improved version of Lost in the Woods, title of the 1st edition), to any fan of rock music in general, not only of Barrett or Floyd.

8/10

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