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inside outNick Mason to publish long-delayed book
"Inside Out" first book about Pink Floyd written by a member of band

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's long-delayed "Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd" will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson on Sept. 9.

The 360-page memoir will be the first book written about the band by a member of the group.

"I started making notes for this book in 1994," Mason tells Mojo magazine. "We had just finished a world tour, and for the first time in months I was not involved in trying to stuff another bundle of free T-shirts, tour jackets, hotel soaps and towelling robes into my suitcase. I thought it was time to deal with the questions I'd been asked 30-odd-years: 'How did the band get its name?', 'Where's Syd?', 'What's it really like?'

"It's only taken 10 years to come up with some answers, to be honest about the triumphs and the shambles that make up a band's life."

The book features cover art by long-time Floyd designer Storm Thorgerson. It contains 250 photographs, including previously unpublished pictures of the band at an early rehearsal at the Regent Street Poly, when the group called itself Sigma 6.

Guitarist David Gilmour is reported to have tried to stop the book in 1995 — preferring an official biographer write it with input from all three remaining members.

The title's been listed at online retail outlets off and on ever since, causing speculation about the book's actual publication date. A hardcover version is listed now at Amazon U.K. for £21. A paperback version, listed for sale starting Oct. 6, 2005, goes for £9.99.

Addendum: The paperback was published in the U.S. April 1, 2005. Order your copy online now.

(Posted: July 15, 2004)

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