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Pink Floyd drum technician dies

Posted May 5, 2017 by Floydian Slip

Pink Floyd drum technician Clive Brooks has died.

The news was announced by the official Nick Mason Facebook account. “With a heavy heart our Pink Floyd family say(s) farewell to dear Clive Brooks, drum technician extraordinaire, who sadly passed away,” the post reads.

Brooks, a London native, was drummer with bands Uriel, Egg and The Groundhogs in the late-’60s through mid-’70s.

He became a drum technician for Pink Floyd in the ’80s, working on the Momentary Lapse of Reason tour, and The Division Bell album and tour.

He also served as drum tech for Jeff Wayne‘s 2007 “The War of the Worlds” tour, Toto, Robbie Williams and Floyd tribute act The Australian Pink Floyd Show.

According to Wikipedia, on June 13, 1981, opening night of the last leg of “The Wall tour,” Brooks filled in for surrogate band drummer Willie Wilson who was ill.


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Remembering Syd Barrett

Posted July 7, 2016 by Floydian Slip

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Remembering Syd Barrett
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Dark Side voice McCullough dies

Posted June 14, 2016 by Floydian Slip

mcculloughHenry McCullough, whose utterance “I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time” can be heard on Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973), has died.

He was 72 and passed away after a long illness at his home in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland.

McCullough played with Joe Cocker, Donovan, Leon Russell, Ronnie Laine, but, perhaps most famously, with Paul McCartney and Wings.

His contribution to “Dark Side” can be heard at the end of “Money,” recounting an argument he supposedly had with his wife the night before.


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Remembering Syd Barrett

Posted July 7, 2015 by Floydian Slip

Remembering Syd Barrett (Jan. 6, 1946-July 7, 2006)

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Raphael Ravenscroft dies at 60

Posted October 21, 2014 by Floydian Slip

ravenscroftSax player Raphael Ravenscroft died following a suspected heart attack suffered Sunday. He was 60.

Ravenscroft appeared on Pink Floyd‘s “The Final Cut” (1983) and Roger Waters‘s “The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking” (1984). He also played live with David Gilmour during his “About Face” tour in 1984.

His best-known contribution to recorded music is certainly his soaring sax work on Gerry Rafferty‘s “Baker Street” in 1978. A #2 hit in the United States, the song reportedly earned him only £27 for his time. And the check allegedly bounced.

In a 2011 interview, Ravenscroft said his work on that song had always irritated him, “because it’s out of tune. It’s flat. By enough of a degree that it irritates me at best.”

Ravenscroft also worked with Abba, Robert Plant, Marvin Gaye, America, Kim Carnes, Mike Oldfield and many others.


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“The Wall” actor Bob Hoskins dies

Posted April 30, 2014 by Floydian Slip

hoskinsBritish actor Bob Hoskins has died of pneumonia. He was 71.

Though he had more than 100 film credits to his name going back to the early-’70s, Pink Floyd fans might know him best as the manager to Bob Geldof‘s character Pink in 1982’s “Pink Floyd The Wall.”

Hoskins had retired from acting in 2012 after learning he had Parkinson’s disease.


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Pink Floyd stage designer’s estate worth £7 million

Posted January 24, 2014 by Floydian Slip

mark-fisherMark Fisher, who designed elaborate stages for Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, U2 and many others, left behind an estate valued at £7,132,622.

Fisher, who died last year on June 25, designed the original show of “The Wall” in 1980, as well as Roger Waters‘ performance of the show in Berlin, Germany, in 1990 and its most recent world tour in 2010-13.

He also designed for Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour in 1987-89 and The Division Bell shows of ’94.

The £7 million figure was released by the Probate Office in London. The net amount after outstanding debt was settled was £6,835,331, the equivalent of $11.3 million.

See “Pink Floyd stage designer Mark Fisher dies”


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Pink Floyd stage designer Mark Fisher dies

Posted June 26, 2013 by Floydian Slip

Architect Mark Fisher, who made a name for himself designing stages for bands including Pink Floyd, died yesterday at age 66.

He passed away in his sleep at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead with wife, Cristina, at his side, after a long illness.

Fisher designed the original show of “The Wall” in 1980, as well as Roger Waters‘ performance of the show in Berlin, Germany, in 1990 and its most recent world tour in 2010-13. He also designed for Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour in 1987-89 and The Division Bell shows of ’94.

In 1984 he set up the Fisher Park Partnership with Jonathan Park, which he dissolved in 1994 when he established Stufish, the Mark Fisher Studio.

His resume includes work with The Rolling Stones, U2, Tina Turner, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, and Lady Gaga.

He also created designs for theatre productions including “We Will Rock You,” and “Ka” and “Viva Elvis” for Cirque du Soleil.

Fisher was the senior designer for the Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies and was an executive producer of the London 2012 games ceremonies.


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Pink Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson dies

Posted April 19, 2013 by Floydian Slip

Longtime Pink Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson died yesterday at age 69.

Along with Aubrey Powell, he co-founded  design team Hipgnosis in 1967, and went on to became one of history’s most prolific designers of album covers.

Working for some of the best-known recording artists — Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Wings, Black Sabbath, 10cc, Alan Parsons, Al Stewart and countless others — he and his team have been responsible for some of the most lasting images in the iconography of rock and roll, including the sleeve for Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (1973).

During his career he likely created more than 300 sleeves. “I don’t really keep count,” he told Rolling Stone in 2011. “I’m privileged to work with music, so I’m happy to work. … As long as I can keep working, and paying the rent as they call it over in England, then I’m relatively happy.”

A childhood friend of members of Floyd, Thorgerson’s first sleeve for the band was its second album: A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). He would go on to design and photograph many others for the group, including Atom Heart Mother (1970), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988).

His work also included covers for Floyd’s David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright.

Thorgerson died peacefully surrounded by friends and family, who released a statement saying, “He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003. He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children, Adam and Georgia.”

Thorgerson met Floyd’s Gilmour when the two were in their teens. He served as best man at Gilmour’s wedding to Polly Samson.

“He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend,” Gilmour said in a statement.

“The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work.”

Thorgerson was the first of only four guests we’ve welcomed to the “Floydian Slip” radio show in the program’s 20 years. In 1997 we spoke to him via phone from his London studio, following the release of “Mind of Matter: The Images of Pink Floyd.”

Cordial if not a little clownish, his first concern seemed to be for our well-being, considering the trans-Atlantic time difference that required the interview be conduct at 7:30 a.m. our time. “Are you awake?” he asked. “Are you on the ball? Are you focused?” he demanded with a rapid-fire British clip.

You can read the transcript of that interview at floydianslip.com.

Thorgerson’s work for Floyd has been enjoying a renewed appreciation with new variations he created for the Why Pink Floyd? reissue series. His reinterpretations of the “Dark Side” prism for the album’s 40th anniversary last month have been shared widely across the web.


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Storm Thorgerson dead at 69

Posted April 19, 2013 by Floydian Slip

Long-time Pink Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson has died of cancer at 69.

A fuller appreciation will be posted soon.


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