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Four-part Pink Floyd podcast – The Lost Art Of Conversation

Available on all podcast platforms from tomorrow (https://pinkfloyd.lnk.to/Podcast) is The Lost Art Of Conversation, an exclusive look at Pink Floyd’s upcoming box set, The Later Years, which is out on December 13th (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/latest/pink-floyd-the-later-years-1987-2019-mega-box-set-revealed.html). To mark the release of The Later Years, David Gilmour gave BBC Radio’s Matt Everitt unprecedented access with his only interview about the project, the result of which is the four part podcast which will be available weekly on Mondays from 25th November, via your chosen podcast service. Covering the material and stories featured in The Later Years box set, the episodes are split into four key themes from the band’s career from 1987 to the present day, delving into the multi-faceted elements of Pink Floyd’s creative output: The Studio
David talks about the band’s return to the jam sessions in the recording studio and embracing new technology when faced with mountains of new advances in synthesisers and other instruments. Artwork
David tells of his ideas for the band’s artwork including how his simple sketch of a single, empty bed was transformed by the artist Storm Thorgerson into the epic image of hundreds of beds on the cover of A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Live Performances
How the band were preparing for the terrifying prospect of the upcoming tour, only added to by
the enormous pressure facing them whilst rehearsing in a massive aircraft hangar at Toronto
airport. Unreleased New Material from the box set
David talks about the many hours of new and rare material included in The Later Years, his memories jogged by watching footage of the band flying around in promotional airships over Miami beach, watching hapless swimmers surrounded by sharks. You can subscribe to this four-part look at The Later Years via PinkFloyd.lnk.to/Podcast (https://pinkfloyd.lnk.to/Podcast) with the episodes available via all normal podcast platforms. More details of The Later Years boxset, and 2LP/1CD highlights packages, can be found here, including ordering links (http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/latest/pink-floyd-the-later-years-1987-2019-mega-box-set-revealed.html). Finally, here’s a teaser for the first episode, which can be heard in full tomorrow:

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Interview: Gracie Martin & The So Beautifuls

New York-based singer-songwriter and producer Gracie Martin will leave you spellbound with her captivating new single, 10%. A song reflecting on the interconnection between a disintegrating relationship and capitalism fatigue, Gracie soulfully questions why she isn’t being given the compensation she deserves – a sentiment masterfully realised in the accompanying music video. I caught up …

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Gerald Scarfe selling his Pink Floyd archive

RollingStone.com (https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/the-wall-artist-gerald-scarfe-pink-floyd-archive-905710/) that the downsizing of his home was behind the decision. I’d like it to go to a good home, [and] if possible, to be kept together. It could probably get cut up and divided, but my ideal would be to sell it to one collector who keeps it, because it’s got every concept of The Wall from when I first met Roger [Waters]. Small notes, sketches and so forth, which I then developed into bigger sketches. I’ve got tapes; I found whole cans of film the other day, rust-covered cans of 35mm film in my attic, just bits of film that go back to Wish You Were Here. Back in 2017, Gerald sold off a few Wall-era items; ‘The Scream’, the focal piece of artwork for the movie, sold for $1.85million, one of the most expensive non-instrument items in rock history, as RS point out. I didn’t want to let ‘The Scream’ go, but when I saw the price… noted Gerald. The upcoming sale, via the San Francisco Art Exchange, will consist of an incredible 3,000-plus items of sketches, paintings, storyboards, memorabilia, animation cels, stage props, and more. RS notes that Scarfe’s archive collects everything from the five-year stretch that bridges Waters’ doorstep arrival with the demo tapes to the aftermath of The Wall’s Alan Parker-directed 1982 film adaptation: The early hand-drawn sketches, the paintings that feature inside The Wall‘s vinyl gatefold, storyboards, film scripts complete with Scarfe’s illustrations, props from both the extravagant Wall tour and the film. Scarfe’s collection also boasts ‘five years of ephemera’ that ranges from Scarfe’s framed The Wall gold records, figurines, backstage passes, a custom-made Wall tour jacket and some obscure items from the film shoot. Quite a collection, which is sure to have a lot of Floyd fans salivating! It would be great if it could be kept together, and form a new exhibition to complement Their Mortal Remains. We suspect the cost of purchasing the entire thing would be somewhat prohibitive though…one can dream though. Let us know what you’d want to buy from the sale, money no object!

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Gerald Scarfe: Long Drawn Out Trip & Sixty Years of Being Rude – two new books

Amazon UK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1408711559/braindamage-21), Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1408711559/braindamage-20), Amazon Canada (http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1408711559/braindamageon-20), Amazon France (http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/1408711559/braindamageon-21), Amazon Germany (http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/1408711559/braindamage0f-21), Amazon Spain (http://www.amazon.es/gp/product/1408711559/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8 tag=braidama01-21 linkCode=as2 camp=3626 creative=24822 creativeASIN=1408711559) and Amazon Italy (http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/1408711559/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8 camp=3370 creative=24114 creativeASIN=1408711559%201 linkCode=as2 tag=bradamonl-21). Long Drawn Out Trip is followed by another book, designed to complement it – Scarfe: Sixty Years of Being Rude, an incredible looking, fully illustrated retrospective art book which is coming next month. This 576 page book isn’t cheap, although looks well worth considering. It can be pre-ordered through Amazon, although please note the price varies considerably from store to store at the moment, so it might be worth shopping around to find an Amazon store with a cheaper price for you! Here’s the direct links: Amazon UK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1408711710/braindamage-21), Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1408711710/braindamage-20), Amazon Canada (http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1408711710/braindamageon-20), Amazon France (http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/1408711710/braindamageon-21), Amazon Germany (http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/1408711710/braindamage0f-21), Amazon Spain (http://www.amazon.es/gp/product/1408711710/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8 tag=braidama01-21 linkCode=as2 camp=3626 creative=24822 creativeASIN=1408711710) and Amazon Italy (http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/1408711710/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8 camp=3370 creative=24114 creativeASIN=1408711710 linkCode=as2 tag=bradamonl-21). However, if you really want to treat yourself, there are a couple of very special, exclusive editions available at ScarfeBook.com (http://www.scarfebook.com). Both editions from that website contain a signed print, and the Artist’s Edition also includes an original piece of Scarfe’s unique artwork! COMPETITION: With thanks to the publishers, we have three copies of Gerald’s Long Drawn Out Trip to give away in our latest competition! To enter, all you need to do is answer this question correctly: What was the first piece of work undertaken for Pink Floyd by Gerald? Email your answer to Matt@Brain-Damage.co.uk with the subject line of Gerald Scarfe book competition , and include your name and full mailing address. The closing date is November 11th, 2019, and all entries received by the end of that date will be in with a chance of winning. Just one entry per household please – and best of luck to you all!