12 years ago, Guy Pratt first came to the Fringe to share his stories of life at the pointy end of the music business. Since then, he’s travelled the world with them to great acclaim, and been busy collecting new ones in his day job as bass player to the stars. Come and hear a rollicking and riotous retelling of a reckless rock’n’roll life. ‘Wonderfully indiscreet’ (Mojo). ‘A natural raconteur with a droll turn of phrase’ (Guardian).
Guys performances take place at the Frankenstein Pub (Venue 304), Edinburgh, United Kingdom and are from 5pm Daily from August 14 – 20th and the 22nd – 27th.
(Interview above dates August 27th 2007 celebrating 10 years this month)
50 years ago on the 5th August 1967 Pink Floyd released their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. It came out two years after the band formed and is the only full album recorded with Syd Barrett. It was not only an album that tapped into the psychedelia of their live performances of the time, it also had the experimental elements that would come to define their sound. Like the use of acousmatic audio—seemingly random or fragmented sounds—and musique concrète.The recording took place at Abbey Road studios. The album was produced by Beatles producer Norman Smith and was recorded at the same time, in the next studio, that the Beatles were recording Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
In his memoir, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd, Nick Mason recalls that the recording of it seemed relaxed. He notes that they were finishing songs in just one or two days, recording in three hour blocks in the morning, afternoon and evening. Then they’d go off and do gigs.
In fact Mason notes how the album was very much influenced by the sound of their live shows at the time, which were taking place at legendary venues like the UFO Club and the Roundhouse. Mason saying they were “effectively recording our live set” while noting that “listening to Piper now gives a rough indication of the set list we’d been playing [at the clubs].”
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn went on to become a top 10 album in the UK on its release, climbing to No. 6. It has gone on to become a classic of 1960s psychedelia and a cherished LP from the band, especially due to Syd Barrett’s input. At the time the Record Mirror said, “the psychedelic image of the group really comes to life on this LP, which is a fine showcase for both their talent and the recording technique. Plenty of mind blowing sound, both blatant and subtle here, and the whole thing is extremely well performed.”
Excerpts from an article posted by Rockarchive.com you can read the article in full by heading over to there website by clicking here
“One of my oldest friends, Nick Sedgwick, died in August of 2011 of brain cancer. I miss him a lot. I share this sad news with you all for a good reason.
He leaves behind a manuscript, IN THE PINK (not a hunting memoir).
His memoir traces the unfolding of events in 1974 and 1975 concerning both me and Pink Floyd. In the summer of 1974 Nick accompanied me, and my then wife Judy, to Greece. We spent the whole summer there and Nick witnessed the beginnings of the end of that marriage.
That autumn he travelled with Pink Floyd all round England on The Dark Side Of The Moon Tour. He carried a cassette recorder on which he recorded many conversations and documented the progress of the tour. In the spring of 1975 he came to America with the band and includes his recollections of that time also.
When Nick finished the work in 1975 there was some resistance in the band to its publication, not surprising really as none of us comes out of it very well, it’s a bit warts and all, so it never saw the light of day.
It was Nick’s wish that it be made available to all those interested in that bit of Pink Floyd history. All proceeds will go to Nick’s family.