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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Pink Floyd

ISBN 9780367338282
Published September 19, 2022 by Routledge
516 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Pink Floyd is intended for scholars and researchers of popular music, as well as music industry professionals and fans of the band. It brings together international researchers to assess, evaluate and reformulate approaches to the critical study and interpretation of one of the world’s most important and successful bands. For the first time, this Handbook will ‘tear down the wall,’ examining the band’s collective artistic creations and the influence of social, technological, commercial and political environments over several decades on their work. Divided into five parts, the book provides a thoroughly contextualised overview of the musical works of Pink Floyd, including coverage of performance and sound; media, reception and fandom; genre; periods of Pink Floyd’s work; and aesthetics and subjectivity. Drawing on art, design, performance, culture and counterculture, emergent theoretical resources and analytical frames are evaluated and discussed from across the social sciences, humanities and creative arts. The Handbook is intended for scholars and researchers of popular music, as well as music industry professionals. It will appeal across a range of related subjects from music production to cultural studies and media/communication studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "What Happened to the Post-War Dream?" The Story of Pink Floyd

Companions to the Albums of Pink Floyd and Sources on Pink Floyd

Chris Hart and Simon A. Morrison


Performance & Sound

1 A Cartographical Companion to Listening and Understanding the Songs of Pink Floyd

Chris Hart

2 A Saucerful of Secrets: Pink Floyd, Free Improvisation and Collective Composition

John Encarnacao

3 David Gilmour: Defining the ‘Melodic’ Guitarist

Richard Perks

4 Planet Floyd: The Evolution of Pink Floyd's Live Performances

David Pattie

5 Back to the UFO: Pink Floyd, The Division Bell Tour (1994), and the Retrofied Aesthetics of Psychedelia

Kimi Kärki



Media, Reception & Fandom

6 Original Soundtracks: Pink Floyd in the Movies

Philippe Gonin

7 ‘Us and Them’: Pink Floyd and the British Music Media

Simon A. Morrison

8 Visual Coverscapes: Why Pink Floyd Album Covers Don’t Have Types

Cinla Seker with Chris Hart

9 Pink Floyd Memories and Memorability: 'A personal essay on fandom and collecting'

Bob Follen



10 In Search of Space (Rock): Pink Floyd and Generic Formation in Popular Music

Tico Romao

11 ‘On The Run’: The Birth of Electronic Dance Music?

Jim J. Mason

12 More Punk than Pink: Pink Floyd’s Relationship with 1970s UK Punk

Martin James

13 Pink Floyd: The Musical Elements

David J. Detmer



Periods of Pink Floyd’s Work

14 The Psychedelic Self at Play: Re-reading Whimsy in the Early Music of Pink Floyd

James Barrett

15 Legacy Recre/ation: Mining the Elements in the Archive of The Early Years Boxset

Rob Chapman

16 Cruising for a ‘bruising’: How The Dark Side Of The Moon Made Pink Floyd Successful Beyond their Wildest Dreams and Instigated their Downfall

Daryl Easlea 

17 Pink Floyd’s ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ and the Stage Theory of Grief

Gilad Cohen

18 ‘A certain unease in the air’: Transitional Aspects of Pink Floyd’s Animals

Edward Macan

19 Behind The Wall: A Tool for Condemning Totalitarianism

Jean-Rene Larue

20 Hey You! Subjectivity and the Ideological Repressive State Apparatuses in Pink Floyd’s

The Wall

Tina Richardson

21 Truth and Manipulation in Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut

Glenn Fosbraey



Aesthetics & Subjectivity

22 ‘Meadows, Relics, and Victorian Dolls’ Houses – Places, Ephemera, and the Unreal

Realities of Pink Floyd’

Peter Hughes Jachimiak

23 The Pink Floyd Intensity: Humanity, Aesthetics and the Breathless Fan

Robert Wilsmore

24 The Cultural Legacy of Syd Barrett's English Pastoral

Simon Gwyn Roberts

25 Temporal Structuration in Pink Floyd’s The Wall

Vesa-Matti Sarenius, Marian Tumanyan and Chris Hart

26 A Temporal Journey Through Pink Floyd’s Music

Gilad Cohen

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Chris Hart is an independent author and researcher. Chris has been senior researcher on several international research projects, working with major global brands across Europe.

Simon A. Morrison is a writer, academic and Programme Leader for Music Journalism at the University of Chester.