348 pp., 16 pp. glossy b&w photos. Text clean. One word highlighted on preliminary page. Roughness and small tear along top edge of front cover near spine, small chip on fore edge. Several page corners creased. Spine uncreased. A comprehensive account of the rise of Pink Floyd and the mental breakdown of Syd Barrett. Schaffner, who wrote extensively on the rock scene and composed music for films and plays, died of AIDs at 38.
"Saucerful of Secrets" is the first in-depth biography of this very private group. At the heart of the saga is Syd Barrett, the group's brilliant founder, whose public decline into shattered incoherence--attributable in part to his marathon use of LSD--is one of the tragedies of rock history. The making of "Dark Side of the Moon" and Floyd's other great albums is recounted in detail, as are the mounting of "The Wall" and the creation of the flying pigs, crashing planes, "Mr. Screen" and the other elements of their spectacular stage shows. The book also explores the many battles between bass player/song writer Roger Waters and the rest of the group, leading up to Water's acrimonious departure for a solo career in 1984 and his unsuccessful attempt to disolve the group he had left behind.
"Saucerful of Secrets" is an electrifying account of this ground-breaking, mind-bending group, covering every period of their career from earliest days to latest recordings. It is full of revealing information that will be treasured by all who love Pink Floyd's music.