Books & Music.
This began over the summer — I was done with my book, and I really wanted to read something mindless, having nothing to do with Wall Street or Washington DC.
That’s when I started reading Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of “Pink Floyd. To paraphrase, reading about music is like dancing about architecture.
However, it mis much less an abstract experience when you can combine the two.
What made the book so interesting is that many years ago, I had been given as a gift the Shine On [BOX SET].
(I think you can see where this is going).
It is quite an intriguing experience reading about the early days of a seminal rock band, while listening to each of their albums in sequence and simultaneously with each relevant chapter.
This may be terribly obvious, but I had never done this before.
The Pink Floyd book is by Mark Blake, and I am about 2/3rds of the way through it — past the Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and Animals — and its terrific mindless fun.
I don’t know how many BP readers are Floyd fans, but I can imagine it would work for any major artist or band with a significant catalog, a box set, a good biographer, and some Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll in their history: Think the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, CCR, — even the gloved one.
Its a fun way to kill some hours on the beach or where ever you like to chill out.
I will be interesting to see what other combos can be made . . .