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Pigs Might Fly
by Mark Blake

In July 2005 in Hyde Park, before a global audience in the tens of millions, Pink Floyd performed together on stage for the first time in 24 years. As even Bob Geldof himself acknowledged, it was "a far bigger story than 'Live 8' itself". From the moment the metronomic pulse of a human heartbeat thudded out to begin 'Speak To Me' to the soaring guitar solo by David Gilmour that climaxed 'Comfortably Numb', these four self-effacing men in their late fifties stole the show.

Mark Blake tells the complete story of how a group of middle-class Englishmen who grew up together in Cambridge went on to conquer the world, drawing on his own interviews with all of the band members, plus almost a hundred new interviews with the group's friends, road crew, producers, designers, former housemates and university colleagues — some of whom have never spoken before — as well as musical contemporaries including Pete Townshend and Alice Cooper.

Meticulous, exacting and ambitious, 'Pigs Might Fly' is a fascinating account of this most adventurous, and at the same time most English of rock bands.


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