Sad to report that Alan Styles passed away yesterday in a US hospital, aged 75, after suffering from pneumonia. Alan was one of Pink Floyd's main road managers for many years, and is the subject of Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast
on the Floyd's album Atom Heart Mother, where he can be heard describing his breakfast experience.
He is shown on the back cover of Ummagumma, and in the picture above, standing on the left, next to Peter Watts and Roger Waters.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
EMI Music has announced the start of the UK's first ever national Pink Floyd
Treasure Hunt, inviting fans on a journey to search out and find hidden posters of all
14 Pink Floyd studio album sleeves in major towns and cities around the UK.
This continues EMI's massive 'Why Pink Floyd?' Remasters and reissues initiative that has seen the release of special editions of key Pink Floyd albums and remastered versions of all 14 studio albums. The treasure hunt invites fans to find one of 14 posters spread throughout 11 UK towns and cities across Great Britain for the chance to win a fantastic Cambridge Audio NP30 Network streaming music player plus a whole host of Pink Floyd limited edition box sets.
To enter, fans simply locate one of the posters, take a picture of themselves with the poster, and upload the picture to www.webdoc.com/pinkfloyd, where they will be able to enter a competition to win a Cambridge Audio NP30 streaming music player, a 'Discovery' box set featuring brand new 2011 digital remasters of all 14 Pink Floyd studio albums, plus incredible box sets of The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here. Five runners up will each win a copy of the 14-album 'Discovery' box set. Additionally, their photo will be added to the Pink Floyd treasure hunt gallery where fans can comment and share with their friends & followers.
Participants only need to find one poster to enter the competition and stand a chance of winning these great prizes, but if they are able to find more, then each new poster upload gives them the chance of another entry. For clues as to where to find the posters, fans should go to www.webdoc.com/pinkfloyd and begin their trail of rock discovery. Details of the locations and further clues will be seeded across Facebook and Twitter.
The 14 classic Pink Floyd studio albums featured in this groundbreaking competition are: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn; A Saucerful Of Secrets; More; Ummagumma; Atom Heart Mother; Meddle; Obscured By Clouds; The Dark Side Of The Moon; Wish You Were Here; Animals; The Wall; The Final Cut; A Momentary Lapse Of Reason; and The Division Bell.
The competition closes on Monday 12th December 2011.
Monday 14th November sees the launch of Pink Floyd's first
App for Apple devices This Day In Pink Floyd. Available through
the 120 worldwide iTunes stores for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch,
at £1.99 (UK), $2.99 (USA), and an equivalent local price elsewhere,
the application is designed to provide an involving experience, with
information on the band's activities on every day of the year,
trivia, an interactive quiz and complete song notes for every studio
track released by Pink Floyd 167 songs in total.
The App also includes much Pink Floyd imagery, expandable to the touch, a free ringtone of 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond', wallpaper of two classic Pink Floyd images and an embedded copy of the newly-restored 'Point Me At The Sky' video from 1968. It has a link to the user's iTunes library directly from each Song Note, so Pink Floyd tracks can be played while reading about the band's entire catalogue, and if the track is not in the user's library, there is link to purchase it from the iTunes Store. Other links in the App include the official Website and FaceBook pages and all the band members' Websites. Please click on the above icon to view a short film about the App.
The making of Wish You Were Here is covered in depth on North American syndicated Rock radio in the long-established show
In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.
Presenter Redbeard explores the release of the Wish You Were Here Immersion five-disc box set with interviews from David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters. Hosted by Redbeard, In The Studio can be heard on more than 50 radio stations across North America this weekend. For details of the stations and broadcast times, please click here to see the affiliate station list. In The Studio's Website is at www.inthestudio.net.
The NBC television show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Monday-Friday, 12.35 am ET) is in the middle of a week-long Pink Floyd celebration, which has already seen appearances by Nick Mason and Roger Waters.
On Monday, Nick was interviewed by Jimmy Fallon and answered viewers' Twitter questions. On Wednesday, Roger took to the stage with the Foo Fighters for a storming rendition of 'In The Flesh' followed by an interview where he not only talked about the infamous Pat Boone show but also confirmed that he was taking 'The Wall' back to North America next year.
The complete Pink Floyd Week schedule is:
London commuters were bemused this morning when, as promised, a new pig was floated above Battersea Power Station to mark the launch of the 'Why Pink Floyd?' campaign of 2011 remasters and collectors' editions. The Animals sleeve was recreated with the 2011 version of 'Algie' (the original has been put out to pasture) successfully inflated under grey skies, to amaze and astound passers by.
Every hour, on the hour, between now and September 28th, you can hear Pink Floyd's performance of The Dark Side Of The Moon from Wembley 1974, accompanied by some of the original concert screen films, and connect with fans across the world who are also watching and commenting with you.
EMI Music have just confirmed that on Monday 26th September they will launch the 'Why Pink Floyd...?' campaign of 2011 remasters and collectors' editions by recreating the legendary Pink Floyd Animals sleeve. They will be floating a second v ersion of the iconic Pink Floyd pig (nicknamed 'Algie' in December 1976), above Battersea Power Station. The new animal has been manufactured at the same German factory that created the original, and it will be the first time in 35 years for a Pink Floyd pig to fly above the London landmark weather permitting, of course.
In aid of UK homeless persons' charity Crisis, Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason have signed a guitar, specially hand painted by Ian Emes, creator of the animated clocks on the 'Time' screen film. Ian's clocks from the 'Time' live segment, floating into the infinity of a blue sky, is one of the screen images that added to the experience of Pink Floyd's live shows. Ian kindly recreated the clocks on to a Fender American Standard Stratocaster guitar that has been signed by the band and Ian himself, and the guitar is for sale on the Charity Buzz auction Web site with all proceeds going directly to Crisis.
Click here to be taken directly to the guitar; the auction opened today and closes on Thursday 14th July at 2:45PM Eastern Time, (7:45PM GMT). If you wish to make a separate donation to Crisis, their Web site is here.
Pink Floyd and EMI Music, whose association dates from 1967, announce a comprehensive release schedule, to be launched on September 26, 2011, encompassing CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, SACD, an array of digital formats, viral marketing, iPhone Apps, and a brand-new single-album "Best Of" collection.
The legendary band, who are still one of the most successful and iconic artists of all time, recently signed an agreement with EMI which has allowed the development of a multi-format programme of packages, many containing archive material that has been collated during an extensive process between EMI and Pink Floyd for a range of media formats.
The releases, under the banner Why Pink Floyd?, are designed to appeal to a wide cross section of their fans, with music to excite first time listeners, while super-deluxe box sets will cater to dedicated fans, allowing them to immerse themselves in multi-disc sets, containing alternate takes, unreleased tracks, restored live concert screen films and a live recording of the legendary The Dark Side Of The Moon performance at Wembley in 1974.
A series of different listening experiences have been specially created for this release: in addition to remastered CDs called 'Discovery' and the 'Immersion' CD/DVD/Blu-ray memorabilia box sets will be a series of 'Experience' Editions coupling one classic album with a further disc of related content from that album to offer a deeper listening experience.
Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI Group, said: "This is a unique collaboration between EMI and one of the most creative and influential bands in history. We have worked together for more than a year on this programme which incorporates all the elements that have made Pink Floyd one of the most inspiring forces in modern music. Why Pink Floyd? Because their music is without equal and these exciting new releases will allow music fans to rediscover their incredible legacy and demonstrate that an appreciation for artistic quality never goes out of fashion".
Storm Thorgerson, the band's longtime Art Director, has overseen the visual design, including new booklets for all the CDs, new artwork for the box sets and men us for the DVD content. Respected photographer Jill Furmanovsky, has edited books of original unseen photographs. Pink Floyd collaborators James Guthrie (in the US) and Andy Jackson (in the UK) have been in charge of digital remastering to the highest audio and audiovisual standards.
Pink Floyd film archivist Lana Topham has supervised the painstaking restoration of many historic films from Pink Floyd's classic era, included in the 'Immersion' box sets for 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' and 'Wish You Were Here'.
First to be available on 26 September 2011 will be:
Expanded deluxe and special edition versions of Pink Floyd masterwork The Dark Side Of The Moon, in a 6-disc 'Immersion' box set and 'Experience' 2-disc versions, as well as a collectors' Vinyl LP and various digital formats. Plus 14 studio albums, digitally remastered will be available separately or as a box set.
Other initiatives will include a digital marketing plan utilising user-generated content to allow fans to make their own creative contributions to the band's music, plus iPhone Apps which will give a unique insight into Pink Floyd's recorded legacy.
On 7 November 2011, Phase 2 of the releases will include:
Wish You Were Here 'Immersion' 5-disc and 'Experience' 2-disc editions, both of which will include bonus material from the band's 1974 Wembley dates, including a 20-minute tour de force live rendition of 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond', as well as a unique recording of 'Wish You Were Here' featuring the legendary jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. A collectors' Vinyl LP will also be available, as will various digital formats.
Released simultaneously will be A Foot In The Door The Best Of Pink Floyd, a collection of their most well-known songs, contained on one album for the first time.
The long-awaited 5.1 version of 'Wish You Were Here', mixed by James Guthrie, will also be released in parallel via independent label Acoustic Sounds.
The Wall, which has sold 25-million double sets and has become a cultural and political touchstone over the last three decades, will be afforded the same exhaustive treatment on February 27, 2012, with deluxe packages including a 7-disc 'Immersion' set and a 3-disc 'Experience' edition. A collectors' Vinyl LP will also be available, as will various digital formats.
Pink Floyd's official Web site, www.pinkfloyd.com, will be given a substantial relaunch from today. Pink Floyd's Facebook page now has over 11 million followers.
September 26 2011:
All 14 remastered studio albums 'Discovery' editions
Box-set of all 14 albums with photo book
Audio downloads of 'Discovery' albums and box-set
The Dark Side of The Moon 'Immersion' and 'Experience' editions, Vinyl LP, and digital editions
November 7 2011:
A Foot In The Door The Best of Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here 'Immersion' and 'Experience' editions, Vinyl LP, and digital editions
February 27 2012:
The Wall 'Immersion' and 'Experience' editions, Vinyl LP, and digital editions
In 1967 the band comprised Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. Barrett left in 1968, to be replaced by David Gilmour.
Syd Barrett died in 2006; Richard Wright died in 2008. Pink Floyd have sold over 200 million records worldwide to date.