7 June 2015
POLLY SAMSON AND DAVID GILMOUR FETED AT LITERARY FESTIVAL
Polly Samson and David Gilmour were special guests at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas in County Carlow, Ireland, on June 6th.
In a session entitled 'Louder Than Words', they touched on lyric writing and the nature of creativity, amongst other topics.
As well as discussion on the process of writing lyrics for both On An Island
and The Division Bell
, Polly expanded on the
collaborative nature of her writing for David and Pink Floyd, and how rewarding it has proved to be. Questions from the floor inevitably
centred on David Gilmour's forthcoming album, and alongside praise for contributors and album co-producer Phil Manzanera, David and Polly
revealed that the title will be Rattle That Lock
28 May 2015
ROGER AND NICK UNVEIL SECOND REGENT STREET HERITAGE PLAQUE
on Regent Street, London, Roger Waters and Nick Mason unveiled the second Regent Street Heritage Plaque to
mark the site of the former Regent Street Polytechnic at 309 Regent Street where they met. As any Floyd fan knows,
while studying architecture between 1962 and 1965, Roger, Nick and Richard Wright met and formed a band, originally
called Sigma 6, which first performed in the college Common Room and at fellow students' parties.
In a recent interview, Roger said he felt "enormously privileged" to have a plaque erected on Regent Street in the band's
honour. Nick said: "Studying at the Regent Street Polytechnic introduced me to some of the key people and biggest collaborators
in my career, many of whom I have been lucky enough to work with over the last 50 years. Three of the founding members of Pink Floyd
met there, so in essence we were formed under the roof of the Polytechnic. We rehearsed in the Common Room in the basement and played
some of our first performances there. Not only did studying architecture give us an invaluable introduction to art and technology, but
it also gave us an opportunity to develop, through what would now be called a 'government funded initiative' but was then called
a 'student grant'. We are of course honoured to be recognised in this way and I have to add astonished; it was unclear in 1965
that a life time in music beckoned".
for a link to BBC Radio 4's piece from this morning, 28th May.
There is also a feature on BBC Radio 4's Front Row
at 7.15pm. tonight. Listen live or via the BBC iPlayer in the
UK. On Twitter: @bbcfrontrow
Photo: Dave Parry, PA.
12 March 2015
POLLY SAMSON'S THE KINDNESS PUBLISHED TODAY
Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island
, The Division Bell
, and The Endless River
) has seen her
novel The Kindness
published in hardback in the UK today. It will be available on 5th May in Australia, and in the USA
on 21st July.
Early reviews have described it as a 'beautifully-written and intricately-constructed piece of writing' and a 'gorgeously chilling
novel about grief and betrayal'. You can order The Kindness
in the UK
, and pre-order
in Australia here
in the USA here
for some recent features, including BBC Radio 4's Front Row
and spreads in You
magazine, the UK Sunday Times
, and The Guardian
for news of some of Polly's literary events.
4 March 2015
DAVID GILMOUR ANNOUNCES 2015 TOUR DATES AND NEW SOLO ALBUM
It was announced today that tickets will go on sale at 10.00am GMT on Friday 6th March
for David Gilmour's first tour dates in nine years. The UK and European shows, planned for
September 2015, will coincide with the release of his, as yet untitled, fourth solo studio album,
which follows the platinum and UK Number 1 album On An Island
The shows kick off at the historic Roman amphitheatre in Pula, Croatia, on 12th September, and
continue through some of the world's most beautiful cities and venues. Other places to be visited
, Italy (Verona Arena, Sept. 14); Florence
, Italy (Teatro Le Mulina, Sept. 15); Orange
France (Theatre Antique, Sept. 17); and Oberhausen
in Germany (Konig-Pilsner-Arena, Sept. 19). David
then undertakes three consecutive nights at the sumptuous Royal Albert Hall in London
on 23, 24 and 25
For full details, go to davidgilmour.com
David's new solo album follows the worldwide success of Pink Floyd's final album The Endless River
hit the Number 1 chart position in 21 countries around the world, and was one of the UK's Top 10 best-selling albums
of 2014. Pink Floyd have also just been named by IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) as the
seventh top-selling artist globally in 2014.
3 March 2015
'THE KINDNESS' PUBLISHED NEXT WEEK
Novelist Polly Samson (lyricist for On An Island
The Division Bell
and The Endless River
will see her novel The Kindness
in hardback on 12th March in the UK and on 5th May
in Australia. Publication date in the USA is 21st July.
Early reviews have already described it as a 'beautifully-written
and intricately-constructed piece of writing' and
a 'gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal'.
You can pre-order The Kindness
in the UK
in Australia here
in the USA here
To pre-order a copy of The Kindness
, signed and personally dedicated by the author (and available worldwide), click here
POLLY'S LITERARY EVENTS
BBC Radio 4, 'Front Row'. 7.15pm.
London; The Athenaeum. 6.30-8.30pm. Harper's Bazaar event. Tickets
Ireland; Dún Laoghaire. 12.30pm. Mountains to Sea Literary Festival. Tickets
London; Hampstead Theatre. 2.45pm. Hampstead Literary Festival. Tickets
London; Waterstones, Piccadilly. 6.30-8.30pm. Short story event. Tickets
London; Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP. 6.30-7.30pm. Bloomsbury Book Club. Tickets:
Brighton; Charleston Literary Festival. 3.30-4.30.pm. Tickets
London; John Maynard Keynes Library. 6.00-7.20pm. Birkbeck College event.
Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. 11.30am.
More information is available on her Website
Polly's most recent linked story collection, Perfect Lives
, was a UK Sunday Times Fiction Choice Of The Year and
was read on BBC Radio 4.
5 December 2014
GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR 'THE DIVISION BELL'
The Division Bell
has been nominated in the upcoming Grammy Awards for 'Best Surround Sound Album'.
The award winners will be announced in a ceremony to be held on Sunday 8th February 2015. The surround mix
is available in the 20th anniversary box set of the album, released earlier this year.
27 November 2014
THE ENDLESS RIVER HELPS DRIVE VINYL REVIVAL
First week UK sales on vinyl of The Endless River
were the highest of any LP released since 1997,
making it the fastest-selling vinyl album this century, according to official UK Charts data.
The BPI, the trade body which represents the UK's record labels, has just announced that annual sales of vinyl
albums have exceeded the 1m mark for the first time since the Britpop era of the 1990s, according to Official
Charts data released today.
The milestone was achieved at the weekend, which saw 2014 sales already comfortably ahead of the 780,674 sales posted
in 2013. With the Christmas period still to come, the BPI says it's likely the final total for 2014 will rise towards
around 1.2m unit sales, a level not seen since 1996, when 1,083,206 LPs were purchased.
A new generation of music fans and a mix of iconic and acclaimed new rock bands is helping to drive the revival, which
sees The Endless River
at Number 2 in the current Official Vinyl Chart behind the David Bowie 'Best Of',
Nothing Has Changed
19 November 2014
CHARTING THE ENDLESS RIVER
The Endless River
is Number One in the album charts in: UK, Germany,
France, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Austria,
Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Croatia, and Slovenia.
STOP PRESS: the album has debuted at No. 1 in a further three countries: Poland,
Sweden, and the Czech Republic, while in Italy, Pink Floyd jump from No. 2 to knock
local artist Vasco Rossi off the top slot. This takes the total of chart toppers to 20 countries
Other charts include: USA 3; Australia 3; Finland 4; and Spain 6.
*The Endless River
is also the best-selling album in Romania, although there are no official charts there.
16 November 2014
'THE ENDLESS RIVER' TOPS THE CHARTS
Pink Floyd's new album The Endless River
a milestone today, entering the Official UK Album Chart
at Number One ... with a similar story in a number of other
4 November 2014
LATER... WITH WORDS
David guests tonight on the BBC TV progamme show Later...
with Jools Holland
, in an interview with Jools about
the imminent release of The Endless River
. We can
expect there to be an exclusive extract from the promo
video for Louder Than Words
too, so it should be
a memorable show.
The final live edition of the 45th series of the show is broadcast in the
UK on BBC Two from 10.00 to 10.30pm, can be seen live via the Internet in the
UK and again via the BBC UK-only iPlayer site. A longer version of the programme
will be transmitted in the evening of Friday 7th November at 11.50pm UK time.
13 October 2014
PRESS RELEASE: THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION THEIR MORTAL REMAINS CANCELLED
Evolve Devolve, the Italian promoters of The Pink Floyd Exhibition Their Mortal Remains
announced today that the exhibition, due to take place on September 19th in Milan, has now been cancelled
because the necessary conditions have not occurred in order to make it happen within the time frame available
at the Fabbrica del Vapore. (These conditions have nothing to do with Milan's Municipality.)
Ticket holders for the exhibition should seek refunds from their point of purchase according to the procedures
10 October 2014
'LOUDER THAN WORDS' GETS FIRST RADIO PLAY
Louder Than Words
, the new song by Pink Floyd, had its first radio play yesterday on
BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans show.
Louder Than Words
is performed by Pink Floyd. Taken from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and
Nick Mason's 1993 Division Bell sessions it has new lyrics by writer and Division Bell
lyricist Polly Samson.
David Gilmour said: "The music for Louder Than Words is from those final sessions, the three of us
playing together on the houseboat Astoria with Rick's idiosyncratic keyboards reminding me now that
you don't know what you've got until it's gone. At the start of the album I asked Polly [Samson] to
write the lyrics. She felt that what I played her didn't need words, that hearing us play was more
interesting. In the end she wrote just this one, which expresses, beautifully I think, the way the
three of us, me, Nick and Rick have something when we play together, that has a magic that is louder
9 October 2014
DAVID AND NICK TALK ABOUT 'THE ENDLESS RIVER'
In addition to the release of the interview, above, David and Nick chatted
to BBC Radio 6 Music's Matt Everitt about the release of The Endless River
This is available on the BBC iPlayer here
22 September 2014
PINK FLOYD ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DETAILS
Details about The Endless River
, the new Pink
album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick
Mason, were revealed today as the album artwork appeared
on buildings in ten international cities, including an
eight-metre lit installation on London's Southbank.
The album will be released on Parlophone/Warner Music on
and is produced by David Gilmour, Phil
Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.
David Gilmour said:
"The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came
from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours
of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted
to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts,
re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a
21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone and with him the chance
of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked
tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."
Nick Mason said:
"The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way
of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart
of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought
home to me what a special player he was."
The Endless River
is mainly an instrumental album across 'four sides'
with one song, 'Louder Than Words', with new lyrics by novelist Polly Samson.
Visit the new microsite here
11 August 2014
PRESS RELEASE: THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION THEIR MORTAL REMAINS POSTPONED
, the Italian promoters of The Pink Floyd Exhibition,
have announced today that the Exhibition, due to start on 19 September
2014 in Milan, has had to be postponed due to production delays. Building
the complex Exhibition to the required specification has made it impossible
to make the opening date. Tickets sales for the Exhibition are currently
Existing ticket purchases will remain valid once the new exhibition
dates are announced or can be refunded at point of purchase.
7 July 2014
'THE ENDLESS RIVER'
Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album, The Endless River
, in October 2014.
It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature
David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth
and recording engineer Andy Jackson. Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the summer.
20 May 2014
PINK FLOYD TO RELEASE 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET OF 'THE DIVISION BELL'
RELEASED: 30 JUNE 2014
PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX
BLU-RAY DISC INCLUDING NEW 2014 FILM OF MAROONED
2-LP VINYL FEATURING FULL-LENGTH TRACKS FOR THE FIRST TIME
REPLICA 7" AND 12" COLOURED VINYL AND MUCH MORE
is releasing a 20th anniversary box set of The Division
, the band's 1994 multi-million selling album that included the
Grammy Award winning track Marooned. Set for release on 30 June 2014
'The Division Bell' was the last studio album to be released by the band:
David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. This 20th anniversary box
set features six discs, including three replica coloured or clear vinyl
discs, 5 collectors' prints, a Blu-ray disc and for the first time Andy
Jackson's 5.1 audio mix of 'The Division Bell'.
'The Division Bell' debuted at No 1 in the UK and in the USA, staying at the top of the US
charts for 4 weeks; it also went to No 1 in eight other countries and, to date, has reached
total album sales of over 12 million. The album was recorded by the band at Astoria and Britannia
Row Studios with the majority of the lyrics being written by Polly Samson and David Gilmour.
David Gilmour said at the time: "The three of us went into Britannia Row studios, and improvised for 2 weeks.
Playing together and starting from scratch was interesting and exciting, it kick started the album and the process
was very good, it was collaborative and felt more cohesive".
The Division Bell 20th Anniversary collector's box set will feature a
new 2-LP vinyl edition of the album, remastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering
Lab from the original analogue tapes, including all the full length tracks
(originally edited to fit on a single LP) in a gatefold sleeve designed
by Hipgnosis/StormStudios. Five other discs are included: a red 7" vinyl
replica of single Take It Back
, clear 7" vinyl replica of High
, 12" blue vinyl replica of High Hopes with reverse laser etched
design, the 2011 Discovery remaster of 'The Division Bell' and a Blu-ray
disc including 'The Division Bell' album in HD Audio, plus the previously
unreleased 5.1 surround sound audio mix of the album by Andy Jackson.
Another addition included on the Blu-ray disc is a new video for Marooned
the track that won a Grammy for 'Best Rock Instrumental' in 1994. Filmed
in Ukraine during the first week of April 2014, the video was directed
by Aubrey Powell at Hipgnosis. It will appear on the disc with audio tracks
in both PCM Stereo and a 5.1 mix by Andy Jackson.
Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour produced the original album, with orchestral arrangements by the late Michael Kamen. The anniversary box
set discs have been remastered by long term Pink Floyd audio associates James Guthrie and Joel Plante.