Dave Thompson has written books on artists and groups like George Clinton, Cream, James Taylor and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has, in fact, churned out over 100 books about music, film and TV, but few are finer than The Man Behind the Wall. Here, Thompson aims to demystify the Pink Floyd leader who has often been labelled a dictator, an incredibly difficult man to work with, even if much of his work is inspired. He is, after all, an incredibly successful rock star but we know almost nothing about him. He’s managed to retain some semblance of a private life, so muddling though the available resources is a difficult task. While Thompson doesn’t provide a full picture, he has at least produced an entertaining read, full of previously unknown for forgotten nuggets of information that Floyd fans will salivate over. He hasn’t knocked the wall down, but he has drilled a peep-hole.
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