Goldmine Magazine will publish an exclusive excerpt from Reinventing Pink Floyd in its February issue; I'm also writing a feature for that same issue, focusing on Syd Barrett's music with and after Pink Floyd.
The book is currently with the Production Editor. When published in February 2018, Reinventing Pink Floyd will be available in both hardcover and e-book versions. I'm currently in the process of scheduling bookstore events in connection with the book; as these are confirmed, I'll post a complete and updated list of events.
I'm very pleased to announce that the foreword for Reinventing Pink Floyd is being written by Jerry Shirley. Most well-known as the drummer for Humble Pie -- the band that released the staggeringly-successful Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore in 1971, Jerry is also notable as one of the short list of friends and session musicians who played on Syd Barrett's pair of solo albums, Barrett and The Madcap Laughs.
Jerry was interviewed extensively for the book -- especially the chapters on Syd -- and he's a longtime friend and fan of Pink Floyd, having seen them on every single tour. He's also an accomplished author himself, having penned the 2011 memoir Best Seat in the House. Jerry's foreword will be an important addition to Reinventing Pink Floyd, available February 2018.
The publication date for Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon has been revised. Originally scheduled for publication in May 2018, the new street date is now set for mid-February 2018. The new date dovetails nicely with the March 1, 2018 anniversary -- 45 years -- of the release of Pink Floyd's monumental album The Dark Side of the Moon.
Reinventing Pink Floyd is due to my publisher, Rowman & Littlefield, on September 1. That's two weeks from today. I've finished writing it.
All of the interviews are complete, and the manuscript is close to finished; on September 1, off to the publisher it goes. Some of the people kind enough to be interviewed for Reinventing Pink Floyd include Robyn Hitchcock, Ron Geesin, Steve Howe (Tomorrow, Yes), Davy O'List (The Nice), Pink Floyd's original manager Peter Jenner, Jerry Shirley and Willie Wilson (both of whom played on Syd Barrett's solo albums), Yogi Lang (RPWL), “Floydian Slip” syndicated radio host Craig Bailey, music journalist Lon Goddard, and members of tribute bands The Machine and Australian Pink Floyd.
Next comes editing and planning of book tour, readings and so forth.
I just spent an hour on the phone with Peter Jenner, the original manager of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett. He told me so many fascinating stories that I'm going to have to do some serious revision to the early chapters of "Reinventing Pink Floyd." But I am thrilled at the prospect.
I was the guest on yesterday's edition of "Closer to the Edge" on Asheville FM 103.3 with host JD. An audio archive of the episode is available HERE. Between songs we chat about Pink Floyd, and I do a couple of readings from the book. Enjoy!
Reinventing Pink Floyd is Bill Kopp's first book, and it will be published worldwide in February 2018 by Rowman & Littlefield.