If you arrived here because of Pink Floyd: The Music and The Mystery, or one of my other books:
- The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd (superseded by M&M)
- Pink Floyd: A Visual Documentary with Miles (not, as sometimes reported, Miles Mabbett and certainly not my brother!)
- 25 Albums that Rocked the World (chapter on Dark Side of the Moon)
- Crazy Diamond: Syd Barrett and the Dawn of Pink Floyd (I wrote the discography appendix)
then thank you. I hope you’re enjoying it.
Unfortunately, Paul’s review includes some errors. I did not edit and publish 60 issues of The Amazing Pudding; the first was published and edited by Ivor Trueman, whom I joined from issue 2. Throughout the run, I had co-editors. The two fanzines were not “published at the same time”: though there was some overlap, TAP was first by a few years. As for “friendly competition”, the other fanzine once (under its original editor) published the backwards message “tnucasittebbam” — for which no explanation was ever given — so judge for yourselves.
I think that Express Milwaukee‘s David Luhrssen is more of a Beatles fan.
Mabbett’s unquestioned Floyd expertise… makes for a largely engaging read. Commendably, his passion for the band doesn’t blind him to their less distinguished moments, and his assessment of the makeweight atrocities which blight A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, for example, is spot-on. As ever, where the Floyd are concerned, Syd Barrett is the effervescing elephant in the room: but Mabbett’s circumspect treatment of the Madcap’s cautionary tale (and its enduring influence on the band) fair gladdens the heart.
I’m featured on a new DVD, Whatever Happened To Pink Floyd?, where I’m interviewed about the band’s history from Animals to the Live8 reunion. There’s even a DVD extra, all about me!
…of five talking heads, Amazing Pudding fanzine editor Andy Mabbett [is] the most knowledgeable.
All the best,