Rowman & Littlefield PublishingA new book focusing on the transformation Pink Floyd underwent after founding frontman Syd Barrett‘s 1968 departure from the group will arrive early next year.

Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to the Dark Side of the Moon will be published on February 15 in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of the band’s landmark album The Dark Side of the Moon.

Barrett was Pink Floyd’s lead singer, main songwriter and guitarist on the group’s debut album, 1967’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and a few songs on the follow-up, 1968’s Saucerful of Secrets. Sadly, Barrett’s drug and metal health issues led his band mates to move forward without him the following year.

The book takes a look at how Pink Floyd’s remaining members took over songwriting and vocal duties while changing their musical direction, eventually leading the band to become one of the most successful and popular rock acts on the planet. Barrett died in 2006.

Reinventing Pink Floyd was penned by Bill Kopp, a veteran musician and rock journalist who has written for magazines like Billboard, Goldmine, Trouser Press, and Record Collector. The book features archival interviews and reviews, as well as new conversations with ex-Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner, one-time Roger Waters collaborator Ron Geesin, Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley, ex-The Nice/Roxy Music guitarist Davy O’List and others. Shirley also wrote the book’s foreword.

Kopp currently has a trio of book-signing and reading events lined up in March, and more are expected to be added as the publication date approaches. For more information, visit ReinventingPinkFloyd.com.

Here are Kopp’s scheduled book signings:

3/8 — Asheville, NC, Malaprop’s Books — 6 p.m. ET
3/15 — Charlotte, NC, Park Road Books — 7 p.m. ET
3/16 — Spartanburg, SC, Hub City Books — 7 p.m. ET

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