Posted November 28th, 2012 by PFO Staff
We were contacted by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, the author of the new Pink Floyd book ‘Tearing Down the Wall’, who told us about his new book, which is available now.
Here is the press release:
Easter Eggs and Buried Meanings Abound Within Iconic Pink Floyd album
Los Angeles, CA – November 28, 2012 – “Imagine dusting off a beloved record, comfortable as an old pair of jeans, and one day discovering that it goes much deeper down the rabbit hole than you ever envisioned,” claims bestselling author Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff. “The thematic intention of every note…The nuance behind every veiled reference…Until you finally recognize that hidden deep inside is a distinctly powerful message you never knew was there. It’s like discovering buried treasure within the walls of your own backyard.”
Nemcoff, author of bestselling books about the hunt for Bin Laden, deadly vacations and the secret lives of Hollywood assistants claims his latest exposé, TEARING DOWN THE WALL: The Contemporary Guide to Decoding Pink Floyd – The Wall One Brick at a Time is a masterful look into the album’s message and production to expose elements of something bigger: a philosophy about the meaning of human existence that tread on the mental real estate owned by giants like Freud, Sartre, Camus, Kafka, Orwell and Kubrick, among others.
Says Nemcoff, “The Wall, originally released in November of 1979, is a remarkable and thematically-rich canvas made powerful not only by how deeply it draws upon some very essential human struggles with anguish, abandonment and despair, but also the crafty way it ultimately reveals itself as a philosophical treatise about our interpersonal relationships with others.”
Though The Wall is seen by some to just be a story about a burned-out rock star who suffers a dark night of the soul while trying to examine his unhappiness — and along the way is haunted by his unhappy memories of his domineering mother, abusive schoolteacher and distant wife — TEARING DOWN THE WALL reveals how this iconic album is a deliberate gape down dark, uncomfortable corridors of the soul, searching for that wounded child within; a work that uses complex narrative structures to express typical Modernist concerns such as the shattering of consciousness and the decay of modern society.
TEARING DOWN THE WALL which was released in November, jumped to #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for Popular Culture in the U.S., Germany and #2 in the U.K. on the day it was launched, which according to the author is a sure sign that people are as interested in The Wall today as ever.
“Think you know what Pink Floyd – The Wall is really all about?” asks Nemcoff. “What if I told you at the very least it’s a lot more than you may have previously imagined?”