Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall by Dave Thompson(Book). To some, he is the face behind classic Pink Floyd. To others, he is the temperament behind some of the greatest albums of the rock era. And to others still, he is one of the most original songwriters of a generation that overflows with notable talent. To all, he is an enigma: a rock star who not only eschewed stardom but also spent much of his career railing against it. But to call Roger Waters a mass of contradictions is simply taking the easy way out. He is so much more than that. Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall is the first full biography of the author of The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and, of course, The Wall . It traces his life from war-torn suburbia to the multitude of wars he has fought since then with his bandmates, with his audience, and most of all with himself. Packed with insight and exclusive interviews with friends and associates, Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall dismantles the wall brick by brick, revealing the man who built it in all his glory.
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Is This the Life We Really Want?
It hasn't always been a smooth run. Waters sounds angry here; he spits enough "s"s and "f"s to fuel a rap record. He interrupts the the title track with the sound of an unconnected phone and other hissing studio tricks supplied by Godrich. The disconnect couldn't be more fitting. Call him self-righteous, but Waters' fury here is real.
If they blink and miss its two-days-only theatrical release in October, the DVD is set for store shelves in early More Reviews. Indeed, the age of his fans leads co-directors Waters and Sean Evans to make the odd choice of limiting audience reaction shots primarily to tattooed and pierced men and women in their 20s and 30s. One young woman actually sheds a tear. While this reads as a fairly silly way of arguing that the year-old songwriter and bassist can connect with a younger generation, it does remind us of the universality and insolvability of the problems that distress him so greatly. In his matching black T-shirt and jeans, Waters still cuts an authoritative yet hip figure, the coolest grandpa ever. And make no mistake, for a man championing peace, he sure sounds furious.
“Picture a shithouse with no fucking drains/Picture a leader with no fucking brains ,” snarls Roger Waters near the start of his first proper rock LP.
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Roger Waters, one of the most consistently strong songwriters to emerge from the booming s British invasion rock scene, has returned with Is This The Life We Really Want? In some ways, with the odd exception, rock music has become rather passive in regards to political and social issues. Similarly, most musicians who got their start around the same period as Waters, again with the odd exception, have stopped releasing new music, or continue to release the rare album here and there, each running on nostalgic fumes in an attempt to leave their audience digging through their back catalogue, rather than attempting to be innovative. In tone, Waters sounds like he is voicing over a trailer for a major film in which he is the sole survivor, willing to lift his guitar high in the air for the sake of justice. He sounds angry, determined, and confident in the fact that he very well may be one of the last classic rockers who is willing to write such a timely and prolific album to address the world in Waters is a master at writing simple songs that communicate, and at times even demand, a deep emotional connection or response from the music. The song, like anything Waters sings across the record, commands your attention and leaves you hanging on his words, anxiously awaiting what will come next from his smooth yet gravelly voice.