Saturday, March 17, 2018

Book Traces Fascinating Phase In Pink Floyd’s History

 When founding member Syd Barrett parted ways with Pink Floyd in 1968, it could have spelled disaster for the band. Instead, the band continued on a new path. And in early 1973, The Dark Side of the Moon catapulted Pink Floyd to superstardom, showcasing the band's fully developed, iconic and influential sound.

In Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon, veteran music journalist Bill Kopp explores the five-year period from Barrett's departure through 1973, tracing the winding creative path the band followed after losing its leader, which culminated in the making of one of the most popular albums in the history of the recorded medium.

As the book expertly illustrates, that path was filled with failed experiments, creative blind alleys, one-off musical excursions, outside collaborations and – most importantly – a dedicated search for a distinctive musical personality.

Reinventing Pink Floyd features:
•    In-depth exploration of the music Pink Floyd made in the years between its founder's departure and the making of The Dark Side of the Moon
•    Analysis of the group's development as creators of film soundtracks and how that work informed the band's own albums
•    New, first-hand interviews with managers, collaborators and musicians connected to the group's work
•    Relevant quotes and commentary from long-unseen reviews and interviews

Drawing upon new interviews with key personalities involved in the band's early years, as well as archival interviews and music journalism, Reinventing Pink Floyd will captivate both casual fans of rock music and hardcore Pink Floyd devotees.  

Author Bill Kopp is a lifelong music enthusiast, musician, collector and – since the 1990s – music journalist. His writing has been featured in numerous music magazines (including Bass Guitar, Billboard and Electronic Musician), as well as more than a dozen alternative weekly newspapers.

He is the jazz desk editor and progressive rock editor at BLURT online, and has written liner note essays for 23 albums, including titles by Julian "Cannonball” Adderley, Larry Coryell, Edgar Winter, Rick Wakeman, The Ventures, Dave Mason, Ben Folds and Iron Butterfly.

He has interviewed several hundred musicians and music industry figures of note, and his blog has featured new content – thousands of music reviews, essays, interviews and features – every business day since 2009. He lives in a nearly century-old house in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife, two cats, many thousands of vinyl records, and perhaps too many synthesizers and guitars. He is active on social media on Facebook and Twitter at @the_musoscribe and @reinvpinkfloyd.

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Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon
Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date: February 15, 2018
Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and

PX3 - Join the 11th Annual Photography Competition


Call for Entries: Enter your photos to PX3 and win cash prizes!

Photographers from all around the world,
Visionaries! You are invited to submit your work to the Px3 11th Annual Photography Competition. Share your unique perspectives on the world with a French audience, and compete for international recognition as the next “PX3 Photographer of the Year”, cash prizes, publication in the PX3 Annual Book, and inclusion in a special curated exhibition to be shown in Paris in July 2018.
The extended deadline is in only two weeks, on March 31. Submit your work in one of the following categories: Advertising / Book / Fine Art / Nature / Portraiture / Press.
The PX3 jury is made up of international photographers, editors, curators and creatives with a passion for photography. Their mandate is to look at the originality, creativity, excellence of execution and overall impact of each photograph.
Take part in this prestigious photography award by submitting your photos here.
Extended Deadline: March 31.

The Px3 team.
Px3 - Prix de La Photographie Paris
Managed by International Awards Inc.
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Los Angeles, CA 90004 USA

Chicago Flower & Garden Show >> FINAL DAY!


News and Notes from the Chicago Flower & Garden Show



  • Beautiful Feature Gardens - 21 full-sized gardens highlighting the best of what Chicago-area Landscapes and Designers have to offer

  • Inspirational Get Growing Series - A continued focus on educational and interactive workshops and classes by leading industry professionals in the Educational Seminars and on the Gardening Live Stage

  • Garden Gourmet Stage - Featuring an exciting cake decorating competition between 3 local bakery teams

  • Kids Activity Garden - FREE Hands-on fun and learning for future gardeners and gardening consumers with the University of Illinois Master Gardeners, the British International School, Nicor Gas, Building Blocks and the Racine Zoo!

  • Photography Competition - A judged exhibit by amateur photographers

  • Tablescapes - Cutting-edge ideas for the dining table presented by leading interior and floral designers.

And so much more!
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Pro Tips: Getting to and around this year’s show

If you’re traveling by car:       
  • Park at Navy Pier’s garages, conveniently located onsite.  Offsite parking options include Grand Plaza Park at 540 N. State, the Millennium Park Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive and Ogden Plaza Self Park, 300 E. North Water Street. Navy Pier has partnered with these garages to offer discounted parking for $15 when validated at Navy Pier. The garages are serviced by the FREE Navy Pier Trolley.
  • Click here for more details on show parking:
 If you’re traveling via public transportation: 
  • You can visit Navy Pier through Metra and CTA service. For details, click here:
  • Going to Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade or watching the traditional dyeing of the Chicago River on Saturday, March 17? Extend the good, green fun by heading to Navy Pier for the afternoon and evening. The show is open until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. Remember, tickets for kids ages 4-12 are just $5! 
  • As you walk through the gardens at this year’s show, you may wonder what a particular plant is or decide that you absolutely have to have that shrub or tree in your yard. Thanks to the GrowIt! app, you can get answers quickly and easily.: learn more at
  • With a touch of a button, you can plan your day -- or days! – at this iconic event Click here to access a customized day-by-day show planner!
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Happy St Patrick's Day from Beverly Hills Car Club


Wishes you a Very Happy St. Patrick's Day!
On St Patrick's Day, it is customary to wear shamrocks, green clothing or green accessories. Well why not drive in a green car to match the mood? We got you covered! Here's Beverly Hills Car Club's collection of green cars to celebrate the occasion.
Best of luck,
-Alex Manos
STOCK #09318
1953 Mercedes-Benz 170VA
The 1953 Mercedes-Benz 170VA Coupe shown here is available in green with black interior. It comes with a 4-speed manual transmission, wood trim, solid wheels and includes the spare tire. An extremely original and very fascinating car with tremendous potential which has just come out of storage.
Price: $16,750

1991 Porsche 964 Sunroof Coupe

STOCK #09387
1991 Porsche 964 Sunroof Coupe
The stunning 1991 Porsche 964 Sunroof Coupe presented here with 93,230 on the odometer is available in its original color code#22L Oak Green Metallic with tan interior. It comes with a clean CarFax and is equipped with a manual transmission, K&N air filter, air conditioning, power windows, power steering, power seats, sunroof, tech art body kit, alloy wheels and includes the jack, spare tire and tool kit. It was previously owned by a Porsche Club of America owner and is a very clean and presentable example in a vibrant color scheme. It's also mechanically sound. 
Price: $57,500
STOCK #09330
1973 Jaguar XKE V12 Roadster     
This gorgeous 1973 Jaguar XKE V12 Roadster shown here with matching numbers comes in British racing green with a tan interior. It comes equipped with a manual transmission, air conditioning, wire wheels and includes the spare tire. An extremely clean and presentable car which has had the same owner for many years and is mechanically sound.
Price: $64,500 
STOCK #08386
 1972 Volvo P1800
1972 Volvo P1800 in green with tan interior. Comes equipped with a manual transmission, solid wheels and includes the spare tire and service manuals. Excellent original car. Just came out of storage.
Price $8,500
STOCK #09410
1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SL
The 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SL featured here with 2 tops and 67,745 on the odometer is available in a vibrant green with green interior. It comes equipped with an automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and includes the jack and spare tire. An excellent original California car which is mechanically sound
Price: $14,750
STOCK #09171
1955 Ford Thunderbird
The 1955 Ford Thunderbird shown here is available in green with white and green interior. It comes equipped with an automatic transmission, power steering, power steering, OEM radio, solid wheels and includes the spare tire and jack. The car has been with the same owner for many years and is an excellent black plate California car.
Price: $19,500
STOCK #09323
1973 MG B GT
The 1973 MG B GT shown here is available in this very desirable British racing green with black interior color combination. It comes equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission, dual carburetors and with wire wheels. An excellent original car which had had the same owner for many years and which has just come out of storage.
Price: $8,950
STOCK #A1118
1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II Hardtop Coupe    
The 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II Hardtop Coupe shown here is available in Light Green exterior over light and medium green leather interior and is equipped with a strong V8 motor and automatic transmission. This example features power steering, power windows, power front seat and leather trim. A well-kept example of one of the most handsomely designed automobiles to emerge from the 1950s. The Mark II's were owned by luminaries like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley and dignitaries such as the Shah of Iran and only 444 were made in 1957. This example is mechanically sound.
Price: $57,500
Alex Manos
Beverly Hills Car Club
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