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- Posted on Oct 7th 2010 12:00PM by Mike Ayers
"I thought it was a good idea to put together a lot of the background material," Scarfe tells Spinner of his recently released book, 'The Making of Pink Floyd: The Wall.' "Some of it wasn't seen in the show, because we didn't have room for it. This is like a huge scrapbook with lots of notes. When the album was a success, we could obviously go onto a show, but I don't think any of us at the time felt that this was going to be a classic."
For those that can't make it to the current production -- or those obsessives that like in-depth looks -- Scarfe has indeed done a bang-up job in making this scrapbook into something that's more than just a coffee-table tome. Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Allan Parker, the director of 'The Wall,' all make contributions to the book.
Obviously, 'The Wall' has become one of the most influential rock albums of all time, spawning Floyd classics such as 'Hey You,' 'Comfortably Numb' and 'Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),' but it was also one of the first albums that relied on a heavy blend of music and pop art, which is where Scarfe came in.
"The thing that originally attracted me to Floyd is that they love theatricality," he says. "I live in a visual world and design things, but Roger sparked me off on getting all these thoughts in my mind. He's a great person to work with, but he doesn't tread on my toes and I don't on his."
'The Making of Pink Floyd's The Wall' is out now from Da Capo Press.