“We lived on air and ideas, without cell phones and Facebook … we took quite a few drugs, and had quite a lot of sex…we were earnest and naïve… it was all so new, to be young and empowered…and it was music not money that played the major role…”
paperback book released… April 26
INTRODUCTION by Nick Mason, Pink Floyd:
I took on the task of writing an introduction with some misgivings—and that trepidation was justified. I had no idea that beneath that nice Mrs. Windo who lived down the road dwelt the kind of wild woman that we had been constantly warned about (and were constantly looking for). It’s just a shame that I never realized it at the time; otherwise maybe I could have played a more major role in this book.
My life tracked alongside Pam and Gary’s for a while in the seventies. They were good friends and great company; Gary’s playing was an important step in my musical life, and the sessions at Britannia Row were great fun as well as productive—particularly so, as Gary’s recordings were Britannia Row Studios’ first project and something of a test session. We had designed the studio so we could operate on occasion without tape ops and engineers, and it worked. “Animals” was later recorded there, and probably most famously the kids of Islington Green School who supplied the choruses for “Another Brick in the Wall.”
Pam and Gary introduced me to another world of music and musicians, and one that I still cherish. Many of those trick time signatures may have been beyond me, but many of the friendships sustain.
Pink Floyd magazine BRAIN DAMAGE:
|Gary Windo remembered through new book|
|Written by Matt|
|Tuesday, 29 April 2014|
|In January, we told you about Gonzo Multimedia releasing three rare albums by the late sax legend Gary Windo, one of which features Robert Wyatt and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason. Windo was a highly original musician with an instantly recognizable style, and was involved in the Seventies with many icons of the British jazz and rock genres, including the Canterbury scene, but who sadly passed away in 1992.In November of 1975, Windo formed Gary Windo & Friends for a one-off gig at Maidstone College of Art, with his wife Pam Windo on piano, guitarist Richard Brunton, and the rhythm section of Bill MacCormick, Nick Mason, and Laurie Allan. This group was the precursor to Windo’s next album, which until this year had never been released. In 1976, Nick offered Windo time in Pink Floyd’s brand new Britannia Row studio, which would give Windo the opportunity to make this album, and Pink Floyd the chance to test the new systems. Nick both produced and played drums, and with his typical sense of humour, Windo would call the album Steam Radio Tapes.You can order this album through these links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.We’ve since heard from his wife Pam. Last year, she wrote a portrait of her husband Gary, and added it to her website. A publisher picked up on it, and asked her to write a longer, more detailed version. This has now just been published – this week – as a paperback. ‘Him Through Me: Making Love and Music in the Sixties and Seventies’ is the story of a young couple’s journey through the revolutionary music world of the Sixties and Seventies, and includes an introduction by Nick Mason, who is also featured throughout the book. She takes us back to the years of music she shared with him, reliving the successes and fiascos, the trials of being an artist and mother, the exhilaration of the Hippie and Women’s Lib movements, and the challenges of an open marriage.In part of Nick’s introduction, he notes with customary wit that he “had no idea that beneath that nice Mrs Windo who lived down the road dwelt the kind of wild woman we had been constantly warned about (and were constantly looking for).” Fellow musician Robert Wyatt called the book “terrific stuff, a real record of the times…”.You can order the book now from: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Espana and Amazon Italy.|
Sergio Amadori of HIBOU-ANEMONE-BEAR Italian blog site sent this pic, which he calls “traveling.” View blog here:
Interview by Jonathan Downes in GONZO WEEKLY: