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Encyclopedia > Nick Mason
Nick Mason
Nick Mason at a booksigning
Nick Mason at a booksigning
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Berkeley Mason
Born January 27, 1944 (1944-01-27) (age 63)
Birmingham, England
Genre(s) Progressive Rock
Psychedelic Rock
Instrumental Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, Producer, Author
Instrument(s) Drums
Years active 1964 - present
Label(s) Capitol
Columbia
Sony
EMI
Harvest
Associated
acts
Pink Floyd
Sigma 6
The Screaming Abdabs
Mason & Fenn

Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason (born January 27, 1944 in Birmingham, England) is the drummer for Pink Floyd. He has been the only constant member of the band since its formation. He also competes in auto racing events, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Birmingham (pron. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Instrumental rock & roll is a type of rock and roll music which emphasises musical instruments, and which features no or very little singing. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Authorship redirects here. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenience playing by a single drummer. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Sony Records is a record label courtesy of Columbia, Epic and American Recordings. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Harvest Records was a record label, formed by EMI in 1969 to promote progressive rock music and to compete with Philips Vertigo label and Deccas Deram labels. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... For the toyline and animation series, see G.I. Joe: Sigma 6. ... For the toyline and animation series, see G.I. Joe: Sigma 6. ... For other uses of the term profiles, please see profile. ... is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Birmingham (pron. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... Motor racing and Motorsports redirect here. ... The 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans) is the worlds most famous sports car endurance race, held annually at Circuit de la Sarthe near Le Mans, France, in the French Sarthe département. ...


He was born in Birmingham but brought up in Hampstead, London (many online biographies mistakenly cite the street address Downshire Hill - sometimes as "the Downshire Hills" - as a district of Birmingham) and attended Frensham Heights School, Surrey. He later studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster), where he teamed up with Roger Waters, Bob Klose and Richard Wright in 1964 to form Pink Floyd's predecessor, Sigma 6. Birmingham (pron. ... , Hampstead is a suburb of north London in the London Borough of Camden, located four miles (6. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Frensham Heights School is an independent school located in Surrey, England, run by a registered charity, Frensham Heights Educational Trust Ltd. ... This article is about the English county. ... The University of Westminster is a university in London, England, formed in 1992 as a result of the Further and Higher Education Act, 1992, which allowed the London Polytechnic (Polytechnic of Central London or PCL ) to rename itself as a university. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... Rado Bob Klose (born 1944; sometimes referred to as Bob Close or Brian Close in various publications) is a English musician and photographer. ... Richard William Rick Wright (born July 28, 1943 in Hatch End, London, England) is a self-taught pianist and keyboardist best known for his long career with Pink Floyd. ... For the toyline and animation series, see G.I. Joe: Sigma 6. ...

Contents

Career

Pink Floyd

Mason has played drums on every Pink Floyd album, although it was later revealed that his contributions to the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason were quite minimal, only playing on "Learning to Fly", "On the Turning Away" and "Yet Another Movie". Alternate cover US remaster cover A Momentary Lapse of Reason is Pink Floyds 1987 album, the bands first release after the official departure of Roger Waters from the band in 1985. ... Learning to Fly is the second song on Pink Floyds album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. ... On the Turning Away is a song from Pink Floyds 1987 album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason. ... Yet Another Movie is the sixth track, along with Round and Around on Pink Floyds 1987 album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason. ...

Mason as he is pictured for the 1971 album Meddle.

Despite conflicts over ownership of the name 'Pink Floyd', Roger Waters and Nick Mason are now on good terms. Mason joined Waters on the last two nights of his 2002 world tour to play drums on the Pink Floyd song "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", and he also played drums on some concerts of Waters' European tour in 2006, and during performances in Los Angeles and New York City in the United States. On May 12, 2007, Mason joined Waters again on stage at Earls Court to play Dark Side of the Moon. Photo of Nick Mason. ... Photo of Nick Mason. ... Alternate cover U.S./Canadian releases cover Meddle is an album by English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. ... Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun is a song by art rock band Pink Floyd, and is featured on their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Earls Court is a place in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. ... This article is about the Pink Floyd album. ...


In July 2005, Mason, Gilmour, Wright, and Waters played together on stage for the first time in 24 years. A four song set was played at the Live 8 concert in London. Mason also joined David Gilmour and Richard Wright for the encore during Gilmour's show at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on May 31, 2006, reuniting the post-Waters Pink Floyd. Mason has also claimed to be the link between Gilmour and Waters, and believes the band will play live again. His answers have ranged from "playing again for a charitable cause" to "a tour" given in various interviews in the last few years. He also stated in 2006 that Pink Floyd have not officially disbanded yet. The main Live 8 concert was held at Hyde Park, London, England on 2 July 2005, in front of over 200,000 people. ... “Albert Hall” redirects here. ... is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The only Pink Floyd songs that are solely credited to Mason are "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party Parts 1-3" (from Ummagumma) and "Speak to Me" (from The Dark Side of the Moon). The one-off song by the band entitled Nick's Boogie was named after him. The Grand Viziers Garden Party is a three part instrumental of Pink Floyds Ummagumma album. ... Ummagumma is a progressive and psychedelic double album by Pink Floyd released in 1969. ... Speak To Me is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. ... This article is about the album by Pink Floyd. ... Nicks Boogie is a song by Pink Floyd and was played only once according to official recordings. ...


The only times Mason's voice has been included on Pink Floyd's albums are "Corporal Clegg", the single spoken line in "One of These Days" and spoken parts of "Signs of Life" and "Learning to Fly" (the latter taken from actual recording of Mason's first solo flight) from A Momentary Lapse of Reason. He does, however, sing lead vocals on the unreleased but heavily bootlegged "The Merry Xmas Song" (1975-1976). In live performances of the song "Sheep", he did the spoken section. Corporal Clegg is a song by British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, and is featured on their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). ... Meddle track listing One of These Days (1) A Pillow of Winds (2) One of These Days is the opening track from Pink Floyds 1971 album Meddle. ... Signs of Life is the first song from the first Pink Floyd album without Roger Waters, A Momentary Lapse of Reason. ... Learning to Fly is the second song on Pink Floyds album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. ... Alternate cover US remaster cover A Momentary Lapse of Reason is Pink Floyds 1987 album, the bands first release after the official departure of Roger Waters from the band in 1985. ... The Merry Xmas Song is a song by Pink Floyd that was not recorded for any particular album or single. ...


Unlike the other members of Pink Floyd, Mason has rarely played an instrument other than his usual one (drums). He has only ever played non-percussive instruments on "The Grand Vizier's Garden Party", his personal composition from Ummagumma, where he provided some keyboard, guitar and bass noises, and on live versions of "Outside the Wall", where he played acoustic guitar. He has claimed that he took some failed violin and piano lessons as a child.


Other work

Mason has done some work with other people, notably as a drummer and producer for Steve Hillage, Robert Wyatt, The Damned and Gong. He also drummed for Michael Mantler. In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Steve Hillage is a English musician, associated with the Canterbury scene, who has worked in experimental domains since the late 1960s. ... Robert Wyatt (born Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945, in Bristol) is an English musician, and a former member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine. ... The Damned are an English punk rock and gothic rock band formed in London in 1976. ... Gong is a progressive/psychedelic rock band formed by Australian musician Daevid Allen. ... Michael Mantler (born August 10, 1943 in Vienna, Austria) is a composer and musician in new jazz and contemporary music. ...


Nick Mason's book, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd, was published in the UK in October 2004. It is also available, abridged, as a 3CD audio book, read by Mason.


Away from music

Nick Mason
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom British
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1979 – 1980, 1982 – 1984
Teams Dorset Racing Associates
EMKA Productions
Dome Racing
GTi Engineering
Best finish 18th (1979)
Class wins 0

Mason is married (to his second wife, Nettie) and has four children; two daughters (Holly and Chloe) from his first marriage and two sons (Guy and Cary) from his second. They live in the Wiltshire town of Corsham in the former home of Camilla Parker Bowles. Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans) is the worlds most famous sports car endurance race, held annually at Circuit de la Sarthe near Le Mans, France, in the French Sarthe département. ... Steve ORourke (1 October 1940 - 30 October 2003) in London, England. ... Dome (童夢 - dohmu upon translation) is a racing car constructor in Japan, formed in 1975 at Takaragaike, Kyoto by Minoru Hayashi, who built his first racing car which was a rebodied Honda S600 coupe, belonging to Tojiro Ukiya called the Karasu (crow in Japanese), due to its shape back in 1965... The 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 47th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on June 9 and 10, 1979. ... Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ... , Corsham is a small mediæval town in northwest Wiltshire, England. ... Camilla Parker Bowles (born July 17 1947) was mistress, now girlfriend, of Charles, Prince of Wales. ...


As Floyd's recording and touring schedule grew more sporadic, Mason was left with more time to pursue his favourite hobby, auto racing. He owns (through his company Ten Tenths) and races several classic cars, and has competed successfully at the 24 hours of Le Mans. He is also a qualified pilot, and flies a Aerospatiale AS 350 Squirrel helicopter in specially painted colours[1] Ford Model A Four-door 1948 Buick Eight convertible 1959 Chevrolet Impala A yank tank or maquina in Havana, Cuba Another yank tank in Havana 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe Classic car is a term frequently used to describe an older car, but the exact meaning is subject to differences in... The 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans) is the worlds most famous sports car endurance race, held annually at Circuit de la Sarthe near Le Mans, France, in the French Sarthe département. ... This article is about the AStar helicopter. ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ...


Mason was invited by Ferrari to purchase one of their 400 Enzos, which Jeremy Clarkson pleaded with him to borrow for reviewing purposes on the BBC motoring programme Top Gear. Mason agreed, on the sole condition that throughout the review, Clarkson promoted the release of Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd. This led to Clarkson using Pink Floyd album titles in his description of the Enzo. Mason says that his favourite car of all time is the Ferrari 250 GTO, and owns one of the 39 built. He later sold his Ferrari Enzo to millionaire Mohammad Jamil for £650 000 For other uses, see Ferrari (disambiguation). ... This article is about the car. ... Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... The current format of Top Gear is a BAFTA[1] and Emmy Award-winning BBC television series about motor vehicles, mainly cars. ... The Ferrari 250 GTO was a supercar and auto racing car made by Ferrari in the early 1960s. ...


Solo albums

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason released his first solo album Fictitious Sports in May of 1981 in the UK and US. The album was basically a Carla Bley album in all but name. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...

Albums with Rick Fenn

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Books

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References

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Nick Mason is the drummer and percussionist in Pink Floyd and he is the only member who has been present all the way.
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Nick Mason has played and produced several albums for The Damned, Gong, Steve Hillage, Michael Mantler, Principal Edward's Magic Theatre, Gary Windo, Robert Wyatt and many other artists.
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