Darkside: Tom Stoppard’s play was as pretentious as Pink Floyd’s music, review – Telegraph.co.uk

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These days when I hear Kenton’s Artistry in Rhythm I flinch, but
affectionately. The music we respond to in adolescence always keeps a
special place in our affections. Pink Floyd’s rock epic, dazzling guitar
solos, depth of sound, sonorous lyrics went to the heart of several
post-austerity generations and stayed there. I still can’t understand what
they hear in it. What remains magic to those who kept the album in the
charts from 1973 to 1998 sounds plain pretentious to me.

In this respect Stoppard’s play matched it, juggling philosophical paradoxes,
film references, sharp jokes about money making, slushy environmental
pieties. Its characters tickled the ear but never crossed the emotional
threshold. Thanks for the trip but I’m following Emily back into the
madhouse at the end, even with Bill Nighy as my doctor.

Pre-publicity for Darkside has filled BBC airwaves everywhere, from Mark
Lawson on Front Row to the Today programme, with nary a word of reservation,
I feel inadequate for not appreciating it more. Hoping for enlightenment on
Monday night I followed a link on the BBC website to an online Pink Floyd
mega-marketplace for tickets, T-shirts, memorabilia galore. There was even a
special offer. If I’d bought two of the world tour T-shirts by 8.00am
yesterday I’d have got a free hat. Just the thing for visiting Emily in the
asylum, I thought, but maybe the commemorative Stash Tin, a snip at £5.50,
would be more appropriate.

Seriously, I now realise that the forthcoming Pink Floyd world tour is a
milestone in rock history. For years it seemed impossible that David Gilmour
and Roger Waters would ever reconcile their differences and play together
again. But time passes, angers fade, two of the original members (Syd
Barrett and Rick Wright) are dead and the lyric of Time (the one Jeremy
Clarkson recommends learning by heart) makes fresh sense to band and fans
alike. Not to me, alas, but there’s room for all on the airwaves and, praise
be, still 10 more days of the Proms ahead.

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