Q & A with Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson
, author of Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall chats with Houston Press’ Bob Ruggiero. The following is a snippet of that interview. Please go to their site for the whole Q&A.

What made you decide to tackle a Roger Waters bio?

Mainly, the fact that there has never been one — and because his solo career (which has now lasted twice as long as the Floyd did) deserved it.

Of course it’s been mentioned in books about the band itself, but the waters are always muddied by the other band members’ presence (if you’ll excuse the pun). By concentrating the book on Waters alone, it gives the reader an unimpeded view of what has actually been a single, solid career arc.

To you, what is the lasting appeal — both musically and narratively — ofThe Wall to make it still so popular enough for Roger to do two world tours of it?

I really don’t have a clue; I’ve never liked it! But in simple terms, it was created as “an event,” it was staged as “an event,” and people like events. It’s a lot like when a classic movie or stage show is revived; people go along so they can say they were there.

There is more to it than that; The Wall does have an underlying message that a lot of people either agree with, or have placed their own interpretations upon. It’s almost become a political manifesto for the underdog, and there’s a lot of people who need that. Personally, I’d prefer him to be touring new music, but…well, that gives us something to look forward to.

Keep reading this interview on Houston Press’ website!


Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall is the first full biography of the author of The Dark Side of the MoonWish You Were Here, and, of course, The Wall. It traces his life from war-torn suburbia to the multitude of wars he has fought since then – with his bandmates, with his audience, and most of all with himself. Packed with insight and exclusive interviews with friends and associates, Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall dismantles the wall brick by brick, revealing the man who built it in all his glory.



Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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