Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers' Favorite
"Tribute: The Dark Side of the Mood" by Arthur Orfanos is a complicated and fascinating story of a man whose sole purpose was to start a Pink Floyd tribute band. Orfanos partners with a man who proves to be highly controlling and devious in his interactions with others. This sets up a condition in which Orfanos is never really in control of the band he originally put together. As his partner gradually takes control of the operations of the band, Orfanos sees his own influence slip further and further away. At one point, the partner brings in a college professor from Berklee College who wants to play original Pink Floyd background effects which were reportedly stolen from the Pink Floyd band. This commences a period in which there is great conflict between Orfanos who is against using the tapes and other band members who believe the background effects will make their performance even more realistic.
The part of the book which was believable was the evidence the author gave for the theft of the tapes. The troubling part was the fact that, even though Orfanos reported the theft to many different people in a position to take action, no action was ever taken. In such a highly competitive business, this fact tends to make the reader wonder about the credibility of all the parties involved in the incident. There is no doubt that this is a book to be pondered. If for nothing else, it challenges anyone interested in starting up a business to research and to use professional assistance in protecting all rights to intellectual property.