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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd was founded in 1965 by London Polytechnic architectural college students Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals. Art student Syd Barratt was a childhood friend of Waters and he completed the quartet as guitarist and lead vocalist.

Barratt gave the band its name, inspired by his heroes, blues singers Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

During Pink Floyd's early shows, the band experimented with long instrumental excursions, and they began to expand them with rudimentary but effective light shows. These early light shows were very low-tech using slide projectors and colored condoms stretched over lights.

Pink Floyd released their debut album The Piper At the Gates of Dawn on August 4, 1967. Most of the songs were penned by Syd Barrett.

Guitarist David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health, which was made worse by heavy drug use.

Pink Floyd in January 1968. Clockwise from bottom: Gilmour, Mason, Barrett, Waters, Wright

Throughout their career, Pink Floyd experimented with their sound. Their second single, "See Emily Play" premiered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, on May 12, 1967. During the performance, the group first used an early quadraphonic device called an Azimuth Co-ordinator. Using four different channels of audio, it was an early version of surround sound.

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was released on March 1, 1973; the album is often considered the best concept album and the height of experimental rock.

The iconic artwork for The Dark Side of the Moon  Wikipedia

Dark Side Of The Moon was in the U.S. Billboard chart for 736 consecutive weeks — more than 14 years.

The Wall, a rock opera and concept album by Pink Floyd, was first released on November 30, 1979. It was the last studio album released with the 11-year-spanning line-up of Waters, Wright, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason.

The Wall features the band's only single to top various charts, "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2",

By 1999 The Wall had sold over 23 million RIAA-certified units (11.5 million albums) making it the third-highest certified album in the United States.

The Wall album cover

Following creative tensions, Wright left Pink Floyd in 1979, followed by Waters in 1985. Wright came back in 1987, after Waters quit.

700 actual beds were laid out on a beach and used for the cover of Pink Floyd's 1987 album, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. None of them were cardboard cutouts.

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason Wikipedia.com

Waters tried unsuccessfully to sue the other members so that they could not call themselves Pink Floyd. He later admitted to regretting the lawsuit.

After nearly two decades of acrimony, Pink Floyd reunited with Waters in 2005 for a performance in London as part of the global awareness event Live 8, but Gilmour and Waters have since stated they have no plans to reunite as a band again.

Pink Floyd at Live 8 By Dave Bushe - http://www.flickr.com

Barrett died in his home in Cambridge at the age of 60 due to diabetes on July 7, 2006.

In 2014, English YouTube star Zoella uploaded a picture to Instagram of a "random man & his dog" on the beach. The "random man" was David Gilmour.

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