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Few bands have made the transformation from cult icons to world-dominating rock stars like Pink Floyd. They began as a vehicle for Syd Barrett, a warped-minded genius whose interest in psychedelia didn’t stop at the music. The band’s 1967 debut album, ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,’ is a milestone of tripped-out elegance and exploration. Barrett’s drug abuse eventually rendered him useless, and by the time Pink Floyd released their 1973 masterpiece ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ he was long gone and they had evolved into one of the planet’s biggest bands. Their spacey concept albums – featuring long instrumental passages and heady themes about madness and man’s inability to control his surroundings – reached their peak on 1979’s ‘The Wall,’ a double-record opus focusing on rock-star alienation.

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Pink Floyd and Rolling Stones Members Team Up for Earthquake Charity Single

A devastating earthquake in Nepal has brought together members of the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd for a charity single called "Save the Children (Look Into Your Heart)."

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Roger Waters Says a Pink Floyd Reunion Is ‘Out of the Question’

Time has healed some of the wounds that tore Roger Waters apart from Pink Floyd, but that doesn't mean he admits to any desire to set aside his solo career for some sort of reunion project.

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35 Years Ago: Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ Banned in South Africa

Life imitated art in early 1980 when South African school children, fed up with an inferior apartheid-era education system, took to chanting the lyrics of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)."

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40 Years Ago: More Than 500 Pink Floyd Fans Arrested at L.A. Concerts

In early 1975, Pink Floyd announced that they’d tour the U.S. in April, even as the group worked to finish its upcoming album, Wish You Were Here.

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42 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Take Us to ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’

Pink Floyd's era-defining 'The Dark Side of the Moon' was released in March 1973.

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32 Years Ago: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Final Cut’ Album Released

Is it Pink Floyd’s worst album or Roger Waters’ best solo LP? We explore the thorny history of this complicated album.

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Nick Mason Vs. Ian Paice: March Drum Madness

Loyalty certainly isn't in question as Deep Purple's Ian Paice battles Pink Floyd's Nick Mason in the first round of our March Drum Madness competition.

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Tom Petty, U2, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Neil Young Fall on Grammy Night

The Grammy Awards are hailed as "music's biggest night," but it proved to be a big disappointment for classic-rock artists, instead.

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35 Years Ago: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall Tour’ Re-Invents the Rock Concert

Pink Floyd first performed their elaborately staged concert for 'The Wall' in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 1980.

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47 Years Ago: Syd Barrett Plays Last Show With Pink Floyd

Syd Barrett's last show with Pink Floyd took place on Jan. 20, 1968.

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