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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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Top 10 Richard Wright Pink Floyd Songs

Pink Floyd's Richard Wright was the guy keeping to himself while outsized personalities like Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour drew all of the attention.

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17 Greatest Animated Classic Rock Album Covers

Who wouldn't like to see their favorite rock album covers leap to life? That's precisely what you'll find here as we look at these animated album covers.

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YouTube

25 Years Ago: Roger Waters Reclaims Pink Floyd Legacy With ‘The Wall: Live in Berlin’

On July 21, 1990, former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters presented an all-star production of 'The Wall' near the recently dismantled Berlin Wall.

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26 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Concert Brings Down Venice’s Government

The decision by Venice's mayor and City Council to allow Pink Floyd to play a free concert proved costly.

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Jo Hale, Getty Images

10 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Put Aside Their Differences (Mostly) for Live 8

Roger Waters' relationship with David Gilmour was so distant in the period before Pink Floyd's celebrated reunion at Live 8 that Waters had to ask organizer Bob Geldof for his former bandmate's phone number.

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Columbia Records

28 Years Ago: Roger Waters Stumbles With the Complicated, Synthy ‘Radio K.A.O.S.’

Roger Waters' 'Radio: K.A.O.S.' was released as the former Pink Floyd mastermind's second solo album on June 15, 1987.

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Warren Haynes Talks Covering Pink Floyd, Reveals His Dream Mountain Jam Headliner: Exclusive Video

Warren Haynes talked about covering Pink Floyd and revealed his dream Mountain Jam headliner in a June 2015 video.

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Keystone Features, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: Syd Barrett’s First (and Pretty Much Last) Solo Show Abruptly Ends

Syd Barrett was joined by former Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour for a solo concert debut in June 6, 1970 – but not for long.

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Josh Timmermans, Mountain Jam
Josh Timmermans, Mountain Jam

Gov’t Mule Deliver Pink Floyd Brilliance at Mountain Jam

The mighty Gov't Mule closed out Friday night's Mountain Jam lineup with a generous, faithful performance of Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon.'

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Keystone Features, Getty Images

40 Years Ago: Syd Barrett Visits Pink Floyd During ‘Wish You Were Here’ Sessions

Syd Barrett's tortured spirit was already hovering over Pink Floyd's ninth studio album, Wish You Were Here – even before he unexpectedly crashed the studio sessions on June 5, 1975.

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