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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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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
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
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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Columbia Records
Columbia Records

20 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Document Final Tour With Live LP ‘Pulse’

When Pink Floyd began their expansive world tour behind 1994's The Division Bell, David Gilmour and company had no intention of documenting the jaunt with a live LP.

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Morne de Klerk / Tim P. Whitby, Getty Images

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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Jeff Fusco, Getty Images

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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YouTube

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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