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.
Why Pink Floyd Needed Three Tries to Shoot the 'Animals' Cover
One day the pig wouldn't fly. Then it flew way too far.
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How Mick Jagger and Pink Floyd Could Have Been in a 'Dune' Movie
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Live show from 1988 arrives in multiple formats with bonus tracks.
The Roundhouse's Special Meaning for Pink Floyd and Nick Mason
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How Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp Ended Up Doing Pink Floyd Songs
Nick Mason discusses their earliest jams together in Saucerful of Secrets band and the prospect of a new studio album.
How Hans Zimmer Covered Pink Floyd’s 'Eclipse' for 'Dune' Trailer
The film's score composer watched socially distanced recording sessions over FaceTime.
How Nick Mason Brought Back a Lost Pink Floyd Song
Syd Barrett's "Vegetable Man" sat unfinished and unreleased for decades.
Pink Floyd Album Art: The Stories Behind 19 Trippy LP Covers
The images work to frame their impish humor, wild imagination, sharp commentary and flair for the absurd.