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.
35 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Goes Live on 'Delicate Sound of Thunder'
Some critics pounced, but the LP sold three million copies in the U.S. alone.
Pink Floyd Announces Special Edition 'Atom Heart Mother'
Footage from band's first concert in Japan will be included in the set.
Roger Waters, 'The Dark Side of the Moon Redux': Album Review
Where there once were soaring interludes, he now offers grave, grumbled new commentary.
Roger Waters Claims Bob Ezrin Lied About ‘Comfortably Numb’ Solo
Former Pink Floyd leader says David Gilmour's second section wasn’t a first take, as 'The Wall' co-producer reported.
15 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Co-Founder Richard Wright Dies
He was a key element in the legendary psych-rock band's musical DNA.
Listen to Roger Waters' New Version of Pink Floyd's 'Time'
It's the second release from his upcoming rerecording of 'The Dark Side of the Moon.'
Neuroscientists Recreate Pink Floyd Song With Patient Brain Waves
Researchers were able to electronically reconstruct "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)" by analyzing patients' brain activity.
Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon': Album-Length Tributes
These updates span both genres and generations, working as a testament to the LP's striking longevity.