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.
Pink Floyd's Touring Museum Exhibit to Hit U.S This Year
'Their Mortal Remains' will take up a residency at the Vogue Multicultural Museum in Los Angeles this summer.
Why Nick Mason's Solo Debut Took Such a Surprising Musical Turn
He had left 'The Wall' behind before Pink Floyd finished mixing the troubled project, determined to reengage with music again.
Pink Floyd: Last Great, Last Good, First Bad Album
Our writers survey the highs and lows of the band's catalog.
David Gilmour Dismisses Pink Floyd Reunion: 'We Are Done'
"I absolutely don’t want to go back," says guitarist, nixing chance of any reunification.
Pink Floyd Announce 'Live at Knebworth 1990' Album
Seven-track set, previously issued as part of 'Later Days' box, will debut as stand-alone release.
Bhaskar Menon, Exec Who Helped Make Pink Floyd’s Name, Dead at 86
Esteemed label boss also worked with the Beatles, David Bowie and many others.
Why Pink Floyd Needed Three Tries to Shoot the 'Animals' Cover
One day the pig wouldn't fly. Then it flew way too far.
Underrated Pink Floyd: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
Digging through the prog masters' catalog reveals tracks overshadowed by their multi-platinum hits.
How Mick Jagger and Pink Floyd Could Have Been in a 'Dune' Movie
Alejandro Jodorowski’s 20-hour ambition went unachieved in 1975, but its influence can be seen in dozens of other sci-fi movies.