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Pink Floyd

About Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd were a British rock band, who managed to carve a path for progressive and psychedelic rock music that was entirely unique, and still is.

The band was formed in 1965 London by Syd Barrett (guitars, vocals), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass, vocals) and Richard Wright (keyboards, vocals), beingnamed after two obscure jazz musicians leader Barrett idolized. Some time after releasing debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), the group saw the addition of a second singer-guitarist in David Gilmour. Despite some early success under Barrett’s leadership, they really broke out once his poor mental health made him leave in 1968, forcing Waters to take over as main lyricist.

The band broke into the mainstream with 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon, that became one of the best-selling and most influential records in the history of rock music. Follow-ups Wish You Were Here (1975, featuring many tributes to Barrett such as the title track) and Animals (1977, inspired by Animal Farm) also sold well. But the band started to feature some (everlasting) in-fighting as Waters became a control freak, to the point he fired Wright while making their next album, a rock opera about how Waters felt frustrated and detached to his audience. The result, The Wall (1979), is the best-selling double album ever and spawned iconic songs such as the #1 hit “Another Brick in the Wall (pt II)” and the melodic “Comfortably Numb”.

After the not well-received The Final Cut (1983), Waters decided to call it quits and dissolve the band. However, this didn’t mean Pink Floyd was over: Gilmour and Mason, with Wright’s collaboration, opted to make more albums with the band’s name despite a lawsuit by Waters, keeping the Floyd alive until they started a hiatus in 1996, following the tour for 1994’s The Division Bell.

The quartet only managed to make amends and reunite for a final gig in 2005, performing 5 songs on the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park. Barrett died in 2006 and Wright died in 2008, but Pink Floyd’s legacy remains alive, either through Gilmour and Waters doing solo projects that feature their old songs, re-releases of their catalogue, and even a final album made of Division Bell-era recordings, 2014’s The Endless River.

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