The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Pink Floyd

Staff Writer: Hannah Johnson

In 1965, London conceived one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Pink Floyd. Consisting of members Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. If you ask anyone, they’d tell you Pink Floyd psychedelic and soothing sounds almost make you feel like you are tripping on hallucinogen. The band has made their fame with their deep, raw, emotional songs and will go down in history as one of the greatest. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh my God, Pink Floyd is totally old hippy music,

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Early years of Pink Floyd

my grandpa has like ten of their records in the attic collecting dust… so lame!” But you are wrong, the band is the epitome of music and has influenced TONS of artists you hear today.

 

Early years of Pink

During the late 1960s, Pink Floyd became popular around the London underground music scene, under the leadership of singer Syd Barrett they soon released their very successful debut album Piper at the Gates of Dawn. In 1967, lead guitarist David Gilmour joined the band. Soon after, Barrett quit the band due to his deteriorating mental illness, he was soon replaced by singer songwriter Roger Waters, who soon became Pink Floyd’s primary vocalist and song conceptual composer. He soon led on to create some of the greatest concept albums of all time.

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Syd Barrett making music.

 

Achievements

Pink Floyd throughout the years have been nominated and won tons of awards including: a Grammy award for best rock instrumental performance (‘95), Polar music prize (‘08), Grammy Award given for the album of the year (81), Grammy for best music film (‘90), and the band was also inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, as well as the UK Hall of Fame in 2005. As I’m sure you can tell, Pink Floyd is very talented and the critics believe so too!

Most popular song and albums

Pink Floyd is most known by their many songs and albums, ones like the very popular Dark Side of the Moon, as well as The Wall, and Wish You were Here. The albums made their fame as well as the very strange sounding instrumental parts and rhythmic choices made in each individual song unique. “Their music always had me feeling like I was floating around in space”- Jordan Johnson.

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Puppet master on stage during tour.

 

Movies made about/by the band

Not only did Pink Floyd make mind blowing trippy music, they also made films and had films made about them, as well as footage from their many amazing theatrical tours. Some of these movies include Pink Floyd at Pompeii, which is shows live versions of their songs filmed at an old Pompeii amphitheater; The Wall, which is a concept music film created and directed by singer “Roger Waters”. This film follows musician “Pink Floyd” as we watch him build a psychological wall around himself to hide from the outside world. This movie had won and was nominated for tons of awards from its insane popularity. Other movies about the band include Pulse, Sound of Thunder, and Time.

If you think that after all these years they’d be done with music for good, you are wrong. Even after all these years, Roger Waters is still going on tour this year! These men never give up no matter how old they are, that really says a lot too! If you want to see this legend, he will be at the Duluth Energy Center on July 16th, the tour is “Dark Side of the Moon” themed and it is truly a sight to see. I wouldn’t miss it for the world! “Me and my boyfriend are going and I’m just so excited! I can’t wait to see the legend himself who made the band!”- Taylor Irvin.

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Pink Floyd giving the crowd a show to remember

 

**All Pictures are From Creative Commons

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