A History Of Pink Floyd From Their Birth Untill 1995.

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One of the most popular bands in the history of rock music, England's Pink Floyd transcended its beginnings as a psychedelic R&B cover group to become a highly inventive, technically gifted space rock band that sold out stadiums throughout the '70s and earned its place in the classic rock pantheon with numerous platinum-selling albums. After the departure of lyricist/bassist Roger Waters in the early '80s, the band entered hibernation as Waters and guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour fought over the legal rights to the band's name. After a settlement, Gilmour, along with founding members Richard Wright (keyboards)and Nick Mason (drums) continued on as Pink Floyd, releasing new albums and touring twice in the late '80s and '90s.Pink Floyd's roots go way back to the early 1960s, when Waters, Wright and Mason were in an R&B band together while at art school in Cambridge. After numerous lineup and name changes, the group settled on the name Pink Floyd (taken from the name two American blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council) and featured Waters on bass, Wright on keyboards, Mason on drums and a friend named Syd Barrett on guitar and vocals. By 1966 Pink Floyd was a popular band at underground clubs in Britain and was playing original music - weird psychedelic rock played at incredible volumes, accompanied by a fancy light show. EMI released a single by the group, "Arnold Layne," in March of 1967, and it entered the U.K. charts at No. 2. A follow-up single, "See Emily Play," reached No. 6 and stayed on the charts for almost two months, leading the band to release their full-length debut, the psychedelic The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, later that year.While their first album was sitting high on the U.K. charts, the band was facing a personnel crisis: Syd Barrett was using so much LSD almost constantly that he became very unstable, often staring into space while the rest of the band performed, missing recording sessions and shows, and even disappearing for days at a time. In January of 1968 the band brought in David Gilmour, who had gained a reputation as a skillful guitarist while performing with the local band Joker's Wild, to cover for Barrett on stage whenever he wigged out. After only a few shows as a five-piece it became apparent Barrett could no longer perform at all and one night on the way to a show the band just didn't pick him up; he was officially fired a few months later. Barrett and Pink Floyd remained friends, though, and the band even helped him record two solo albums which earned him a small cult following. Barrett retired from music permanently in the early 1970s and has lived in seclusion with family ever since, still somewhat impaired.Pink Floyd's second album, A Saucerful of Secrets, released during the summer of 1968, expanded the band's space-rock sound while seeming less bizarre thanks to Barrett's reduced influence (he only appears on a few tracks). In 1969 the band contributed the soundtrack to an anti-drug art...

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