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PostSubject: The Pink Floyd [Biography]   Mon 21 May - 22:28



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Pink Floyd
are an English rock band that earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. They are known for philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, innovative cover art, and elaborate live shows. One of rock music's most successful and influential acts, the group has sold over 200 million albums worldwide, and an estimated 73.5 million albums in the United States alone.

Pink Floyd had moderate success in the late 1960s as a psychedelic band led by the late Syd Barrett; however, Barrett's erratic behaviour forced his colleagues to eventually replace him with guitarist and singer David Gilmour. After Barrett's departure, singer and bass player Roger Waters gradually became the band's leader and main songwriter. Under Waters' leadership, the band recorded several albums, achieving worldwide success with The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979). In 1985, Waters declared Pink Floyd defunct, but the remaining members, led by Gilmour, continued recording and touring under the name, enjoying commercial success and eventually reaching a settlement with Waters over the use of the name.

Waters performed with the band for the first time in 24 years, on July 2, 2005 at the London Live 8 concert, playing to Pink Floyd's biggest audience ever. All of the members of the band were also present at a concert in tribute of Syd Barrett at London's Barbican Centre on May 10th, 2007, though only Gilmour, Wright, and Mason performed together while Waters performed solo.



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PostSubject: Re: The Pink Floyd [Biography]   Mon 21 May - 22:32

Band history

Syd Barrett-led era: 1965–1968


Pink Floyd evolved from an earlier band, formed in 1965, which was at various times called Sigma 6, The Meggadeaths, The Architectural Abdabs, The Screaming Abdabs, and simply The Abdabs. When the band split up, some members — guitarists Rado "Bob" Klose and Roger Waters, drummer Nick Mason, and wind instrument player Rick Wright — formed a new band called 'Tea Set'. After a brief stint with a lead vocalist named Chris Dennis, guitarist and vocalist Syd Barrett joined the band, with Waters moving to bass. When 'Tea Set' found themselves on the same bill as another band with the same name, Barrett came up with the alternative name The Pink Floyd Sound, after two blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
For a time after this they oscillated between 'Tea Set' and 'The Pink
Floyd Sound', with the latter name eventually winning out. The Sound was dropped fairly quickly, but the definite article was still used occasionally for several years afterward; David Gilmour is known to have referred to the group as "The Pink Floyd" as late as 1984, though they never released any recordings under that name.

The heavily jazz-oriented Klose left the band to become a photographer shortly before Pink Floyd started recording, leaving an otherwise stable lineup with Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Waters on bass guitar and backing vocals, Mason on drums and percussion, and Wright switching to keyboards and backing vocals. Barrett soon started writing his own songs, influenced by American and British psychedelic rock with his own brand of whimsical humour. Pink Floyd became a favourite in the underground movement, playing at such prominent venues as the UFO club, the Marquee Club and the Roundhouse. At the end of 1966 the band were invited to contribute music for Peter Whitehead's film Tonite Let's All Make Love in London; they were filmed recording two tracks ("Interstellar Overdrive"
and "Nick's Boogie") in January 1967. Although hardly any of this music
made it onto the film, the session was eventually released as London 1966/1967 in 2005.

As their popularity increased, the band members formed Blackhill Enterprises in October 1966, a six-way business partnership with their managers, Peter Jenner and Andrew King, issuing the singles "Arnold Layne" in March 1967 and "See Emily Play" in June 1967. "Arnold Layne" reached number 20 in the UK Singles Chart, and "See Emily Play" reached number 6,granting the band its first national TV appearance on Top of the Pops in July 1967. (They had earlier appeared, performing "Interstellar Overdrive" at the UFO Club, in a short documentary, "It's So Far Out It's Straight Down". This was broadcast in March 1967 but seen only in the UK's Granada TV region.) Released in August 1967, the band's debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, is today considered to be a prime example of British psychedelic music,and was generally well-received by critics at the time. It is now viewed as one of the better debut albums by many critics.

The album's tracks, predominantly written by Barrett, showcase poetic
lyrics and an eclectic mixture of music, from the avant-garde free-form
piece "Interstellar Overdrive" to whimsical songs such as "The Scarecrow", inspired by the Fenlands, a rural region north of Cambridge (Barrett, Gilmour and Waters's home town). Lyrics were entirely surreal and often referred to folklore, such as "The Gnome". The music reflected newer technologies in electronics through its prominent use of stereo panning, tape editing, echo effects and electric keyboards. The album was a hit in the UK where it peaked at 6, but did not get much attention in North America, reaching 131 in the U.S., and that only after it was reissued in the wake of the band's stateside commercial breakthrough in the 1970s. During this period, the band toured with Jimi Hendrix, which helped to increase its popularity.

Barrett's decline


As the band became more popular, the stresses of life on the road and a significant intake of psychedelic drugs took their toll on Barrett, whose mental health had been deteriorating for several months. Barrett's strange behaviour has often been attributed to his drug use. In January 1968, guitarist David Gilmour joined the band to carry out Barrett's playing and singing duties. With Barrett's behaviour becoming less and less predictable, and his almost constant use of LSD, he became very unstable, often staring into space while the rest of the band performed. During some performances, he would just strum one chord for the duration of a concert, or randomly begin detuning his guitar.

The band's live shows became increasingly ramshackle until, eventually,
the other band members simply stopped taking him to the concerts. It
was originally hoped that Barrett would write for the band with Gilmour performing live, but Barrett's increasingly difficult compositions, such as "Have You Got It Yet?", which changed melodies and chord progression with every take, eventually made the rest of the band give up on this arrangement. Once Barrett's departure was formalised in April 1968, producers Jenner and King decided to remain with him, and the six-way Blackhill partnership was dissolved. The band adopted Steve O'Rourke as manager, and he remained with Pink Floyd until his death in 2003. After recording two solo albums (The Madcap Laughs and Barrett) in 1970 (co-produced by and sometimes featuring Gilmour, Waters and Wright) to moderate success, Barrett went into seclusion. Again going by his given name, Roger, he lived a quiet life in his native Cambridge for more than 35 years. Barrett died at his home on July 7, 2006.
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PostSubject: Re: The Pink Floyd [Biography]   Mon 21 May - 22:49

Official Pink Floyd members

1965

  • Syd Barrett – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Bob Klose – lead guitar
  • Roger Waters – bass, vocals
  • Rick Wright – keyboards, vocals
  • Nick Mason – drums, percussion

1965–1968


  • Syd Barrett – guitar, lead vocals
  • Roger Waters – bass, vocals
  • Rick Wright – keyboards, vocals
  • Nick Mason – drums, percussion

1968


  • David Gilmour – lead guitar, vocals
  • Syd Barrett – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Roger Waters – bass, lead vocals
  • Rick Wright – keyboards, lead vocals
  • Nick Mason – drums, percussion

1968–1981


  • David Gilmour – guitar, lead vocals
  • Roger Waters - bass, lead vocals
  • Rick Wright – keyboards, vocals
  • Nick Mason – drums, percussion

1981–1985


  • David Gilmour – lead guitar, vocals
  • Roger Waters – bass, lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
  • Nick Mason – drums, percussion

1985–1987


  • David Gilmour – guitar, lead vocals, bass, keyboards
  • Nick Mason – drums, percussion

1987–present


  • David Gilmour – guitar, lead vocals, bass
  • Rick Wright – keyboards, vocals
  • Nick Mason – drums, percussion


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PostSubject: Re: The Pink Floyd [Biography]   Tue 22 May - 4:17

Once of the most crazy perfoming I've seen on stage.

The Wall tourrrrr

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PostSubject: Re: The Pink Floyd [Biography]   Tue 22 May - 7:14

Nawal wrote:
Once of the most crazy perfoming I've seen on stage.

The Wall tourrrrr

Thanx Peter for sharing
Welcome !! It was also my pleasure to build up that subject !! Pink Floyd Are one of these groupe that you can't ignore if you like music. They have been in they're time, visionarys of what the Wall was all about. In our days they've knocked out this bloody wall, thanks God ..... even if a lot is still to be done.
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PostSubject: Re: The Pink Floyd [Biography]   Tue 22 May - 7:16

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