It was a tough struggle for every note, a frustrating search for a vision, a sparking idea. Pink Floyd initially found it very difficult when it came to recording a new album. Necessity is the mother of invention, and so the band ventured a new approach, but it required an "aha" effect, an illuminating moment that pointed the way. In late 1971, after a seemingly endless recording process, "Meddle" was finally released. It showed Pink Floyd focused as never before. The band had found themselves, had finally arrived in the 70s. "Meddle" was literally a milestone on the way to "The Dark Side Of The Moon" and "Wish You Were Here".
No tours, no albums, no stress - just family and fresh air: On his 75th birthday, David Gilmour is taking it easy and visibly mutating into a Buddha. A man who has finished with the music business, with band hierarchies and his own status as a rock star and wants to spend his old age in the most contemplative way possible. He is allowed to do so ..
In 2020 Nick Mason is going on another tour with his band Saucerful Of Secrets, which will take him through about 50 European cities. A large part of the setlist will consist of Pink Floyd songs from 1968 to 1972. During these five years of reorientation after the separation from Syd Barrett, the group took the decisive steps in a development that would bring them superstar status from 1973 onwards and make them the art-rock band par excellence.
The Wall", Pink Floyd's eleventh studio album, was released at the end of November 1979. It is the most famous album of the British art rockers. It is the most successful double album in rock music history. Along with "The Dark Side Of The Moon", "Wish You Were Here" and "Animals" it belongs to the four big albums on which the superstar status of the band is based. But "The Wall" is more than just an art rock album. It's stylistically singular. There's hardly anything like it. It's also Roger Waters' soul striptease. It is timeless and has expanded its importance over the decades. It started out as an individual psychological analysis and catharsis, but today it is a global political and sociological study. Now 40 years of "The Wall" - and Pink Floyd and Roger Waters do what they usually do on such occasions: nothing.
For years Nick Mason has been annoyed about the solo activities of his former band mates Roger Waters and David Gilmour when they take over the Floyd heritage. Now the drummer himself climbs into the ring to put the joint musical legacy on stage in the right light. His band Saucerful Of Secrets is a means of overcoming frustration and nurturing the psychedelic early work that Waters and Gilmour avoid.
After London and Rome, the celebrated Pink Floyd exhibition "Their Mortal Remains" stops in Dortmund. In the Dortmunder U, a landmark of the city, which was converted from the brewery building into a centre for art and culture, a multimedia experience awaits the visitors from 15 September, which brings the guests not only the music of the legendary British band, but also the personality of its members closer. The Dutchman Edwin Jacobs, director of the Dortmunder U and artistic director of the Pink Floyd exhibition, spoke to the eclipsed about "Their Mortal Remains".
eclipsed: After the two world metropolises London and Rome, the exhibition is now taking place in Dortmund. Not exactly a world metropolis. Why much the choice on Dortmund?
It's Pink Floyd's fault. The story of the extent to which the escalating material battles of prog and art rock in the mid-seventies, accompanied by overestimation of one's own self and megalomania, helped to cause punk, has been told a hundred times. It is true that the adolescents of those years who were affected by a recession lost touch with their idols, especially in England. But this movement was not a one-way street. The album "Animals" is an impressive example of the effects of the social circumstances that gave birth to punk on a band that was already regarded as dinosaurs at that time. With this surprising record, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright were closer to the Sex Pistols than their contemporaries could have known.
He was tired and exhausted, had already talked too much the last few days and had to step down a bit today. What the manager of Roger Waters passes on to the representative of the New York record company in the best sergeant manner shows little respect for half a dozen journalists who travelled from all over the world to the Big Apple to speak to the former Pink Floyd mastermind. All dates on a rainy Thursday noon at the end of April will be severely shortened. A nonchalant approach, which is not even communicated to most of those affected, in order to avoid resentment.
PINK FLOYD - The early years
Half a century after the founding of the band and two years after the end of Pink Floyd announced by David Gilmour, the art-rock legend presents "The Early Years 1965-1972", a box full of 27 CDs full of rarities from her early years. We take this publication as an opportunity to recapitulate these eight formative years - the prehistory of a world career. We also let Nick Mason speak in detail about the huge archive box and his memories of that phase.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.