by Trevor Johnson
Pink Floyd is one of the most influential artists of all time. Psychedelia, trip hop and sampling all owe a debt to them. Yet, they started out as a very different act from the one they became. The group met while studying at the London Polytechnic. Syd Barrett was the creative heart of the band, followed by jazz influenced keyboard player Richard Wright, drummer Nick Mason, and bassist Roger Waters (an ambitious, driven individual). After surviving the mental breakdown of Syd Barrett, they went through a period of artistic evolution, one that has yet to be matched. They released a string of stunning albums, some of which are among the most iconic ever; this is all whilst being haunted by Barrett’s breakdown. Madness and alienation are just a couple of the topics they kept returning to.
The band then had to evolve again following the egomania of Roger Waters, who took on the frontman role. He left following 1983's Final Cut, assuming it would result in the dissolution of the band. David Gilmour stepped to the fore, and proved that wrong by creating new albums. They sounded different, but were still recognisably Floyd. More on that later; now it is 1967 and we begin.......
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