Wish You Were Here? Pink Floyd On Exhibit

by Norm Gregory on May 13, 2017

in Music


The Victoria & Albert Museum’s new exhibition is a psychedelic time capsule of a show devoted to the band Pink Floyd, complete with floating pigs, surreal animations and trippy projections.

But it’s not the visuals, or the group’s experimental and sometimes indulgent music, that marks this out as an ode to a vanished time. It’s the economics.

Pink Floyd was given limitless studio time to create sprawling albums that sold in the tens of millions. The band staged multimedia shows so huge and technically ambitious that the set for one tour took eight days to assemble.

Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, a founder of the Hipgnosis design team behind Pink Floyd’s most famous album covers, said the exhibition celebrates ‘a 25-year golden period when album sales were through the roof and the industry was awash with money to allow renegades to be able to expand.’

‘The adage that Pink Floyd had was, the art comes first, the money comes later,’ Powell said Tuesday at a preview for the exhibition, which opens today and runs to Oct. 1. ‘It was, ‘Whatever it costs do it, because that’s what we believe in.’ (More via The Columbian.)

1 Gary Burleigh May 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm

Great screen cast concise and comprehensive. I heard many times about Robin Williams stealing jokes from comedians who would appear on our morning show in Nashville while appearing at Zanies the local comic club.

Ricky sang I’m Walkin’ and Teenagers Romance on Ozzie and Harriet after release of his first single on Verve records….

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