Pink Floyd Research Paper

Topics: Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Richard Wright Pages: 8 (2981 words) Published: May 30, 2013
Pink Floyd research paper

Hard at work in my room I was contemplating how to start my research paper off with a “BANG!”. When I realized, Pink Floyd’s music usually starts very slow and low. Without missing a beat, I picked up my acoustic guitar and began lightly strumming the intro to “wish you were here”. The light tones swept me to my high school years and brought back memories of movies, road trips accompanied by music such as this, music everyone can sing to, music that everyone can relate to. Then just as quickly as I was swept away, I was eerily back in my room where I was writing this paper. When I thought “what was roger waters thinking while writing the lyrics, and how did the unused sessions of the collaborated written music sound, did David Gilmour like a different guitar riff than waters, or were they unanimously in agreement?”. These were the strikes on my mental match that started the unstoppable Floyd fire which set my mind ablaze.

Pink Floyd over the 48 years of its existence has had five members in the group(all of which have been inducted in the rock & roll hall of fame), with its 'founder' being Syd Barrett (some argue roger waters had founder status as well, but I don't know because it wasn’t “Pink Floyd” until Barrett came up with the name). The four original members of Pink Floyd all met in London while going to school for their degrees. Syd Barrett, the original lead guitarist, met up with three men who were studying at the London Technical College for Architecture. These three were Roger Waters, the bass player, Rick Wright the keyboardist and finally a drummer named Nick Mason. All of the members of the band were originally from Cambridge apart from Rick Wright, who was from London. In fact Waters and Mason were friends at school and had spent most of their teenage life together. Waters and Barrett were childhood friends. Waters had usually visited Barrett and watched him play guitar at Barrett's mother's house. Mason said this regarding Barrett: "In a period when everyone was being cool in a very adolescent, self-conscious way, Syd was unfashionably outgoing; my enduring memory of our first encounter is the fact that he bothered to come up and introduce himself to me".

Starting in 1964, the band that would become Pink Floyd underwent various line-up and name changes such as "The Abdabs", "The Screaming Abdabs", "Sigma 6", and "The Meggadeaths". In 1965, Barrett joined them as The Tea Set (sometimes spelled as T-Set), Barrett created the name The Pink Floyd Sound on the spur of the moment when he discovered that another band, also called the Tea Set, were to perform at one of their gigs. The final name is derived from the given names of two Georgia blues musicians whose records Barrett had in his collection, Pink Anderson and Floyd “flipper boy” Council. Pink Floyd (as they are called now) originally consisted of students Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. Pioneering the Pink Floyd’s sound was Syd Barrett.

Pink Floyd first gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s. In early 1967, Norman Smith began working with a new group, Pink Floyd, producing their first, second, and fourth studio albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, and Ummagumma. By mid-1967, they had developed an unmistakably psychedelic sound, performing long, loud compositions that boasted accents of hard rock, blues, country, folk, and experimental electronic music. Adding a slide-and-light show (one of the first in British rock), they became a sensation among London's underground as a featured attraction at the UFO Club. Under Barrett's creative leadership they released two charting singles called “See Emily Play”, And “Arnold Layne”; Another success is “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”, the debut album by Pink Floyd, and the only one made under founding member Syd Barrett's leadership. David Gilmour joined as a fifth member in...
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