The band's living members -- Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, offered items for display.

International retrospective exhibit on Pink Floyd opened in London
news Art Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 10:30

A first international retrospective exhibition on the world-famous rock band Pink Floyd which recalls how the British group became a cultural icon since it was born in the 1960s, opened in London.

"Pink Floyd is one of the biggest bands of the last century. They came to prominence in the mid-60s when they were in the vanguard of the psychedelic movement, when music was really changing," the exhibition's curator Victoria Broackes told Xinhua news agency on Saturday when the exhibition – Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains -- opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Pink Floyd, formed by young architecture students -- Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, chose the name by amalgamating the names of two American Blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Counsel.

The band's living members Waters and David Gilmour who later joined the band as the lead guitarist and vocals after Barrett's departure, and Mason, all of whom offered items for display. 

Mason acted as a consultant for the exhibition and a liaison with his band members.

Pink Floyd's cult status in 1960s London grew, but it was the album "The Dark Side of the Moon" which saw them attain a global audience.

"Albums were beginning to outsell singles, and music was beginning to tell the story of the change that was going on in society. But they were still quite a cult band at that stage. And then in 1972-3 they had an amazing hit with 'Dark Side of the Moon', which incredibly still sells 7,000 copies a week. And, so that changed from being a cult success to being a worldwide hit," said Broackes.

Pink Floyd earned a reputation for musical success and experimentation and was a forerunner of some of the technologies and theatricalities seen in many modern music performances.

The ongoing exhibition records the band's many iconic albums.

The exhibition has some of the feel of a grand rock event, and exhibition designer Ray Winkler, of the well-known design company STUFISH, which has had a close design relationship with the band since the early 1980s, said there were many similarities between the exhibition and a stadium concert.

Pink Floyd is renowned for being very early adopters of electronic music, according to Broackes. 

The exhibition has a focus on synthesizers, microphones and other electronic musical gadgets, she added.

"We have employed a musicologist, an expert to interpret these because I think that many people, like me, don't actually know a synthesizer from another synthesizer," said Broackes.

The exhibition runs till October 1. 


(All Images: Facebook/Victoria and Albert Museum)

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