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Pink Floyd's London – A Walking Tour
Sat 17 June 2017, 10:45 – 13:15 BST
The Pink Floyd London Walk
(The tour ends at The V&A, venue for the Pink Floyd exhibition Their Mortal Remains – you'll need an Oster/Travelcard.)
Architecture students Roger Waters, Nick Mason & Richard Wright met at Regent Street Polytechnic in 1963. They founded R&B combo Sigma 6 (later the Screaming Abdabs and then The Tea Set) & were joined in '64 by charismatic painter & songwriter Syd Barrett.
Syd melded the blues singers FLOYD council & PINK Anderson for the band's new name and brought an oh-so English take to their psychedelic sound.
The troubled Barrett has become a cult figure despite leaving the band in '68. His drug use and reclusive final years are the stuff of rock'n'roll legend.
David Gilmour (an old Cambridge friend of both Barrett & Waters) replaced Syd, and, with Waters as principal writer, they went on to sell millions of records over a period of 15 years of groundbreaking rock music followed by 20 years of very public artistic differences.
Five decades on, Floyd records still sell, new Sydologists join the cult every year and the debate rages on: Waters or Gilmour: which side are you on?
Have a cigar, you're gonna go far... This is Pink Floyd's London. A walking tour with London Walks - £10 £8 for students and over-65's. This walk is not suitable for children.