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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Giuliano Playing Along with Pink Floyd Lucifer Sam

Check out Giuliano playing along to Pink Floyd Lucifer Sam! He’s got some cool oil projection action going too!


Giuliano Playing Along with Pink Floyd Lucifer Sam

Check out Giuliano playing along to Pink Floyd Lucifer Sam! He’s got some cool oil projection action going too!


Monday, July 27, 2009

Pink Floyd Jimi Hendrix Concert Program

Pink Floyd Jimi Hendrix

Check out this vintage music program for a tour starring the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, Pink Floyd, The Amen Corner, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits with Pete Drummond as Compere. The tour began on November 14th 1967 and ended on the 5th December 1967. Measures approx 20.5 cm x 26 cm in size and is approx 16 pages in total.

Jimi Hendrix was a big Floyd fan since 1966. Of course they were big fans of Hendrix too. And Mason loved Mitch Mitchell's drumming (don't we all?). Here's a quote from an interview with Hendrix:

"You've already expressed appreciation in one paper for Pink Floyd, one of the things you admire about Pink Floyd and things they're doing."

HENDRIX: "Oh yeah, well they're doing like a different type of music, they're doing more of like a space type of thing. I mean inner space it seems like. And technically, you know, they're getting into electronics and all this. Yeah, they do like a space type of thing, like an inner space type of thing and sometimes you just lay back by yourself and appreciate them. That's the type of music they're into, so it's good."

Pink Floyd Jimi Hendrix Tour Dates:
14 November - The Alchemical Wedding, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England (Jimi Hendrix tour)

15 November - Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
17 November - City (Oval) Hall, Sheffield, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour), then: All Nite Garden Party, Queens Hall, Leeds, England
18 November - Empire Theatre, Liverpool, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
19 November - Coventry Theatre, Coventry, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
22 November - Guildhall, Portsmouth, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
23 November - Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff, Wales (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
24 November - Colston Hall, Bristol, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
25 November - Opera House, Blackpool, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
26 November - Palace Theatre, Manchester, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
27 November - Festival '67, Whitla Hall, Queens College, Belfast, Northern Ireland (two shows)
1 December - Central Hall, Chatham, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
2 December - The Dome, Brighton, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
3 December - Theatre Royal, Nottingham, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
4 December - City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)
5 December - Green's Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland (two shows; Jimi Hendrix tour)


Friday, July 24, 2009

Pink Floyd Arnold Layne Metal Acetate

Pink Floyd Arnold Layne

Have you ever seen one? Gaze upon an incredible one sided UK 7" metal acetate of Pink Floyd Arnold Layne!

Pink Floyd Arnold Layne lyrics:

Arnold Layne had a strange hobby
Collecting clothes
Moonshine washing line
They suit him fine

On the wall hung a tall mirror
Distorted view, see through baby blue
He dug it
Oh, Arnold Layne
It's not the same, takes two to know
Two to know, two to know, two to know
Why can't you see?

Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne

Now he's caught - a nasty sort of person.
They gave him time
Doors bang - chain gang - he hates it

Oh, Arnold Layne
It's not the same, takes two to know
two to know, two to know, two to know,
Why can't you see?

Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne
Don't do it again.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hungarian Research Postulates Syd Barrett Had Genetic Condition

Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett

Being creative helps Nigel Bart, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia fifteen years ago, get through life and manage his mental disorder. Mr. Bart wakes up every day with what he describes as an intrinsic need to be creative. And he's not alone.

The possible link between creativity and mental illness is well documented, but new research out of Budapest, Hungary postulates what could be a genetic link between the two. Szabolcs Keri, a psychiatrist and scientist, says he hopes the research will show that individuals with mild forms of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can be, and have been, valuable, contributing members of society. Dr. Keri said although schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are profoundly damaging illnesses, milder forms of the same conditions could make individuals afflicted think more originally and creatively.

The Great Ludwig van Beethoven, author Virginia Woolf and Pink Floyd leader - Syd Barrett are just a few of the artists thought to have suffered from mental illness which could have aided to their creative genius.

The Hungarian research looks at Neuregulin 1, a protein in the gene NRG1 often found in the mentally ill. It helps control the flow of information between neurons, directing them into the frontal lobe of the brain; the part responsible for personality, intellect, creativity and long-term planning.

Using commonly recognized standardized tests to measure the creativity and IQ of two hundred "highly intellectual" Hungarians, it was found that those who had the elevated Neuregulin 1 protein answered questions more creatively and "thought outside the box."

"It would be much too simple to say that people with Neuregulin 1 are automatically more creative the brain is more complex than that," Dr. Keri said. "But you could say that, by easing the flow of information to the frontal lobe, Neuregulin 1 contributes to greater creativity and intellectual capacity."

Doctor Keri claims that the NRG1 gene, which is present in both highly intelligent, creative people and those with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, has been selected through evolution because it is useful to have members of a society who can think creatively.

"Some researchers say that it's a very romantic point of view that madness and creativity are related, but I don't think it's just romantic, I think its reality," said Dr. Keri.


Monday, July 20, 2009

14 Hour Technicolor Dream DVD Trailer

Check out this trailer for the 14 Hour Technicolor Dream DVD.


Giuliano playing along with Candy And A Currant Bun & Interstellar Overdrive!

Check out Giuliano playing along with Candy And A Currant Bun & Interstellar Overdrive! The version of IA is from the Tonight Let’s All Make Love In London Soundtrack. Guliano has a nice tone! I have also included some cool videos of Giuliano’s daughter Sophia Adilene Navarro. That kid is being exposed to some good culture!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Syd Barrett Octopus - Russian Flexi Disc

Syd Barrett Octopus

Check out this 5" Syd Barrett Octopus flexi disc from Russia. This is for the Sydidiot completist. I have no idea what this flexi disc went with. It says on the Internet that this Budkon label is a bootleg label. Lovely. Here is more information below:
Title: Octopus
Record Company: BUDKON
Catalog Number: P60 4871
Size / Shape: 5 1/2" square
Cover: Title sleeve with a picture of a woman.
Disc: Clear flexi-disc.


Trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro'
you have no word
trip, trip to a dream dragon
hide your wings in a ghost tower
sails cackling at every plate we break
cracked by scattered needles
the little minute gong
coughs and clears his throat
madam you see before you stand
hey ho, never be still
the old original favorite grand
grasshoppers green Herbarian band
and the tune they play is "In Us Confide"
so trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro'
you have no word
Please leave us here
close our eyes to the octopus ride!
Isn't it good to be lost in the wood
isn't it bad so quiet there, in the wood
meant even less to me than I thought
with a honey plough of yellow prickly seeds
clover honey pots and mystic shining feed...
well, the madcap laughed at the man on the border
hey ho, huff the Talbot
"Cheat" he cried shouting kangaroo
it's true in their tree they cried
Please leave us here
close our eyes to the octopus ride!

Please leave us here
close our eyes to the octopus ride!

The madcap laughed at the man on the border
hey ho, huff the Talbot
the winds they blew and the leaves did wag
they'll never put me in their bag
the seas will reach and always seep
so high you go, so low you creep
the wind it blows in tropical heat
the drones they throng on mossy seats
the squeaking door will always squeak
two up, two down we'll never-[lee] limit
so merrily trip forgo my side
Please leave us here


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Storm Thorgerson Article

Storm Thorgerson

'DO I believe that the use of computer-based technology results in a lack of emotional impact in modern design?" grins Storm Thorgerson, taking a sip of red wine and thinking hard, as he often does, before speaking.

"One of the main problems with contemporary computer-based graphics is the plethora of 'wallpaper' designs that are pretty, tasteful, discreet, selectively focused and smeared, but they're not idea-driven. Although there is a view that visual design has no need, perhaps no place, to be idea-driven, it clearly isn't my view. Some computer stuff is very nice but that's what it is... very nice. It titillates the retina, but moves the heart or tells the head very little."

Thorgerson, on the other hand, uses a mesmerising mixture of fantasy and reality, creating the sort of surreal images which are crystal clear yet somehow utterly confusing. Since he started in 1968 there has always been a sense of mystery to his work.

We are having lunch in a restaurant beneath his Belsize Park studio, which he has owned since the early 1970s. From the moment we start to talk it becomes clear there is nothing remotely conventional about him. It may be lunchtime for Thorgerson but for everyone else it is 5pm. Having suffered a stroke a few years ago his physical movement is limited but he is still positively fizzing with enthusiasm for his work.

Born in 1944 in Potters Bar, Thorgerson's childhood would not have been considered unusual were it not for the fact that he went to school in Cambridge with Pink Floyd founders Roger Waters and Syd Barrett.

"Roger and I had two connections, one of which was through our mothers, who happened to be pals, and also because we tended to play rugby and cricket together at school, so we knew each other in that context before Pink Floyd. Syd was just one of the gang and at that time there had been no herald of his artistry.

"If I hadn't known the Floyd then I'd probably have done something else, if not better. Sometimes the Floyd might say 'We think you owe your career as much to us as we do to you... or more. Well, I wonder."

Having studied English and philosophy at university, inspired by seeing Fellini's 81/2 and Antonioni's L'Avventura, Thorgerson completed an MA in film and television at London's Royal College Of Art. Floyd had already enjoyed success with their debut album, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, and were putting the finishing touches to their second, A Saucerful Of Secrets, when a friend turned down the job of creating its sleeve. With no background in art or graphic design, Thorgerson volunteered.

"They happened to be in our flat and they asked David Henderson, who was a painter, but he refused," he recalls. "I was nosily listening at the door and I said 'I'll do that'. I took a chance that was in front of me. I didn't know any better really. They didn't know any better either, and they just said 'Oh, okay then'."

By the time Floyd started recording their next album it was clear that Barrett - until then, the charismatic leader of the band - wasn't mentally fit enough to continue. They had no choice but to part company with their frontman, who soon spiralled out of control and disappeared into a mental fog that kept him hidden from the outside world until he died three years ago.

Along with friend Aubrey Powell, Thorgerson formed a graphic design company, Hipgnosis. Their surrealist work raised the bar for album-cover design and changed the way the world looked at music through their sleeves. Hipgnosis designed covers for everyone from Paul McCartney and Peter Gabriel to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. More recently, Thorgerson has worked with an eclectic array of artists including Muse, Anthrax and The Cranberries.

In the current climate where every image seems to have been generated through a computer, the most astonishing thing about Thorgerson's work is that he has painstakingly set up most of his album cover shoots for real.

From the burning businessman on Wish You Were Here and the inflatable pig over Battersea Power Station on Animals to placing 700 wrought-iron beds on a beach in north Devon for A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, Thorgerson could never be accused of cutting corners.

"What price art, eh? We put a cow on the cover for the Floyd's Atom Heart Mother so it probably cost about a tenner, but you could have bought a house for the cost of A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. When we did that one it kept raining so you couldn't really see that all those beds were actually there anyway, and we had to take them all back again and repeat the whole exercise two weeks later. At that point, I wondered if I was stark raving mad," he laughs.

What does Thorgerson remember about shooting the sleeves for Wish You Were Here and Animals? "One of the main things I thought about 'Burning Man' is it's a bit scary - this idea that you might actually set a man on fire for a record cover, which is a bit like - next step, snuff movies - so what will you do for your art? Obviously, in 1975, people knew that it was real, so they were saying 'How did they do that?' and 'Did the man actually die?' Art has often bordered on the sort of showmanship edge.

"I remember the Animals cover shoot being a total hoot. Roger was very fond of Battersea Power Station and they had this gigantic inflatable pig that was part of the Floyd live show. We couldn't get the pig airborne and then it escaped from its moorings directly into the flightpaths of Heathrow airport. You couldn't have paid for all the newspaper coverage it got at the time: 'Airline Pilots See Flying Pigs.' I think Pink Floyd had their share of daft Spinal Tap moments and this was one of them."

Thorgerson designed almost every Floyd album sleeve from A Saucerful Of Secrets onwards, although it is his work on 1973's The Dark Side Of The Moon that left the most indelible mark on the cultural landscape. His prism design has mystified and mesmerised fans ever since.

"The idea was cobbled from a standard physics textbook, which illustrated light passing through a prism," Thorgerson explains. "Rick Wright suggested we do something simple, elegant and graphic, not photographic. We decided to connect it to ambition and madness, which were themes Roger was exploring heavily in the lyrics... hence the prism, triangle and pyramids. Somehow, it all connects. The design meeting took about three seconds. The band cast their eyes over everything, looked at each other and said 'That one'.

"Part of the creative process is like a little mental journey. Most of it takes place at the beginning - the conceptualising or the imagining of the ideas. So it's that which is like a flight of the imagination, and it's very pleasurable indeed."

Thorgerson discusses his work and the creative process at the Connecting Conversations event at London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road, on July 3. The event is part of the Holloway Arts Festival.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Rare Pink Floyd Poster - San Diego 10/18/70

pink floyd poster

Check out this ultra rare Pink Floyd poster! It promotes a 10/18/70 gig in San Diego. The band played Intercollegiate Baseball Facility, University College of San Diego, San Diego. Pink Floyd performed in San Diego for the first time at the Intercollegiate Baseball Facility (a.k.a. the Polo Field) at UCSD. Touring behind their Atom Heart Mother album, they had played the previous month for their largest audience ever -- over 500,000 people -- in Paris. Despite their popularity in Europe, Floyd was third on the San Diego bill, behind Hot Tuna and Leon Russell.

Tickets cost $3.50 for the general-admission show, which started at noon. "There was a big marijuana protest on the grounds at the same time," recalls one-time concert promoter Dan Tee, a member of UCSD's Student Body Council at the time and one of the people behind the show. "About a hundred people were carrying signs and chanting 'legalize it, legalize it,' and it seemed like there were at least that many cops around too. "(The protestors) weren't too organized, though. Before long, most of them were going into the concert instead of protesting.... We used a bunch of their (abandoned) sign poles to prop up a temporary fence that gate-crashers tore down to get into the concert."

The San Diego date was one of the few where the experimental song "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" was performed by the band. It lasted around 20 minutes. "They actually sat at a little folding table and ate for part of the song," says Tee, "with tapes of voices and sound effects playing in the background."

The band returned to San Diego one year later (10/17/71) to play a show at Golden Hall that became widely bootlegged.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pink Floyd on French TV 1968 - 1969! Vid!

Pink Floyd French TV 1968 - 1969! Get your fix here!



"The Scarecrow" is a song on Pink Floyd's debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). It first appeared as the B-side of their second single "See Emily Play" (as "Scarecrow") two months before. It was written by original frontman Syd Barrett and recorded in March 1967.

The song contains nascent existentialist themes, as singer Syd Barrett compares his own existence to that of the scarecrow, who, while "sadder" is also "resigned to his fate".

Today's Gig

On July 8 1967, The Pink Floyd recorded a promotional film of 'Scarecrow' for Pathe News TV (location?) and then later gave a concert at the Northwich Memorial Hall in Northwich, Cheshire.

Support: Phoenix Sound.

"So beautiful and strange and new! Since it was to end all too soon, I almost wish I had never heard it. Nothing seems worthwhile but just to hear that sound once more and go on listening to forever." (Kenneth Grahame - The Wind In The Willows)

The Pink Floyd 'Scarecrow' (promo film for Pathe News)

Outtakes from 'Scarecrow' film (no sound)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mark Jones - Pink Floyd Flaming (acoustic)

Mark Jones - Open Mic Night 2, Eden, Manchester, 1st Mar 2009. Mark plays Pink Floyd Flaming acoustic and does a great job! Maybe it’s the Ennnnnnnnnglish accent but he nails it pretty well. Mark is a Moderator of the Laughing Madcaps, Syd Barrett discussion group. Enjoy.


Today's Gig

On July 7 1967, The Pink Floyd played an early gig in Portsmouth, Hampshire and then a late show at the UFO Club, Tottenham Court Road, London (according to two unverified sources).

"I'm disappearing, avoiding most things." Syd Barrett

One of the rarest Pink Floy posters - 5th Dimension

pink floyd posters
pink floyd posters

pink floyd posters

pink floyd posters

One of the rarest Pink Floyd posters; a rare and original psychedelic poster from 1967. This is a psychedelic poster advertising '5th Dimension' , and event featuring Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, Ten Years After, Family and more. Designed by Michael English and Nigel Waymouth, known as 'Hapshash and The Coloured Coat', and printed by Osiris Visions. This is a hand silkscreen print featuring a vivid pink background, overlaid with a bright blue and metallic gold ink. The poster is black light reactive and measures approximately 20" x 30". It is a true silk screen print, each colour being applied separately. The gold area of the print is true metallic and adds a real dimension to the image. Most copies of this poster that still exsist have been cropped to fit in display cabinets. This one hasn't been cropped. Measures approximately 20 inches by 30 inches.


Monday, July 6, 2009

12/3/67 Pink Floyd Poster - Hendrix Package Tour

Pink Floyd Poster

Check out this Pink Floyd poster from 3rd December 1967 featuring Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, Eire Apparent, Outer Limits, Amen Corner, Pete Drummond, at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, UK.

It was (for sure) a mass of talent crammed onto one bill. For 3 weeks in December 1967, aboard a fleet of buses which cries-crossed the country leaving no major town unturned, the artists listed on this poster set out to bring a taste of London to the provinces.

Through the sixties, package tours were very popular. The Move's manager Tony Secunda explained, "The idea was to cram as many bands on to the bill as possible, not simply because it made financial sense, also because it gave massive exposure to bands who might never get out there."

The Jimi Hendrix Experience closed each show with a forty minute set; The Move received an hour; Pink Floyd had seventeen minutes; Amen Corner got fifteen minutes; The Nice had twelve minutes. Eire Apparent and The Outer Limits, eight-minutes apiece. "But eight minutes was enough," Secunda shrugged. "If you were a new band, and you couldn't prove yourselves in eight minutes, you might as well give up there and then."

With sixteen cities and thirty-one shows; all but the opening London gig with both an afternoon matinee and an evening performance, the tour represented a staggering task:

November 14 (Royal Albert Hall, London)
November 15 (Winter Gardens, Bournemouth)
November 17 (City Hall, Sheffield)
November 18 (Empire Theatre, Liverpool)
November 19 (Coventry Theatre, Liverpool)
November 22 (Guildhall, Portsmouth)
November 23 (Sophia Gardens, Cardiff)
November 24 (Colston Hall, Bristol)
November 25 (Blackpool Opera House, Blackpool)
November 26 (Palace Theatre, Manchester)
November 27 (Queens College, Belfast)
December 1 (Central Hall, Chatham)
December 2 (The Dome, Brighton)
December 3 (Theatre Royal, Nottingham)
December 4 (City Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
December 5 (Green's Playhouse, Glasgow)

Nice guitarist Davy O'List says, "Immediately you were done your set, you could leave, which was great; we used to be on third; sometimes I'd stay back to watch the Floyd play, but it was off to the nearest pub or wherever, and wait to be hauled out again." Or not, as it sometimes transpired.

"Everyone used to hang out with everybody else," stated Noel Redding. "Us lot (The Experience) were really close with The Move. Trevor Burton, the rhythm guitar player with The Move, used to travel with us, and if I was running late, I'd travel with The Move. So after the show, we'd all go to pubs, get pissed, then attempt to get on the coach at the time; we'd miss the coach and have to get buses and..."

Pink Floyd were probably the most surprising addition to the lineup. With Two Top Thirty hits in 1967, a Top Ten LP and tours in their own right, had already established the group amongst the country's top-flight psychedelic attractions, and there was little doubt that they could comfortably have taken billing alongside any band in the country.

According to Tony Secunda, however, Floyd's managers had a reason for taking the package tour. "Basically, they were worried about Syd Barrett, but needed to keep the band's name out there, but nobody knew if Barrett was up to it. The general feeling was that he wasn't."

Pink Floyd's set was made up of one song, a full on version of "Interstellar Overdrive." According to Davy O'List, "Syd was an amazing guitarist," O'List continues. "He really was, as much as Hendrix was in his own right." And in later, with both Jimi and Barrett long since absent from the scene, British journalists slavered at the thought of how these geniuses of the guitar might have related to one another. In a 1974 edition of the English New Musical Express, journalist Kent asked Peter Jenner, "Surely the two uncrowned kings of rock, Hendrix and Barrett, must have socialized in some?

"Not really," replied Jenner. "Syd didn't talk to anyone."

Move bassist Ace Kefford agrees. "Syd never spoke to anyone. He hardly moved sometimes. He was on another planet."

Sometimes Syd didn't show for a gig and Pink Floyd got Davy O'List to fill in, "It was a fairly straight forward guitar thing, so I was able to pick it up quite quickly," recalls O'List. "At first I kept my back to the audience while we were playing, and the audience was really impatient, shouting 'turn round, Syd,' and things like that. So I turned round, and they all shut up immediately. Then turned back and carried on playing." After Barrett's departure the Floyd was confirmed, O'List admits, he entertained hopes he might be invited to replace him full time. "But of, they'd already decided on Dave Gilmour by then."


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Kevin Ayers / Syd Barrett Religious Experience 10" Acetate

Syd barrett religious experience
Syd barrett religious experience

Supposedly one of the above pictures is of the "lost" Kevin Ayers / Syd Barrett Religious Experience pairing. Original 10" acetate of the Peter Jenner produced collaboration. This is a one sided 45 rpm with handwriting on the jacket dated 4/12/69.

Ayers was an great admirer of former Pink Floyd front man and innovative genius, Syd Barrett, and felt Syd’s contribution could enhance his latest song. On the way to Abbey Road studios, Kevin called into Barrett’s flat and requested his presence on the session. And so it was on November 9th 1969 Ayers and Barrett worked on the first version of the song which was then titled “Religious Experience”.

Take nine proved to be the master take and overdubs were undertaken onto the 8-track master. A finished mix, long since lost from the archives, was cut onto several acetate discs and taken away by various individuals for evaluation. After some consideration it was felt that Syd Barrett’s psychedelic guitar part was too chaotic and the track overlong. The decision was made to re-record “Religious Experience”.

Over the decades, rumors and supposed bootlegs abounded of the legendary “lost” Syd Barrett session. Eventually in 2003 the recording appeared as a bonus track on the re-mastered CD reissue of Joy of a Toy. Therefore, if the 4/12/69 date is correct, this acetate is from an earlier session. Or maybe this is a forgery. We'll never know until we can compare it to the released version.


Today's Gig

On July 5 1967, The Pink Floyd once again played The Dance Hall on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, Middlesex.

"Syd had a unique way of mixing. He would throw the levers on the board up and down, apparently at random, making pretty patterns with his hands. He was very demanding. You see, he was a painter and would not do anything unless he was doing it in an artistic way. He was 100 per cent creative and very hard on himself." Peter Jenner (quoted in Crazy Diamond: Syd Barrett & the Dawn of Pink Floyd by Mike Watkinson & Pete Anderson)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

(The Day Before) Yesterday's Gig

On July 2 1967, The Pink Floyd played the Digbeth Civic Hall in Birmingham, Warwickshire (billed as Midnight City)

Syd Barrett (on whether he had taken too much LSD): "Well, I don't know, it doesn't seem to have much to do with the job. I only know the thing of playing, of being a musician, was very exciting. Obviously, one was better off with a silver guitar with mirrors and things all over it than people who ended up on the floor or anywhere else in London. The general concept, I didn't feel so conscious of it as perhaps I should. I mean, one's position as a member of London's young people's (I don't know what you'd call it, underground wasn't it?) wasn't necessarily realised and felt, I don't think, especially from the point of view of groups. I remember at UFO, one week one group, then another week another group, going in and out, making that set-up, and I didn't think it was as active as it could've been. I was really surprised that UFO finished. Joe Boyd did all the work on it and I was really amazed when he left. What we were doing was a microcosm of the whole sort of philosophy and it tended to be a little bit cheap. The fact that the show had to be put together; the fact that we weren't living in luxurious places with luxurious things around us. I think I would always advocate that sort of thing, the luxurious life. It's probably because I don't do much work. It was all, I suppose, related to living in London. I was lucky enough...I've always thought of going back to a place where you can drink tea and sit on the carpet. I've been fortunate enough to do that. All that've just reminded me of it. I thought it was good fun."

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Today's Gig

On July 1 1967, The Pink Floyd played at The Swan in Yardley, Birmingham.

"If he hadn't had this complete nervous breakdown, he could easily have been one of the greatest songwriters today. I think it's one of the saddest stories in rock'n'roll, what happened to Syd. He was brilliant - and such a nice guy." Rick Wright

Also on this date in 1968, Pink Floyd released their second LP 'A Saucerful Of Secrets'.
(U.K. Columbia SX6258/SCX6258 mono/stereo)