Pink Floyd were an English rock music band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in the history of popular music. Pink Floyd have sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million certified units in the United States, and 37.9 million albums sold in the US since 1993
Pink Floyd were founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals. They gained popularity performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and under Barrett's leadership released two charting singles and a successful debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967).
Guitarist David Gilmour joined in December 1967; Barrett left in April 1968 due to deteriorating mental health. Waters became the band's primary lyricist and eventually their dominant songwriter, devising the concepts behind their albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979) and The Final Cut (1983). The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall became two of the best-selling albums of all time.
The music of Pink Floyd influenced numerous artists; David Bowie called Barrett a significant inspiration, and The Edge of U2 bought his first delay pedal after hearing the opening guitar chords to "Dogs" from Animals.
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One of Pink Floyd's earliest photo shoots taken in June 1967 using the lighting they used in their gigs
The original Pink Floyd line-up on their first ever photo shoot in Kennington Park, London
Pink Floyd onstage at the Wembley Empire Pool, London in November 1974 during their British Winter Tour.
Syd Barrett with Pink Floyd at the International ‘Love In’ Festival at Alexandra Palace in Summer 1967
Inner sleeve artwork for Pink Floyd's album Wish You Were Here by Storm Thorgerson
Alternative version of the album cover for Division Bell, subtly different from the iconic original
Syd Barrett on an early photo shoot in London, not long before recording Pink Floyd's debut album
Pink Floyd in Abbey Road making a new album that became 'Wish You Were Here'. Jill Furmanovsky was asked to drop in and shoot some stills
This was the first time Tony Collins ever saw Pink Floyd live. They played numbers from their new album 'Atom Heart Mother'.
Pink Floyd at the mixing desk whilst recording their debut album 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' in Abbey Road Studios
David Gilmour’s superb guitar solo during ’Comfortably Numb’ on PinK Floyd's The Wall Tour
1967 Syd Barrett performs during an early photo session prior to the release of Pink Floyd's debut album
Roger Water pictured at one of the first Pink Floyd photo shoots
Candid image of Roger Waters at Abbey Road Studios whilst Pink Floyd finished off recording their debut album
Syd Barrett captured on one of Pink Floyd's earliest photoshoots in June 1967
Rick Wright captured under the band's psychedelic lights early in their career
Syd Barrett captured in a candid moment at Abbey Road Studios whilst rehearsing for the recording of 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn'
Nick Mason shot on one of the earliest Pink Floyd photo shoots in June 1967
David Gilmour in Studio 3, at Abbey Road Studios. The band were recording Have a Cigar that day for their new album Wish You Were Here .
Cover art for the live single of Wish You Were Here. 'What you see is what you get - two lost souls, swimming in a fish bowl'
For their first photo shoot, Colin Prime took the band down to Ruskin park. All the guys were in high spirits at the time
Pink Floyd onstage at the Roundhouse, London in July 1967 less than a year after they performed at its opening party.
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd performing The Wall live at the Oracle Arena, Oakland, California in December 2010
Limited edition of Morgan Howell's original painting of the cover of Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall' vinyl single
This was Pink Floyd’s first official photo shoot. Although a photographer by trade, Colin Prime’s other love was music
Taken on the band's first photo shoot in Ruskin Park, London in April 1967
Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters & Richard Wright on their first ever photo shoot in Ruskin Park, London
A rare band shot from this period taken by a young Jill Furmanovksy at the start of her photography career
Relaxing backstage at Abbey Road Studios during the recording of debut album 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn'
Photographed as a homage to the Pink Floyd album sleeve 'Animals' for the BBC series 'Britain In Pictures'.
One of earliest Pink Floyd photo shoots. Rick Wright is enhanced by special psychedelic lighting effects.
Two different Pink Floyd pictures joined together to make one image - one was taken in New York and one in London.
This was taken on the Division Bell Tour. The sound and lighting people in their headsets look like the crew of a space ship.
Two consecutive frames joined together from a shoot of The Wall tour in New York in 1980
Roger Waters, Roy Harper and Roy's son listen to a playback at Abbey Road Studios. Roy was guest vocalist on Have a Cigar.
Dick Parry has played some of the most unforgettable and sublime saxophone solos in the history of rock music - mostly with Pink Floyd.
Storm Thorgerson with Dave Gilmour whilst rehearsing during the Dark Side of the Moon UK Tour.
Jill Furmanovsky was the official photographer on the Dark Side of the Moon/Wish You Were Here UK tour, taking pictures over c.5 weeks
Nick Mason, David Gilmour & Roger Waters during a sound-check for the Dark Side of the Moon UK tour.
David Gilmour taking a quiet moment backstage, during the Dark Side of the Moon tour 1974.
David Gilmour playing backgammon (with Storm and Rick Wright) in his hotel room during the Dark Side of the Moon tour 1974.
The design team Hipgnosis, had two main players - Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell. Po pictured here with David Gilmour and Roger Waters
This is what The Wall looked like during an interval of the The Wall Tour at the The Coliseum in Uniondale, Nassau County, New York.
David Gilmour Dark Side Of The Moon tour 1974. Those Guinness t-shirts were popular on that tour. Roger had one too.
Roger and Nick on a train to Edinburgh, Dark Side of The Moon tour 1974. The band preferred to travel by train rather than bus or plane.
Roger Waters eating a fairy cake in Abbey Road Studios, 1975, during the making of 'Wish You Were Here'
Pink Floyd onstage during their UK Dark Side of the Moon Tour in 1974
David Gilmour recording Wish You Were Here in Studio Two, at Abbey Road in 1975
Roger Waters messing about in the studio during the 1975 recording sessions for 'Wish You Were Here'
David Gilmour taking time out during the recordings for 'Wish You Were Here' in 1975
Nick Mason & Rick Wright chatting at the mixing desk in Abbey Road Studios whilst working on Wish You Were Here
At the mixing desk whilst working on their classic album 'Wish You Were Here'
Rick Wright in Studio Two, Abbey Road Studios whilst recording Pink Floyd's album 'Wish You Were Here' in 1975
Rare colour image of Roger Waters taken by Jill Furmanovsky during the recording sessions for 'Wish You Were Here' at Abbey Road Studios
Pink Floyd performing live at the Wembley Empire Pool in October 1972 during their Dark Side of the Moon Tour
Pink Floyd performing at the Brighton Dome in June 1972 whilst on their Dark Side of the Moon tour.
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters performing at the Earl's Court, London in May 1973 as part of the band's Dark Side of the Moon Tour
David Gilmour performing onstage during Pink Floyd's British Winter Tour in November 1974
Pink Floyd captured during their sound check at Usher Hall in Edinburgh in November 1974 as part of their British Winter Tour
Iconic image of David Gilmour playing his ‘The Black Strat’ with Pink Floyd live at Earls Court, London on in May 1973.
David Gilmour & Rick Wright reading the newspapers during Pink Floyd's British Winter Tour in 1974
David Gilmour and Storm Thorgerson playing backgammon during a break in Pink Floyd's British Winter Tour in 1974
Colour image of Pink Floyd performing during their British Winter tour in 1974
Nick Mason playing drums during Pink Floyd's British Winter Tour in 1974
Rick Wright onstage during Pink Floyd's British Winter Tour in 1974.
The idea of beds for the Momentary Lapse cover came from a line of lyric - ‘Visions of an empty bed’ (Yet Another Movie)
This stark image was a poster designed to promote the Pink Floyd exhibition, Interstellar, at the Paris Cité De La Musique in October 2003.
Alternative version of the image designed to advertise the Pink Floyd back catalogue in 1997 designed by Storm Thorgerson
Alternative version of the cover artwork for Pink Floyd's 1994 album 'Division Bell' designed by Storm Thorgerson
Version of the Interstellar poster art devised for the 2003 Pink Floyd exhibition in Paris
Alternative version of Interstellar poster artwork created for the 2003 Pink Floyd exhibition in Paris
Variant of the album cover for Division Bell using alternative Stone Heads
Pink Floyd's 'Chip Off The Old Block' artwork designed by Storm Thorgerson: the block represents vinyl singles
Artwork designed by Storm Thorgerson for the Pink Floyd 30th Anniversary campaign
Artwork for Pink Floyd's Pulse DVD released in 2006 and designed by Storm Thorgerson
Montage print of Pink Floyd images taken by Jill Furmanovsky between 1972-1974.
Syd Barret photographed by Mick Rock at his flat in Earls Court, London in 1969.
David Gilmour at the rehearsal for his Brighton performance on the Rattle that Lock Tour in September 2015
David Gilmour photographed by Kevin Westenberg for the 'Rattle That Lock' album campaign in 2015.
David Gilmour performing at the Royal Albert Hall as part of his Rattle That Lock Tour in September 2015.
David Gilmour at the rehearsal for his Brighton performance on the Rattle that Lock Tour in September 2015.
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Outback Catalogue print signed by Storm Thorgerson. Featuring artwork of Pink Floyd, The Cranberries, Brand X, Genesis, Styx & Mars Volta.
Taken by Mick Rock during the album cover shoot for Syd Barrett's debut solo album 'The Madcap Laughs'.
Taken in Syd Barrett's flat in Earls Court, London during the photo shoot for his debut album 'The Madcap Laughs'
Syd Barrett 'in decision' captured by Mick Rock in London in 1969 , a year after he left Pink Floyd
Iconic Mick photograph of Syd Barrett posing outside his London flat on a Pontiac Parisienne in 1969
Syd Barrett and 'Iggy the Eskimo' sitting on the pavement outside Syd's flat in Earls Court in 1969