Us and Them: half century of Pink Floyd on exhibition in London

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For sure, diving into a show dedicated to them, it will be difficult to remain pleasantly insensitive, as they sang in one of the hits, Comfortably Numb, of the historic album, The Wall.
From May 13 to October 1, London dedicates a retrospective to Pink Floyd on the 50th anniversary of their first single, Arnold Layne.

“Their mortal remains” is a journey full of suggestions within the enchanting scenery of the Victoria & Albert Museum in the English capital: A psychedelic, lycopene and colorful itinerary that reflects in the spectator the sensorial, as well as musical revolution, performed by the band since the late 1960s.
It starts from the beginning, since 1967, when Pink Floyd were essentially the product of the damned genius of Syd Barrett, accompanied by a Roger Waters still acrid, devoid of David Gilmour’s guitar, which would be added a few years later. The first corridor is already a manifesto: beside the classic lithographs and memorabilia of the time, a magical play of lights envelops the visitor who begins to ascend to the floydian dimension. It also delves into the experience of the band, with his architecture studies that have united the growth of Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, to the legendary concert in the ruins of Pompeii, 1971, with Gilmour to complete the notes creepy Echoes and A Saucerful of Secrets.

Syd escaped from the group, having embarked on an unmanned tunnel, but his presence in the Pink Floyd is constantly alive: from his bicycle to Polaroid introducing the most introspective moment of the group, with Wish You Were Here and the prism of the masterpiece The Dark Side of The Moon. The band is finally mature, The Wall is the beginning of the end, a tangible sign of the political commitment of the group urged by Waters’s activism. The exhibition thus reproduce the album’s wall, inflatable also used for the live shows of “The Animals” and the soldier immortalized on the cover of “The Final Cut”. Years of Gilmour, after the departure of Roger, are those of “Delicate Sound of Thunder,” “The Division Bell” and “A Momentary Lapse of Reason”, where the concerts reached a stage figure that is well suited to the show a multi-sensory journey.

“Victoria & Albert is the place to illustrate the great artistic contribution, not just the musical of the Pink Floyd,” said Martin Rotj, director of the museum – A band that has created not only extraordinary music but also spectacular musical shows, cover art albums become icons and creative expression without equal”.

During the show’s itinerary, there is also the famous shot in which Johnny Rotten, leader of Sex Pistols, wears a t-shirt with the inscription “I hate Pink Floyd”, a punk symbol and his demolition message to rock progressive. Rotten, over the years, then backed up on a provocation typical of his character: he is likely to go to London to pay homage to one of the most important bands in the history of 20th-century music.

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