Pink Floyd: Behind the Wall
British band Pink Floyd pushed the boundaries of music into new realms of artistic expression. Their recording career began during the era of black and white television and lasted way into the Internet age. They became living legends. Although some critics believed they wouldn’t last longer than a few weeks, they went on to prove them wrong by becoming the biggest of all rock bands and an iconic force over a period of nearly 40 years.
This group that has sold over 200 million records, started out with very little individual identity outside of their music. At the beginning, some of them were totally disinterested in the fame, even turning their backs to the audience during concerts. They were not trying to be rude, it was mostly out of nervousness and embarrassment because they were unaware of the depth of the impact they were having on their fans.
During the mid 60s drugs had become a huge issue. It was common for party-goers to take LSD. The description of the high felt after taking LSD was said to make users ‘turn on the mind, tune in to the infinite, and drop out of the here and now’. It became a way of life. Experts said it wasn’t addictive like heroine or cocaine, and its effects lasted up to 24 hours, during which time the user’s consciousness would decrease. It was at this time that the band arose. Originally they were supposed to be a Rhythm and Blues band, but they eventually drifted towards a different path.
At first they played gigs at fringe events. It didn’t take them long to figure out they didn’t have enough songs to play for an hour, so they started stretching their music. People who listened thought they were playing the sounds of the future. For several weeks they didn’t do well because neither the audience nor the record companies wanted them. But by the end of 1966, they were on a roll. They wanted to make music a mind-expanding, mesmerizing experience, and they certainly did it.
The Floyds survived tragic loss and then a very public and hostile falling out that threatened to do away with all the success they had experienced up to that point. Through it all, Pink Floyd endured. They continue to be one of the most astounding bands ever. Watch this interesting film now.