August 3, 2021

A soap opera called Pink Floyd

The story of Pink Floyd For years it has become a soap opera based on the dimes and diretes between Roger Waters Y David Gilmourwho continue to bitterly dispute control of one of the most acclaimed gangs in the world. progressive rock and they have taken us away from their music. Relations between Waters and Gilmour remain as cold as those between the United States and the former Soviet Union during the Cold War and the history of Pink Floyd it is still trying to write from the narrative of the victors, or that is what the defeated say.

Nick Mason – the other surviving member – has wisely stayed out of the laundry gossip and until the arrival of the pandemic was dusting off the repertoire of Pink Floyd more psychedelic and “classic” that rarely went on stage, under the name of Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets. The stories of the deceased Syd Barrett Y Richard Wright they present their own complexities and here are only part of the scenery at best.

The most recent chapter of Waters vs. Gilmour has been around the release of a remastered and remixed version of the 1977 album. Animals, a project that takes a while because the pair of musicians cannot agree on some production notes written by Mark Blake – one of the band’s official historians and biographers – that accompany this new mix of the album and where they are disputed certain historical facts. Although Waters acknowledges that Gilmour was indeed a good guitarist and singer, in recent years, he says, he has made up a series of lies about the band’s contributions “when I was in charge.” This is how he put it in a message published this week on his own channels.

Waters has denounced that it has been banned from the official site of the band to promote any undertaking related to the brand called Pink Floyd, so on the band’s site there is no mention of all their tours or releases where they play the catalog of classics that comprise the most successful period of the British band: Dark Side of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals Y The Wall. Almost all these tours of Roger Waters, including epic performances by The Wall, where at last a massive public could experience that concept envisioned by the band at the end of the seventies.

Animals was recorded at a time when the UK was going through a turbulent period in a year marked by conflict in Northern Ireland, the Notting Hill riots, a heat wave and an economic crisis that would culminate in inflation of 16.5% in December 1976, one of his highest records. The album, released in February 1977, featured a critique of capitalism by a group of billionaire rockstars inspired by anthropoformed animals in the style of the fable of George Orwell, Rebelion on the farm. The cover of the pig flying over the Battersea power plant under an apocalyptic London sky has become one of the most iconic and celebrated images in rock history.

The dispute between Roger Waters Y David Gilmour is a story of decades-long grudges and resentments, lawsuits and one of the most bitter divorces in rock history. With the death of Rick Wright in 2008, Pink Floyd It stopped being a band —as an entity— and little by little it has become a brand that only focuses on commercializing nostalgia and living in the past. Waters has confirmed that he is in the process of writing his memoirs where he will tell his version of events and will be able to make his own version of the story.

The ideas and themes explored by Pink Floyd on Animals they continue to resonate in the culture, as pigs and dogs continue to exploit and prey on the sheep of this world.

Operations coordinator of El Economista online