Some years back a friend told me that he learned more about life from Tupac Shakur albums than his actual parents. Following his statement was the seemingly inevitable question: who taught you life? Without a full understanding of what was asked I haphazardly replied, “my favorite band is Pink Floyd.” Between owning Floyd’s “studio” catalog and going to local laser shows every weekend for months at a time I knew that Pink Floyd’s sound was truly my favorite, but it wasn’t until I heard David Gilmour’s 2006 solo album, On An Island, that I began to understand why.
An interview conducted during their Australian tour in 1971, broadcast as part of a segment on GTK**, the ABC’s music show of the period. (ABC = Australian Broadcasting Commission, the state broadcaster). The segment also included some live footage and a clip for “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”. (see here on my channel also) All contemporary members were present for the interview (from left to right): Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, David Gilmour. They speak of their history to date, their means of composition and collaboration, speak of their current album at that time, “Atom Heart Mother”, and the upcoming release of their as-yet unnnamed album (which was to be “Meddle”).
From a re-broadcast of the segment on Rage, (late-night music programme on ABC) in January 2008. (Wasn’t that very good of them!)
** Additional information (thanks MiMaKBaSS):
“G.T.K. (Get To Know), was an oasis in what was the culural desert of rural Australia in the 70’s.
Sadly I recently found that many episodes were erased, to reuse ‘valuable’ video cassette tape…”