- Title: Pink Floyd retrospective exhibition previews in London
- Date: 9th May 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) PINK FLOYD DRUMMER, NICK MASON, SAYING: "Yeah I mean I think for us we found something where we felt really comfortable which was to do things that involve graphics and film or whatever. We never managed to achieve those dance moves that other people did and that use of imagery to tell the story and to create a sort of focus almost for an audience became really important and I think that's sort of shown here." MEMORABILIA FROM THE WALL MASKS CONSTRUCTION OF BATTERSEA POWER STATION AND INFLATABLE PIG VARIOUS OF PUPPET FROM 'THE WALL' (SOUNDBITE) (English) PINK FLOYD DRUMMER, NICK MASON, SAYING: "That it's not just about nostalgia. It's about showing people how something was done. Or possibly even for a younger audience things that they might be able to do, and I don't necessarily mean being in a band but there's audio visual things and technology and recording process and so on." VARIOUS LIGHTBULB SUITS (REPLICAS) FEATURED IN ALBUM ARTWORK FOR DELICATE SOUND OF THUNDER WITH FOOTAGE IN BACKGROUND (SOUNDBITE) (English) PINK FLOYD DRUMMER, NICK MASON, SAYING: "It's extraordinary I mean it really is. Of course it doesn't feel like 50 years. If someone said well its 20th anniversary I'd go 'oh really, already?' VARIOUS PINK FLOYD FRANKFURT CONCERT POSTERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND CURATOR OF EXHIBITION AND ARTISTIC AND DESIGN COLLABORATOR OF BAND, AUBREY POWELL, SAYING: "It was a challenge for me because obviously I've worked for the band since 1968 and doing a lot of visuals for them and so it was absolutely imperative that we create something that was on the level of Pink Floyd in terms of their live performances because they were known for their very excessive stage shows. The Wall, you know a huge wall all across the stadium or animals with enormous inflatables families in cars, televisions and stuff. So we had to give all that into the exhibition and that in a small space is quite a challenge." VARIOUS ALBUM COVER ARTWORKS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND CURATOR OF EXHIBITION AND ARTISTIC AND DESIGN COLLABORATOR OF BAND, AUBREY POWELL, SAYING: "But actually I think Wish You Were Here, this room that we are standing in now was probably the most interesting for me. Because we set a man on fire. We actually did it. And when you look at this picture now you think 'oh well you can photoshop it in a couple of hours' but actually you couldn't do that in those days. So I had to get a stunt man in Hollywood and we had to get a special suit made and a wig made and actually set him on fire. I did it fifteen times and on the fifteenth time a gust of wind blew and the fire wrapped around his head. He threw himself to the ground, his team put him out immediately and he said ' that's it I'm not doing any more' but luckily I had the shot."
- Embargoed: 23rd May 2017 14:38
- Keywords: Nick Mason Syd Barrett Roger Waters Pink Floyd Richard Wright Exhibition V&A museum The Wall Dark Side of The Moon David Gilmour retrospective
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Music,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0056G4AEKT
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- Story Text: A new exhibition celebrating the career of iconic rock bank Pink Floyd, featuring a host of memorabilia from across their career, as well as tributes to group's famously surreal iconography, will open in London on Sunday (May 14).
"The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains," is hosted by the city's V&A museum, and is being held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's debut album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn".
The exhibition is an audio-visual chronicle of the band's rise from being the darlings of London's underground music scene in the 1960s to world-wide stardom and a career that saw them sell over 250 million albums.
Visitors enter through and oversized recreation of the van that carried the band to their early gigs, and will then be able to view over 350 artefacts from the band's career, as well as view never-before-seen footage of the band at work.
The exhibition also features representations of some of the most iconic imagery associated with Pink Floyd.
These range from a mock up of London's Battersea power station, which featured in the cover art for the band's "Animals" album, and the wall, complete with a towering head teacher, that was part of the stage set on their 1980-1981 tour for "The Wall" album.
The exhibition opens May 13.
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