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Pink Floyd Radio Play on the BBC and Pick the Ultimate Pink Floyd Playlist

August 22nd, 2013 by admin

The BBC have contacted us asking to share this with PFO readers:

At 10pm on Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting a landmark new play written by Sir Tom Stoppard to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon.

Not wanting to miss out, we’re joining in the fun with an extra special Now Playing, where we want you to help us create the Ultimate Pink Floyd Playlist.

Our show will simulcast on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music from 8pm for two hours, right before Darkside is premiered – which boasts Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell amongst the cast – and we need you to help us pick tunes worthy of such a prestigious playlist.

Dark Side of the Moon has not only one of the most iconic album covers of all time, it’s also a record that has helped define the band as well as the era, and has since been cited by a number of leading musicians and acts as one of their biggest influences.

So what must be included in such a playlist? Only you can decide:

You pick the music. The ways you can get in touch are by commenting on our blog or Facebook page, by Tweeting using #Darkside, adding a track to our collaborative Spotify and Rdio playlists or by emailing us at nowplaying@bbc.co.uk.

And to give you a taster of what to expect from Darkside after The Ultimate Pink Floyd Playlist wraps up, check out this amazing trailer especially created for the BBC by the Oscar-winning Aardman Animations (See video above)


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Pink Floyd Album Cover Designer Storm Thorgerson Dies Aged 69

April 18th, 2013 by admin

British graphic designer was responsible for some of the most memorable album artwork of all time

Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Storm Thorgerson, the British graphic designer behind some of the most memorable album covers of all time, including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69.

Pink Floyd Album Covers Designed by Thorgerson

A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) Ummagumma (1969) Atom Heart Mother (1970) The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) Wish You Were Here (1975) Animals (1977) A Collection of Great Dance Songs (1981)
A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988) The Division Bell (1994) P*U*L*S*E (1995), including the blinking LED light that was featured in early CD packaging. Relics re-release (1996) Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81 (2000) Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001)

Thorgerson designed almost all albums in Pink Floyd’s catalog.

In a statement, Thorgerson’s family said:

Yes, Storm has died. He passed away, on Thursday 18th April in the afternoon. His ending was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends. He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003. He was in his 70th year. He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia.

A childhood friend of the founding members of Pink Floyd, he became their designer-in-chief, most famously creating the prism spreading a spectrum of colour across the cover of The Dark Side of the Moon, which became one of the bestselling albums of all time. His artwork for the band also included the lonesome-looking cow on the cover of Atom Heart Mother, the burning businessman on the sleeve of Wish You Were Here, and the giant pig flying over Battersea power station on the cover of Animals.

Storm Thorgerson – Did you know…

  • Many have called him ‘the 6th member of Pink Floyd’
    Certainly his visuals for Pink Floyd and others have played an essential part in the psyche of rock and roll culture.
  • He was a life-long friend of the Floyd
    Storm Thorgerson first met future members of Pink Floyd while all of them were schoolboys in Cambridge. Was teenage friends with David Gilmour and best man at his 1994 wedding to Polly Samson. The most recent work he did for Floyd was the ‘Oh, by the Way‘ box set released in 2007. Thorgerson also designed the ‘Shine On‘ 1992 box set.
  • Many of his designs are notable for their surreal elements
    They often look like drawings, or that they must be computer altered in some way or another, but in reality are actual photographs where no camera tricks or after effects were used. For example, for the cover of Wish You Were Here, the man on the right is a real person, who was actually set on fire.
  • He had an expansive body of work
    In addition to designing almost all Pink Floyd’s official releases, Thorgerson also designed album covers for other notable bands including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Phish, and others. Author Douglas Adams (‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’) called him “the best album designer in the world”

David Gilmour said in a statement:

We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep’s Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed. He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work. I will miss him.

The official Pink Floyd website also has a statement:

“We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.”

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Bestselling Author’s Latest Book Reveals Hidden Secrets Inside ‘The Wall’

November 28th, 2012 by admin

Bestselling Author's Latest Book Reveals Hidden Secrets Inside 'The Wall'

We were contacted by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, the author of the new Pink Floyd book ‘Tearing Down the Wall’, who told us about his new book, which is available now.

Here is the press release:

Easter Eggs and Buried Meanings Abound Within Iconic Pink Floyd album

Los Angeles, CA – November 28, 2012 – “Imagine dusting off a beloved record, comfortable as an old pair of jeans, and one day discovering that it goes much deeper down the rabbit hole than you ever envisioned,” claims bestselling author Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff. Continue Reading.

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Roger Waters 2013 ‘The Wall Live’ Tour Dates Announced

November 9th, 2012 by admin

Roger Waters 2013 'The Wall Live' Tour Dates Announced

Riding on the success of the last two years of The Wall Live tour, Roger and the band are hitting the road once again in 2013. This time around, The Wall Live will hit a number of countries not visited in previous legs, including Croatia, Turkey, Romania, and Serbia. The European tour kicks off in Werchter, Belgium on July 20 and continues through to September of 2013.

For these large, open air stadiums, Roger has redesigned and scaled up The Wall show to create the ultimate stadium event, bringing The Wall experience even closer to fans wherever they are sitting and making the production even more encompassing in large venues.

View the dates on our Tour Dates page.

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Roger Waters Salutes Wounded Veterans

November 9th, 2012 by admin

Roger Waters honored wounded veterans Thursday night at the sixth annual Stand Up for Heroes charity event in New York City. The founding Pink Floyd singer/bassist performed with a group of wounded vets he recently met at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Waters and the wounded soldiers performed three songs, included Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” The other 2 were Bob Dylans’ “Knockin’ on Heavens door” and Levon Helms’ “Wide River to Cross”/

The event at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre also featured performances by Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer along with appearances by Robin Williams, Jon Stewart and Ricky Gervais. The fundraiser benefits injured service members, veterans and their families.

Stand Up for Heroes supports the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has provided more than $12 million to assist members of the U.S. armed services.

The whole show was great, but if you’d like to skip ahead to the Roger bits, they can be found at: 1:10:10 and 1:53:27.

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