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Pink Floyd retrospective exhibition previews in London

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 02:05

'The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains' retrospective previews at the V&A Museum in London, attended by drummer Nick Mason. Jane Witherspoon reports

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They've sold over 250 million albums cementing themselves as global music icons. Pink Floyd are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of their first album, 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' with a retrospective exhibition at the V&A Museum in London. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Nick Mason, Pink Floyd Drummer, saying: "Fifty years always seems like a good moment and the truth of the matter is that we're not all here forever er we've lost two of the band over the years and it's so important I think if you want to tell these stories to do it when people are still around to tell them. That it's not just about nostalgia. It's about showing people how something was done." The show 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 stars. It features album sleeve artwork designed by long term collaborator and exhibition curator Aubrey Powell. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Aubrey Powell, Pink Floyd Creative Director and Exhibition Curator, saying: "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 photo 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." Highlights of the exhibition include 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. It opens on May 13th and runs until October 1st.

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Pink Floyd retrospective exhibition previews in London

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 02:05