The Pink Floyd show at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Until the first of October, the South Kensington Museum receives the rock band in a very interactive exhibition. This retrospective celebrates with great pomp the 50 years of British training. Visiting places.
The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish you Were Here, Animals? It's hard to list all Pink Floyd cult albums without having a note or cover art in mind. Yet when visiting the exhibition Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, it is surprising to note that we know little English group. Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, David Gilmore and Syd Barrett, have since 1967 developed from London their psychedelic and progressive rock so special.
The viewer plunges into a real hypnotic universe, like Alice in Wonderland who inspired many musicians. The well-defined audio tour begins at the entrance of the first bus of the group, formed at Polytechnic in 62. The tour then led to the clubs of the time: the UFO of Notting Hill or the Camden Roundhouse which opened in '66. This start with a fanfare brings, step by step, the recording of the first album at Abbey Road, a live mythical in Pompeii and the first concept albums. First of the first, The Dark Side of the Moon reveals its little secrets of recording with the pieces used for the piece Money. Because it is the sound that is the star of this exhibition. The available headphones allow a good appreciation of the electronic experiments commented by the creators. And visitors nod their heads to listen to the "music of the future" of the VCS3 synthesizer.
A man on fire and a flying pig
Wish You Were Here is rocking musicians from popular cult status to best-selling albums in the world in 1975. The legendary cover celebrates the 70s man and the phrase "man I've been burned ". Still, no special effects for the flaming photo. Stuntman Ronnie Rondell wore fireproof protection all over his body but still had to ask fire extinguishers for help to extinguish the fire! Former students in architecture, Pink Floyd have always had a passion for aesthetics and the desire to highlight avant-garde artists. This is the case for Animals and The Wall. The two albums of 77 and 78 are entitled to a huge room dedicated to their illustrations. Animals, a musical reinterpretation of George Orwell's Animal Farm, is famous for its cover art. The image of the Battersea factory with a flying pig illustrates the expression "if pigs could fly". This inflatable creation of the designer Jeffrey Shaw was repeated in the concerts of The Wall. This rock opera featured the terrifying characters invented by satirical illustrator Gerald Scarfe.
A riot of energy? and feelings
The end of the tour becomes quieter and really moving with the departure of Roger Waters' group, and the disappearances of photographer Storm Thorgerson and keyboardist Richard Wright. Tributes celebrated in the form of ultimate collaborations around the covers of A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Bell Division. And especially a real nostalgia of the past in the opus The Endless River. One way "to find ourselves as we do in Richard's memory" notes in the comments the guitarist David Gilmour. The recollection before the last auditive explosion while savoring the riffs of guitar and rhythms exacerbated in live.
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Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains is to be discovered until October 1, 2017 at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL (subway: South Kensington.)
Open daily from 10 am to 5.30 pm (late at night until 9.30 pm) Tickets: £ 18- £ 22 per person. Free for children up to 11 years old. Advance reservations recommended: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/pink-floyd#intro