As you probably know, Pink Floyd is one of the most popular English rock bands of all time. The original band formed in 1965 and consisted of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason. Unfortunately, Barrett was a bit too fond of LSD. He starting losing his mind in 1967. The rumor is that he did such quantities of acid, that he caused brain damage.
Given that Barrett was rather out of it, the band asked David Gilmour to join them, and the rest is history. Pink Floyd went on to sell more than 200 million albums, including 75 million in the United States. Their most famous album is the landmark Dark Side of the Moon, released in 1972. It managed to stay on the charts for more than 20 years. Other great albums include The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and Animals (recreated album cover below).
The iconic album cover for the Pink Floyd album Animals was recreated in September 2011 at
Battersea Power Station in London.
We would like to share with you some of the best sites for Pink Floyd fans. Enjoy!
The official Pink Floyd site has plenty to offer the hard core fan. You get plenty of news updates, for one. On Sept. 29, they had a nice full feature called ‘The Great Pig in the Sky.’ The band decided to recreate its iconic Animals album cover by floating the pig once again above the Battersea Power Station in London. Lots of pictures are on the site (see one of them at the top of this post). Nice tidbits of information on here…..I never knew the original Animals pig was made in Germany. Who knew?
There also is a Music section where you can see drawings and photographs of Pink Floyd live concert stages over the years. There also is a history section with a timeline, as well as a biography section.
We also liked the Album Cover section. Pink Floyd album covers were always a big part of their appeal.
>> The Official Pink Floyd Site - Pinkfloyd.com
This is a nice site if you want to just get all your latest Pink Floyd news in a few clicks. They have a headline and a paragraph or two for each story, and then you can click to the complete story. We like sites where you can get all the key information when you first get on the homepage.
There also is a very handy Tour section where they list all current tour dates for the major Pink Floyd members. Roger Waters currently is still doing his amazing new Wall tour. The site says he is taking a break until January 2012, when he starts the Australia leg of the tour.
If you do not have enough copies of Pink Floyd albums and books (after all, who does not need a fourth copy of Meddle?), there is a section of the site for you. There actually were some books on here we were not aware of.
>> Quick Hits of Pink Floyd News - Pinkfloyd.net
This fan site for Pink Floyd has about 25 links running down the left side of the page that should about have you covered. If not, let us know, because we’re worried about you .
We like the Forums section with separate discussion areas for all of the main members of the band, including the dearly departed Richard Wright (We wish you were here, Rick!). They even have a section on tribute bands. You know a band has had a lot of influence when there are 1074 threads on tribute bands!
There is a nice list of Youtube videos of various Pink Floyd concerts, and you also can sign up for their Pink Floyd newsletter. And if you always wondered what the lyrics REALLY were for your favorite Floyd song? Check out the lyrics section and you’re covered.
>> Nice Pink Floyd Forums – Pinkfloydonline.com
Granted, there is not a lot to this site other than links. Think The Drudge Report of Pink Floyd sites. Maybe you don’t like a site that is just links, but we think it is pretty cool. There are links to all the regular Floyd sites, but also they have some pretty obscure links, such as:
There are links to many Pink Floyd articles over the years, including one with pics from the Pink Floyd exhibit in Paris (we didn’t know about that one). Also there is a site that looks at the Chinese poems that Waters quoted in the song ‘Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,’ which apparently had some influence on Dark Side of the Moon.
>> Drudge Report of Floyd Sites - Pink-Floyd.com
This site has been around for 14 years and claims to be one of the biggest cult Pink Floyd fan sites in the world. It says it is for ‘crusty old fossils, who spend all of their life researching Floyd.’
They have a very interesting Library section. The first book is a signed copy of Nick Mason’s new book Inside Out. Nice quote from Nick here: “‘I started making notes for this book in 1994. We had just finished a world tour, and for the first time in many months I was not involved in trying to stuff another bundle of free T-shirts, tour jackets, hotel soaps and towelling robes into my suitcase. With a certain amount of leisure time beckoning, I thought it might be time to start dealing with the questions I’d been asked for thirty-odd years – “How did the band get its name?”, “Where’s Syd?” and “What’s it really like?”. It’s only taken ten years to come up with some answers. ‘I eventually decided to avoid a rundown of every gig, venue, weather condition and moustache.”
Nick is the member we’d most like to meet – he sounds like a very cool, funny, laid back dude. Lots of cool details like the above on this site.
There also is a complete Floyd interview section going back 40 years, and a section of Old News going back decades. A true hard core fan site. The section that lists emails from fans over the years is quite interesting too for real Floyd heads.
>> Hard Core Fan Site - Pinkfloydz.com
Ok, this is actually a Gilmour site, but it’s on our list because we love Dave, and this is just a cool site.
We like the interesting news on the homepage; didn’t know that novelist Polly Samson had written the lyrics for The Division Bell and On an Island.
The news section also was filled with things we did not know. For example, Gilmour was honored with an honorary doctorate for outstanding contributions as a writer, performer and innovator. This was from the Anglia Ruskin University of Cambridge and Chelmsford.
Another cool section to us is Important, which is the things that are important to Gilmour, such as climate change and charity work. The FAQ section also is quite interesting. We had heard he does not like to sign autographs…now we know why!
>> David Gilmour Official Site - Davidgilmour.com