by Mike Springer, Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/2013/09/psychedelic-scenes-of-pink-floyds-early-days-with-syd-barrett-1967.html
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd
turns 70 years old today.
Waters was the principal songwriter and
dominant creative force during the band’s famous 1970s period, when it
released a string of popular and influential concept albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall.
today we thought it would be interesting to take you all the way back
to 1967, when Waters was 23 years old and the band was led by his
childhood friend Syd Barrett.
The video above is from a May 14, 1967 broadcast of the BBC program The Look of the Week.
Pink Floyd hadn’t released an album yet. Only two nights earlier the band had staged its attention-getting “Games for May” concert
at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
In the TV broadcast, Pink Floyd plays its
early favorite “Astronomy Domine” before Waters and Barrett sit down for
a rather tense interview with the classically trained musician and
critic Hans Keller.
It’s amusing to watch Keller’s face as he expresses his extreme
irritation at the band’s loud, strange music. “My verdict is that its a
little bit of a regression to childhood,” he says with a grimace. “But
after all, why not?”
Waters and Barrett manage to hold their own during the interview.
Barrett comes across as lucid and well-spoken, despite the fact that his
heavy LSD use and mental instability would soon make him unable to
function within the band.
By December of 1967, Pink Floyd would add
guitarist David Gilmour to the lineup to compensate for Barrett’s
erratic behavior. By March of 1968 - only 10 months after the BBC
broadcast - Barrett would quit the group.
We’ll close with an even earlier video of Pink Floyd performing at
the legendary UFO club in London.
Filmed on January 27, 1967, the clip
is from the February 7, 1967 Granada TV documentary on British youth
culture, So Far Out It’s Straight Down. Pink Floyd plays another major song from it’s psychedelic era, “Interstellar Overdrive.”