The fascinating story behind Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'

Virgin Radio

28 Nov 2018, 13:19

Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' is perhaps one of the most intriguing and imaginative albums in the history of music.

Here's the story you need to know:

Recorded in 1979 and made into a film in 1982, 'The Wall' tells the story of a man named Pink Floyd who, as a child, lost his father in World War II.

Being raised by an overprotective mother, Pink leads a dreary life, finally turning to drugs. As a result of the drugs and his gloomy memories, Pink spirals into a void of insanity.

This monumental album is loosely based on the lives of two members of Pink Floyd. Pink's childhood is very similar to that of Roger Waters, the main writer of 'The Wall'. Waters, who lost his father in World War II, drew on his many emotions of abandonment and loneliness for this album. Pink's adult life is loosely based on that of the original lead singer Syd Barret. After suffering a mental breakdown due to mind altering drugs, Barret was replaced soon after by David Gilmour.

By combining these life stories, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright create a mystical and disturbing adventure into the depths of man's psyche.


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