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PINK FLOYD: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS marks 50 years since the band released their first single Arnold Layne, and over 200 million record sales later, this exhibition - on now, and continuing until 10th October - is an immersive, theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world.
Entering the exhibition through a re-creation of the band’s Bedford Van, visitors begin on a trip through London’s underground scene of the swinging sixties. Original psychedelic posters from the V&A’s collections situate Pink Floyd at the centre of it all; the house band at the UFO club whose mesmerising light show and twenty-minute long compositions made them ‘darlings of the underground’.
The exhibition explores the band’s early days before Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright became ‘The Pink Floyd’. Books on display illustrate how the band took inspiration from classic children’s literature in their lyrics (their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, was the title of a chapter in The Wind in the Willows). The sleeve notes of an LP by American artist Blind Boy Fuller reveals where the band’s name came from: two revered blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
The exhibition is the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd’s remaining members, and features many previously unseen objects collected over the band’s eclectic history. The flow of the exhibition, in chronological order, is enhanced by their music and the voices of past and present members, including David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and the late Richard Wright.