Nick Mason: “We wanted to be a pop band and sell records”


Pink Floyd’s drummer and solely ever-present member takes us through six decades of experiences, from cowboy hats and arguments to counterculture happenings and the band’s upcoming exhibition

Novmber 11 sees the release of Pink Floyd’s – The Early Years 1965–1972, a 27-disc box set, including unreleased live and studio materials, uncommon live performance footage, reproduction sleeves, collectable memorabilia, feature movies, BBC radio sessions, remixes, out-takes and far, rather more.

If Pink Floyd nonetheless technically exists, the lost of keyboard player Richard Wright in 2008 signifies that drummer Mason is the one remaining original member. The only one who was there at the very starting, when Floyd travelled in a Transit van and performed ‘happenings’ at tiny clubs like London’s UFO, and continues to be there at what may probably be the end, travelling instead by non-public jet and playing the best live performance venues on the planet, alongside the best way having sold God-knows what number of tens of millions of albums and performed to a total viewers of zillions.

Whereas Mason was in Germany for a press conference, we collared him to talk to him about The Early Years, later years and the years in between.

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