How Pink Floyd Made ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

How Pink Floyd Made 'Dark Side of the Moon'

Culture “Dark Side of the Moon” represented a leap forward for the band both sonically and lyrically. EVERETT COLLECTION In 1973, Pink Floyd were looking to record an album that would redefine the band. What they created redefined rock itself. In its latest special edition, Newsweek looks back at the making of the band’s seminal album Dark Side of the Moon. By 1971, Pink Floyd were eager to shed the “space rock” moniker that had been attached to their music. Roger Waters, in particular, was looking to use the band as a means of communicating ideas about everyday life rather than just psychedelic imagery about interstellar travel. In addition, he remained troubled by the fate of his friend and former bandmate, Syd Barrett, and was looking for a way to communicate those feelings of madness and isolation in song. “Syd had been the central creative force in the early days, and so his having succumbed to schizophrenia was an enormous blow,” he said in an interview with Rolling Stone . “And also, when you see that happening to someone you’ve been very close friends with and known more or less your whole life, it really concentrates the mind on how ephemeral one’s sensibilities and mental capacities can be. For me, it was very much, ‘There but for the grace of God go I.’” Gathering at Nick Mason’s house, the band began discussing ideas when Waters described his concept for the new record. He was quoted as saying by author John Harris , “I remember sitting in [Mason’s] kitchen and explaining this idea; that the whole record might be about the pressures and preoccupations that divert us from our potential for positive action, if you like.” With this central theme decided upon, the group began putting down musical ideas and […]