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Roger Waters was a primary creative force in Pink Floyd from 1965 to 1983. He first met Syd Barrett, who would become the band's leadsinger and guitarist, during his school days when both attended a Saturday art class. He moved to London to study architecture at RegentStreet Polytechnic and there formed a band with drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright; he played bass and sang. Barrett joinedthem, forming Pink Floyd. Though Barrett was the band's main songwriter at first, Waters wrote or co-wrote three songs on the first LP,The Piper at the Gates ...read more
Roger Waters was a primary creative force in Pink Floyd from 1965 to 1983. He first met Syd Barrett, who would become the band's leadsinger and guitarist, during his school days when both attended a Saturday art class. He moved to London to study architecture at RegentStreet Polytechnic and there formed a band with drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright; he played bass and sang. Barrett joinedthem, forming Pink Floyd. Though Barrett was the band's main songwriter at first, Waters wrote or co-wrote three songs on the first LP,The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (August 1967), including the solo composition "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk." By the time of thegroup's second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (June 1968), Barrett had been replaced by David Gilmour and Waters had begun to take amore prominent role, contributing three songs and one co-composition to the LP. He also wrote or co-wrote all but one of the tunes for theband's soundtrack to the film More (July 1969), while his first solo work came on Ummagumma (November 1969), a two-LP setthat consisted of one disc of live recordings and a second disc on which each band member contributed his own tracks. As of Atom HeartMother (October 1970), Pink Floyd began to work up its material as a group, though Waters still contributed the solo composition "If."Working with Ron Geesin, he wrote the soundtrack for The Body (December 1970), his first work outside Pink Floyd. The band's nextalbum, Meddle (November 1971), was entirely group written. But Waters wrote or co-wrote eight of the ten selections on Obscured byClouds (June 1972), Pink Floyd's soundtrack for the The Valley, a 1972 French film.
Pink Floyd's recordings were moderately successful through 1972. But The Dark Side of the Moon (March 1973), for which Waters wroteall the lyrics and some of the music, was a commercial breakthrough that became one of the most successful albums in rock history. (He wasthe sole author of the album's Top Ten hit, "Money.") He took an increasingly dominant role in the writing of subsequent Pink Floyd albums,writing all the lyrics and collaborating on the music for Wish You Were Here (September 1975), writing most of Animals (February1977) and The Wall (November 1979), and writing all of The Final Cut (March 1983). All were million sellers, with The Wall inparticular rivaling the sales of The Dark Side of the Moon. Waters was the sole author of "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2,"TheWall's gold, number one single.
Following the release of The Final Cut, Pink Floyd broke up and its members launched solo careers. Waters re-emerged with The Prosand Cons of Hitchhiking (April 1984), which went gold. He followed with Radio K.A.O.S. (June 1987) and went on tour to promote therelease. Meanwhile, David Gilmour's solo album About Face (February 1984) was also a gold seller, but he was discouraged by thatshowing and recruited Mason and Wright to re-form Pink Floyd. Waters sued, seeking an injunction to prevent the trio from touring as PinkFloyd without him, but he lost the case, and the Gilmour-led Pink Floyd went on to tour and recorded successfully without him.
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Waters organized an all-star performance of The Wall in Berlin on July 21, 1990. It was filmed andrecorded, resulting in the album The Wall: Live in Berlin (September 1990). He released a third solo album, Amused to Death(September 1992), but did not tour, though he made an appearance at a benefit concert in 1993. He spent much of the 1990s working on anopera, Ça Ira, set during the French Revolution. But in July and August 1999, he mounted his first U.S. tour in 12 years. It was sosuccessful that he returned for a second leg in June and July 2000, and the concerts served as the basis for the two-CD set In the FleshLive. Waters was not heard from for several years after that, although a collection of singles and album tracks, Flickering Flame: TheSolo Years, Vol. 1, appeared internationally (but not in the U.S.) in May 2002. In July 2005, Waters reunited with Gilmour, Mason, and Wright for a one-off Pink Floyd performance at the Live 8 benefit concert in London's Hyde Park. Ça Ira finally emerged on disc inOctober 2005 and topped the Billboard magazine classical chart. « hide
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