To mark the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd turning professional, the Royal Mail is releasing a limited edition collection of 10 stamps bearing various artworks and live performance shots.
Royal Mail has announced a set of stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of Pink Floyd, one of Britain’s biggest-selling rock bands ever.
The limited run of ten stamps will be on pre-order sale from Thursday (May 26th) and released on July 7th 2016, and they are designed to mark five decades since the legendary prog-rock band turned professional in 1966.
The collection includes images of the band’s innovative artwork – most of it designed by the late Storm Thorgerson – and a handful of shots of their live performances. Pink Floyd were one of the first bands to embrace the visual aspect of live rock shows, extensively using light and laser shows and film projections in during gigs, which became increasingly ambitious as the years went on.
Six album covers have been made into stamps: their 1967 debut The Piper At the Gates of Dawn; 1970’s Atom Heart Mother; 1973 multi-million seller The Dark Side of the Moon; 1975’s Wish You Were Here; 1977’s Animals and 2014’s outtakes record The Endless River.
A further four stamps capture the band performing live on tour at various points over the years, with one of them coming from one of the Floyd’s very first shows at the UFO Club in London in 1966.
Pink Floyd formed in 1965, consisting of original members Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright, later joined by the iconic Syd Barrett, responsible for their earliest songwriting. In 1968, as Barrett’s mental state deteriorated and he departed, he was replaced by guitarist David Gilmour.
The group underwent many line-up changes in later years as fame caused relationships in the camp to fracture. Mason quit the group in 1979 before rejoining in 1987; Waters departed permanently in 1985; and David Gilmour has said for the best part of twenty years that he’s “done” with Pink Floyd.
Despite the bad feeling that has lingered for years, they put their differences aside to mark their 40th anniversary as they performed a short set at Live 8.