As Pink Floyd un­leash their multi-sen­sory ex­hi­bi­tion at the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum, Sam Rogg ex­plores the kalei­do­scopic past of one of the world’s great­est bands

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Visit the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum’s ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the Bri­tish band to see ev­ery­thing from al­bum cov­ers to stage props.

Pink Floyd do not know what peo­ple mean by psy­che­delic pop, and are not try­ing to cause hal­lu­ci­na­tory ef­fects on their au­di­ence,’ an­nounced their record com­pany in 1967 as Lon­don’s ra­dio sta­tions raced to ban their de­but sin­gle. In fact, it was just the kind of pub­lic­ity that most bands of the Six­ties could only dream of and, within a year, the lit­tle-known English rock group were on course to be­com­ing one of the great­est bands of all time. Fifty years and more than 250 mil­lion record sales later, they’re back in the head­lines – this time for their first ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive, The Pink Floyd Ex­hi­bi­tion: Their Mor­tal Re­mains at the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum. And just like their le­gendary live shows, it’s a multi-sen­sory spec­ta­cle that is sure to blow your mind.

De­vised in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the re­main­ing mem­bers of the band and fea­tur­ing more than 350 ob­jects and arte­facts in­clud­ing in­stru­ments, hand­writ­ten lyrics, posters, a laser light show and un­seen con­cert footage, this im­mer­sive and the­atri­cal ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates all that made Pink Floyd unique. Not yet a fan? Take a trip to The Dark Side

of the Moon – their ex­tra­or­di­nary 1973 al­bum ex­plor­ing the hu­man con­di­tion. As one of the best-sell­ing records of all time, it’s thought that one in 12 peo­ple owns a copy. Not bad for a group of boys from Cam­bridge, whose sound was orig­i­nally dis­missed by some as ‘not even mu­sic’.

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