York U expert available on Pink Floyd at half-century mark


TORONTO, May 13, 2015 — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the British band Pink Floyd, which made impactful music with universal themes. Though the band’s first stage performance was in May of 1965, Pink Floyd shot to fame in 1973 with the album Dark Side of the Moon and has remained ever popular. In fact, last year, the album was named the longest running on the Billboard 200, spending 861 weeks or 16 non-consecutive years on the charts. Also, former co-lead vocalist Roger Waters holds a record as the top grossing solo performing artist of all time, following his three-year long tour of The Wall that ended in 2013.

York University Professor Phil Rose in the department of communication studies is available to offer insight into the band, its members, and how each album features an overarching theme that strings songs together.

His recently published book, entitled “Roger Waters and Pink Floyd: The Concept Albums,” includes an original interview with Waters, and an in-depth analysis that wades through the richness of albums, such as Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979), The Final Cut (1983), and Waters’ third solo album Amused to Death (1993).

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