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50 Years Of Pink Floyd

Set the controls for the heart of the sun with our interstellar 32-page celebration of the original space-rock band.

Pink Floyd’s First Gig
Long before giant arenas and flying pigs there were village halls and Chuck Berry covers. 

The Producer Speaks
Original knob-twiddler Norman Smith on their early years.

The Progressive Years
Release the cows! Floyd ramp up the experimentalism.  

Dark Side Of The Moon
How their biggest album started with an on-stage bust-up. 

Wish You Were Here
Flaming stuntmen, a surprise appearance from an old friend… and the beginning of the end for the band.

Caught On Camera
Legendary photographer Jill Furmanovsky delves into her archives to bring you her personal selection of Pink Floyd shots. 

Behind The Wall
Dismantling Floyd’s magnum opus, brick by brick. 

Gilmour Versus Waters
How intractable tensions led to a 20-year power struggle – and a pair of giant inflatable testicles.

Syd Barrett and Rick Wright remembered
A tribute to Floyd’s musical yin and yang. 

David Gilmour speaks!
The guitarist grants Classic Rock a rare audience. On the agenda: his new solo album, ‘psychic holes’ and Floyd’s future.

FEATURES

**Europe
**The days of heading to Venus are behind them. In 2015, Joey Tempest is bringing The Final Countdown to the Middle East.

The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II
Inside the infamous Sunset Strip documentary, by the people who made it. Warning: includes hot tubs and strippers. 

Alabama Shakes
The most exciting new singer around? AC/DC-loving rock’n’soul barnstormer Brittany Howard could be it.

Spike’s Free House
How the Quireboys singer’s new band began as a tribute to Frankier Miller and ended up as a tribute to Andy Fraser.

**What’s on your free CD?
**Interstellar Overdrive: set the controls for the heart of the sun, here’s 15 of the best new tripmasters, dug deep from the psychedelic underground by our very own Sleazegrinder. Including The Cuckoos, Statue Thieves, Occult Wisdom, Doctor Doom, Marble Pawns, Cybernetic Witch Cult and more…

REGULARS

The Dirt
Inside the new Led Zeppelin photo exhibition… Ritchie Blackmore to hang up his lute and return to rock… Yes ponder their future after the death of Chris Squire… say hello to The Bohicas and Wilson… welcome back Slayer, Backyard Babies and punk reprobates Chelsea… bid adieu to ex-Spider From Mars Dave Black and wizardly songwriter Eddie Hardin… 

Raw Power
McIntosh, the people who powered the 1969 Woodstock festival, make their first entry into the headphones market.  

The Stories Behind The Songs: 10cc
Inspired by a fantasy air hostess, I’m Mandy Fly Me was the song that launched a thousand intra-band arguments.

Q&A: Denis Leary
The motormouthed comedian-turned-small-screen rock star on why he should be the next singer in Led Zeppelin.

Reviews
New albums from Iron Maiden, Stereophonics, Motörhead, Buddy Guy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Spock’s Beard, Ghost, Backyard Babies, Frank Zappa… Reissues from Alice Cooper, Roger Waters, Taste, Girlschool, The Band, John Wetton… DVDs, films and books on David Bowie, Slipknot, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Ruts… Live reviews of AC/DC, The Scorpions, Gregg Allman, The Answer, Marillion… 

**Buyer’s Guide: Bob Seger
**Stand aside, Kid Rock, and tell Ted Nugent the news – looking back over the career of Detroit’s original blue-collar hero.

Live Previews
Must-see gigs from King Crimson, Rich Robinson and FFS. Plus full gig listings – who’s playing where and when.

Heavy Load: Phil May
The Pretty Things singer has survived verbal abuse, lung disease and being in a band with a man in yellow loon pants


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