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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

What was it like to go to a Pink Floyd concert in 1966?

Pink Floyd in 1967. (L-R: Nick Mason, Rick Wright, Roger Waters and Syd Barrett) Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Joe Boyd remembers those Pink Floyd early years because he was booking the band at his club in London.

To celebrate the release of the new Pink Floyd Early Years 1965 - 1972 box set - a 27 disc set (to put that in perspective, Dark Side of the Moon wasn't released until 1975) - NPR sat down with writer and producer Joe Boyd to talk about those early days of the band.

In 1965 Boyd went to the UK to help get an overseas office of Elektra Records up and running. The following year he opened his own club, the UFO Club, in London. It was London's first psychedelic rock club, and one of the acts that played there regularly was Pink Floyd.

So, few people know what a live performance from Pink Floyd was like better than Boyd does. Take a listen to what he had to say about that era with his All Songs Considered session with NPR.

And be sure to read the full NPR All Songs Considered post to learn more about #PinkFloydWeek.

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