‘Music to Your Ears’ Preview: DSOTM

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon was and remains a landmark album. Released 50 years ago this month, at the height of the rock era, DSOTM is both an exemplar of studio technique and a cohesive musical statement that resonates with listeners to this very day. One of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time, The Dark Side of the Moon is also one of the most enduring: the record famously clung onto the Billboard album charts for an astounding 969 weeks (more than 18 years). Certified 14x Platinum (15 million units sold) in the U.S. alone, DSOTM was a worldwide smash. In 2012, Pink Floyd’s eighth album was recognized by the Library of Congress as a work of historical, cultural and aesthetic significance.

But the road to making DSOTM was an unlikely one. Just five years earlier, Pink Floyd had lost its leader. Singer and guitarist Syd Barrett founded the group, and for a time was its leading light: he wrote nearly all of the band’s music, sang the songs, and was a charismatic front man. But when he was unable to continue – kicked out of the band he started due to a combination of mental illness and copious intake of psychedelic drugs – the band’s very future was in doubt. The story of how Pink Floyd embarked upon a five-year journey from a group without mooring to the band that made The Dark Side of the Moon is the subject of my 2018 book, Reinventing Pink Floyd.

In celebration of the lag-century anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon, I proudly present the latest edition of Music to Your Ears. This monthly discussion series sponsored by AshevilleFM and hosted by Asheville Guitar Bar digs into the backstories of important artists and albums.

For this special Dark Side discussion, I will share rare, unreleased recordings that illustrate the creative path charted by Pink Floyd as they developed the monumental work. You’ve heard The Dark Side of the Moon before, but never like this.

Join my as I lead a discussion of The Dark Side of the Moon. We’ll chat about the background, creation and legacy of the album, and listen to some key tracks that demonstrate the innovation and creativity of Pink Floyd. And as always, we’ll facilitate audience discussion.

Asheville Guitar Bar, This Coming Wednesday April 5 @ 7pm.

More info here.