Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Five Piece Floyd

Outside Rock'n'Roll London – Five Piece Floyd in Hastings…

For a brief period in early '68, Pink Floyd existed uneasily as a five-piece with David Gilmour playing alongside the ailing Syd Barrett. 

Here's a page from the sketchbook for The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine featuring the rare five-piece Floyd…

Syd Barrett played his last gig with Pink Floyd in Hastings, at the Pavilion Ballroom on Hastings Pier. The date was the 20th January 1968.

Over the years the Pavilion Ballroom has also played host to Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and The Who (the next stars of our Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book Fanzine).

Like so many Syd Barrett shrines (most notably the famous UFO club and his West End flat by Cambridge Circus here in London), Hastings Pier is (at time of writing) closed. A fire in 2010 rendered the structure unsafe.

To get to Hastings from London, catch a train from Waterloo East – it takes about an hour-and-three-quarters to get there, and here's a map to Hastings pier…

Hastings has its own rock'n'roll connections – notably Karl Ferris, the photographer responsible for the shot on what is widely regarded to be the first psychedelic album sleeve. Here it is, posing on my 1965 Dansette Viva…

Seems odd now that back in June '67 the hitherto tame and obedient Hollies should have pipped the Floyd by some two months for the first psychedelic sleeve.

Karl Ferris also worked with Hendrix and Donovan. 

The Southern Trains website is HERE.

The Southeastern Trains website is HERE.

The Rock'n'Roll London Walk with London Walks takes place every Friday at 2:00pm meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station.

There's no need to book – the walking tour costs £10 per person with £8 for concessions.

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