- Allan F. Moore
English rock group. It was formed in London in 1965 by architecture students Syd Barrett (Roger Keith Barrett; b Cambridge, 6 Jan 1946, d 7 July 2006; guitar and vocals), Nick Mason (Nicholas Berkeley Mason; b Birmingham, 27 Jan 1945; drums), Roger Waters (George Roger Waters; b Great Bookham, Surrey, 9 Sept 1944; bass guitar and vocals) and Rick Wright (Richard William Wright; b London, 28 July 1945, d 15 Sept 2008; keyboards). They began by playing covers of rhythm and blues standards, but combined these with a highly innovatory light show, promising a ‘total environment of light and sound’. They thus became the most visible initial exponents of ‘psychedelia’ and by 1966 were headlining the new UFO club in central London. They deftly exploited media horror at the psychedelic movement, dispassionately denying any use of drugs. In late 1966 they played at the launch of the radical publication International Times...