Mate, Syd turned up all of a sudden during one of the recording sessions. The band freaked out completely because from the svelte, dandy-like figure who masterminded Floyd’s early success they now had in front of him an overweight, pot-bellied geezer. Gilmour’s solos on “Shine On…” might be one of rock’n’roll’s best guitar moments ever. Wish You Were Here signalled the beginning of the end for Floyd.

London-based, Cuban writer. Author of “Cuban, Immigrant, and Londoner”, to be published by Austin Macauley. Has written for The Guardian and Prospect.

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