Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour discusses his childhood, home life, early career and process for the creation of his fourth solo album, "Rattle That Lock." Part of the Coda Groundbreakers Theme.
“Who is David Gilmour?” one of the most distinctive guitarists in rock history is asked near the start of the 2015 documentary, “Wider Horizons.” A man of famously few words, he struggles to answer — “I wish I knew; I have no idea” — before finally offering, “Someone who’s spent his life driven by music.”
In countless ways, a band or vocal group is like a family. Sometimes these artistic fraternities involve actual family members, and then the process of making music becomes really personal. Such relationships can underpin levels of intimacy and communication that elevate the songs. They can also lead to the kind of squabbles that tear bands apart. Either way, family bands provide a fascinating window into the ups and downs of musical collaboration.
It’s fascinating to watch great artists evolve over long and prolific careers. But what of the artists who die young? When the greats don’t live long enough to see their 50th birthday, let alone their 40th or 30th, we all feel the loss. Whether it’s John Lennon, John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley or countless other talents who died prematurely, it’s not just their families and friends who mourn the loss, but the world.