How Pink Floyd survived the loss of their mercurial leader and went on to own the planet

    On January 26, 1968, Pink Floyd opted to play a gig at Southampton University without their frontman. 

    Owing to a combination of then-undiagnosed mental health issues and his fondness for hallucinogenic drugs, Syd Barrett’s behaviour had become increasingly erratic, unpredictable and problematic, to the extent that Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright had decided to expand their group’s line-up with the addition of a second guitarist, David Gilmour, in the hope that he might compensate for Barrett’s instability. 

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