David Gilmour: the art of guitar and life with Pink Floyd

David Gilmour has put music at the center of his universe. From bass to drums, from keyboards and organ to saxophone and piano, he plays everything, but it’s with the guitar that he reaches his highest point, so much to be considered as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Gilmour’s former classmate, Syd Barrett, after turning Pink Floyd into one of the most important realities of the English psychedelic landscape, began a personal fall, mainly caused by drugs. Pink Floyd had to look for a substitute and then Roger Waters thought about David Gilmour, who joins the group as a guitarist when he was 21. In 1968 the new formation became history, entering the legend with a series of extraordinary albums and with a revolutionary conception of live concerts. Selling over 250 million albums worldwide.

Son of a Cambridge professor, David Gilmour revolutionizes Rock, marries twice and has seven children. He’s fond of airplanes and he’s very charitable. The unmistakable sound of his guitar and his style marked an era.

“I don’t like to stay in the background. I would like my music to be the only important thing, at least for the time when you listen to it.”

David Gilmour: Wider Horizon is a documentary directed by Alan Yentob, BBC’s creative director, and it’s a portrait that explores his past and present. He captured the key moments in his personal and professional life. Gilmour opens the doors of his house, the places where he recorded some albums, and he tells us about his life, the artists who inspired him and how his music was born.

His solo albums are four: David Gilmour, About Face, On an Island and Rattle That Lock.

In 2006, he released On an Island. For that album he collaborates with his wife Polly Samson, author of many of the lyrics, and friends like Graham Nash, David Crosby, Robert Wyatt and Phil Manzanera. In the song In Any Tongue his son Gabriel Gilmour plays the piano parts, while in the Today his wife Polly wrote the lyrics and lends her voice.

His concerts often take place in very special locations and who participates remembers it forever. At the age of 45, after the film-concert that marked an era, the musician returned to the timeless ruins of Pompeii for two exclusive shows, which were filmed in the documentary Live at Pompeii. It’s a true Audiovisual show that revives the thrill of legendary songs like Wish You Were Here and other masterpieces such as The Great Gig In the Sky and Comfortably Numb.

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