Roger Waters

Born: September 6, 1944
Great Bookham, Surrey, England

Roger Waters was born into pre-World War II England. The death of his father only a couple of years after he was born was the beginning of a disparaging childhood that would have a great impact on his creativity. Grammar school, World War II, and an un- (and almost anti-) creative environment are recurring themes in the music he writes. Waters' mother was a strict school teacher, and didn't encourage him to write music, or even listen to it. A very rebellious teenager, he joined a gang of kids who took out their frustrations vandalizing school property. They listened to American rock and roll albums, and wanted to force the adults around them to step into the modern times that were going on outside of their narrow world. Roger did find a positive role model in a teacher at the Regent Street Architectural School he attended. This teacher encouraged Waers to learn guitar, and let him practice right through his other classes. Waters began trying to form a band. He first joined a band called The Abdabs, but after several members quit, he recruited a few school friends to take their places. Richard Wright, Syd Barrett, and Nick Mason were among those friends. After several name re-incarnations, they finally came upon calling themselves The Pink Floyd Sound, at Barrett's request. Eventually, this was shortened to Pink Floyd. The group was related to all things psychedelic in London, and they started getting recognition in the mid sixties, just when the psychedelic movement was really heating up. David Gilmour soon replaced a success-weary and over-drugged Syd Barrett, and then they became the popular version of Pink Floyd as most people know them. Waters gradually assumed control of the band, and he was known to be a ruthless character in the recording studio as well as in live situations. While Waters is considered a lyrical genius, his music often tends to progress toward the darker things in life. His wonderfully creative concepts and lyrics made him largely responsible for such notable albums as Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, and Wish You Were Here, but it also caused tremendous tensions amongst members of the band. Waters also felt contempt towards his fans, and it was hard for some of the other members of Floyd to identify with him. He fired Richard Wright in 1979, which further infuriated the other three members of Floyd. Waters officially left Pink Floyd, however, in 1985, due to the obvious differences with the other members. And, although Waters didn't expect it, Pink Floyd eventually picked up and carried on without him. He tried to stop Floyd from touring without him with a court injunction, but it produced no results to his liking. He did continue on with his solo career, which boasts such successful and insightful albums as The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, and Amused to Death, but no plans for a reunion with the rest of Pink Floyd will be made.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Bass Guitar Synthesizer Vocals Songwriter Percussion Composer Engineer Producer Backup Vocals

Psychedelic Rock Stadium Rock

Bands That Roger Waters Has Played For:
Pink Floyd

Roger Waters Has Worked With:
David Gilmour Nick Mason Richard Wright Syd Barrett Alan Parsons Thomas Dolby Jon Carin Doyle Bramhall II

Roger Waters Was Influenced By:
John Lennon

Artists That Were Influenced By Roger Waters:
Talena Atfield Steve Ferlazzo Guy Pratt
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