For the album cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” the stuntman accidentally lit his mustache on fire.
Many occurrences spring to mind when it comes to dangerous acts in the name of entertainment. There’s a whole industry dedicated to stuntmen and stuntwomen who step in to fill these perilous roles, while some performers are brave enough (or perhaps just insane enough) to take on the potentially fatal roles themselves.
Stunts help generate the exhilarating sequences we’ve come to expect in movies and television shows, whether they’re dangling from a cliff, participating in a high-speed chase, plunging through fire, or bungee jumping.
When we hear about perilous stunts, we don’t usually think about album covers. After all, a piece of still photography doesn’t appear to be particularly dangerous, and most album covers offer photographs that are reasonably safe. However, it took a stuntman — who had a dangerously close call — to create Pink Floyd’s record Wish You Were Here.
Pink Floyd is one of the most well-known bands in history.
With Syd Barrett at the leadership, Pink Floyd was created in 1965. Pink Floyd sprang to prominence after taking their name from two American blues singers, and became one of the psychedelic rock scene’s founding acts.
Barrett’s drug usage and mental health issues, however, made him a shaky foundation for the group, despite his immense influence. Barett’s unpredictable behavior became too clear to overlook just as the band began to gain international fame.
Barrett was to be kept on as a songwriter with a lower-profile role when the other members approached David Gilmour about joining. Barrett’s volatility could not be hidden by this arrangement, and the band eventually severed all relations with him, replacing him with Gilmour.
Barrett’s brief solo career failed, and he spent the majority of his life in relative solitude before dying in 2006 at the age of 60.
Pink Floyd, on the other hand, went on to become one of the most well-known bands in the world… This is a condensed version of the narrative. I hope you found it entertaining.