Roger Waters is a legendary musician best known as the primary songwriter, bassist, and vocalist of the iconic English rock band Pink Floyd. His career in music has spanned over five decades, during which he has created some of the most iconic music in rock and roll history. In this article, we will explore the life and career of Roger Waters, from his early life, to his career with Pink Floyd, and his later years as a solo artist.
Roger Waters was born on September 6, 1943 in Great Bookham, Surrey, England. His father, Eric Fletcher Waters, was a schoolteacher and a member of the Royal Air Force. He was killed in action during World War II when Roger was only five months old. His mother, Mary, was left to raise Roger and his two younger siblings alone. Growing up, his mother encouraged him to pursue his musical interests, and he was soon playing in local bands.
He attended the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, where he met future Pink Floyd members Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright. The four of them, along with Waters’ childhood friend David Gilmour, formed Pink Floyd in 1965.
The band quickly rose to fame with the release of their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967. Waters wrote most of the songs on the album, and he quickly became the band’s primary songwriter and lyricist. He also sang lead vocals on many of their songs, including the iconic “Echoes”.
The band released a string of successful albums throughout the 1970s, including the classic The Dark Side of the Moon. Waters wrote and sang on many of the songs on this album, including the iconic “Money”. The album was a massive success, and it has since sold over 45 million copies worldwide.
The band’s later albums were not as successful, and tensions between Waters and the other members began to mount. Waters eventually left the band in 1985, and he embarked on a solo career.
Waters released his first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, in 1984. He followed this up with the classic album Amused to Death in 1992. He has since released two more studio albums, as well as a number of live albums and compilations.
In addition to his solo work, Waters has also collaborated with a number of other artists, including Bryan Adams, Elton John, and Paul McCartney. He has also composed music for a number of films and TV shows, including the acclaimed Pink Floyd: The Wall and The Wall Live in Berlin.
Waters has also been involved in several humanitarian causes, including Amnesty International and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. He has also been an outspoken critic of the Israeli government and its policies towards the Palestinians.
Roger Waters is one of the most influential musicians of the last five decades. His work with Pink Floyd is some of the most iconic music in rock and roll history, and his solo work has been critically acclaimed. He is also a passionate humanitarian, and his activism has won him widespread acclaim. His legacy will continue to inspire music fans around the world for many years to come.