50 YEARS AGO: PINK FLOYD SOUNDTRACK THE MOON LANDING July 21, 1969


When viewers in the U.K. gazed upon their television sets on July 21, 1969, they were witnessing history. Man was setting foot on the Moon for the first time, and providing the soundtrack was legendary rock band Pink Floyd.

The BBC recognized how historically significant the Moon landing would be and planned its programming accordingly. Over a 10-day period the network provided more than 27 hours' worth of material that was about or inspired by the Moon landing. These included news reports, children’s shows and Moon-centric entertainment.

The song from their performance would be called “Moonhead,” and though it has been bootlegged countless times over the years, it didn't receive an official release until 2016 when it was included as part of Pink Floyd’s The Early Years 1965–1972 box set.

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