Nick Mason Uncovers Dark Chapter From Roger Waters’ Past

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason recently chatted with Canoe about ‘The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains,’ which features 350 artifacts from the band’s 50-year career. Mason also shared the story behind the most ‘bizarre’ item from the exhibit and how it was connected to a ‘dark chapter’ from Roger Waters’ past, explaining:

“The most bizarre item probably was the cane that was used to punish both Roger and (frequent Floyd album art collaborator and graphic designer) Storm Thorgerson when they were schoolboys at Cambridge and that arrived with a punishment book.”

The drummer revealed how they added the cane and the punishment book to the exhibit. He recalled:

“I don’t know who had it. It’s one of those things where it sort of appeared, and someone said, ‘Well, this is amazing. Put this in the show for sure.'”

The Pink Floyd exhibit opening in Toronto aligned with the 50th anniversary of the band’s 1973 album, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon.’ When talking about the exhibition Mason also talked about the album’s milestone anniversary and said:

“To some extent, it’s a bit humbling. When we made it, we were proud of it, but we had no idea it would actually still have any relevance, I suppose, in the 21st century.”

The band had also held an event this past April for fans to celebrate their 1973 album through their official Twitter account. They wrote:

“Just announced is a once-in-a-lifetime, total solar eclipse ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ listening event, taking place in Australia on April 20th. There’s also the opportunity for 8 Australian fans to visit a special location for the event. Full details at Pink Floyd’s official website.”

You can read Nick Mason’s interview with Canoe here and see the punishment book and cane below.

Photo Credit: Jane Stevenson / Toronto Sun