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"EMI... and me" Pink Floyd segment Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 04 December 2002

The BBC documentary, "EMI... And Me" (see the news item from last month for more details) featured a short Pink Floyd segment. Following a passage talking about the Beatles "Sgt Pepper" album, the show then entered its "Hippie Hippie Shake" segment.

Starting with a bit of footage of a '67 outdoor "happening", with a youth looking remarkably like Roger relaxing with a young lady (see picture, left), and a voiceover commenting that the rise of psychedelia had meant "EMI [were] frightened of being left behind", the sounds and visions of the Look Of The Week Astronomy Domine performance appeared. Three people were then interviewed:

Norman Smith (EMI Producer 1966-71): I wasn't very impressed with their music, if you could call it that, but their light show - that was pretty impressive. But, they were obviously gathering a lot of fans.

Peter Jenner (Manager, 1967-70):I saw all these people wearing afghan coats with bells round their necks. I thought, my goodness, it really has become a social movement. It exploded!

Norman Smith: So I thought by this time, because as a producer for EMI, gotta make money for's business accumen grew. So I thought from that alone, it didn't matter whether I like their style or not - I think I can make some money here for EMI!

Uncredited fan: It felt that they were really in tune with you, and that I guess they were being aimed at impressionable young twits like me. I really believed it. I still do to a certain degree!

The programme then continued with a discussion of how Harvest Records was created.

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