Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here, a documentary about rock group Pink Floyd‘s memorable album Wish You Were Here, is getting a DVD and Blu-ray release on June 26th from Eagle Rock Entertainment.
The album, which was their follow up to their enormously successful 1973 Dark Side of the Moon, is almost as revered by fans of the group as Dark Side is. Originally released in September 1975 and going to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world, Wish You Were Here explores themes similar to Dark Side — alienation, confusion, longing, mental breakdown, and also even dissension in the music business. It’s also a tribute of sorts to one of their founding members, the late Syd Barrett, who had left the band a few years earlier, due to mental illness. The long track “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” is a recorded nod to their fallen member, who had also made a few unannounced appearances in the studio when they were recording the album. That track opens and closes the record.
The DVD and Blu-ray will have in-depth interviews with the surviving members of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason, and the late Richard Wright is showcased in archival footage also discussing the album. Vocalist Ron Harper, who lends his vocal talents on the track “Have a Cigar,” also gives his thoughts here on the documentary, as does the original album sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson and even the man who is “burning” on the cover of the album, Ronnie Rondell. Brian Humphries, the original recording engineer, even gives us a breakdown of the album’s construction by going back to the original master tapes.
Originally shown on television first, the DVD/Blu-Ray release of The Story of Wish You Were Here will contain extra bonus material as well, with more interviews by Waters, Gilmour, and Mason, and performances of key parts of the album by Waters and Gilmour.