Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Richard Wright

Pink Floyd co-founder and keyboardist Richard Wright died yesterday following a brief battle with cancer. He was 65 years old.

A spokesman for the Wright family issued a statement saying, "The family of Richard Wright, founding member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness, that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

Wright is survived by his third wife Millie and four children. Wright's daughter Gala is married to bassist Guy Pratt, who has been Floyd's main bassist since Roger Waters left the band.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Rick Wright founded Pink Floyd in London in 1965 with guitarist Syd Barrett, bassist Roger Waters, and drummer Nick Mason. In 1968 when Barrett's metal illness and drug use rendered him unable to keep up with the band professionally, Barrett's close friend David Gilmour joined the band as a second guitarist, and then eventually replaced Barrett as a full-time member.
Twenty-three vintage Bob Dylan poems will be included in the upcoming book Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript, according to Rolling Stone. The poems were written in 1968 for the book which feature classic Hollywood photos by photographer Barry Feinstein. Feinstein is best known for shooting the cover of Dylan's 1963 album The Times They Are A-Changin', George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, Janis Joplin's Pearl, and many more legendary rock shots.

The long-unreleased book, which was originally planned over 40 years ago, pairs Dylan's poems next to shots of legendary movie stars, including Marlon Brando.

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