Classic Rock Corner

Pink Floyd The Wall at 30: Would Pink Have a Facebook Page?

Rock stars: They're different from us. That's why we love them, and that's why sometimes they can fool themselves into thinking they're Hitler.

That, as far as I can tell, is the message of Pink Floyd The Wall, Alan Parker's 1982 film based on the British rockers' 1979 album The Wall. Despite the group's name in the title, the movie is very clear about its real author: "By Roger Waters" runs right after the title card. With Waters in town to rebuild the Wall tonight at Toyota Center, I thought I'd watch Parker's movie, which I had never seen before, for the first time as a little homework.

Pink Floyd The Wall stars Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats, who not long after the film was released would have an attack of conscience in Ethiopia and found Live Aid. (Just think, this movie could have starred Bono.) Pink loses his father to WWII, is saddled with a mother who smothers him when she's not emasculating him by taking other men into her bed, and survives a nightmarish British boarding-school childhood to emerge as a rich and famous rock and roll star.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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