Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour explains why he's auctioning off around of his iconic instruments for charity. More than half a century after he joined Pink Floyd , David Gilmour will be auctioning off about of the iconic guitars he played both with the band and on his solo releases. They have given me lots of music. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention. In addition to helping out those less fortunate than him, Gilmour sees the sale as a matter of cleaning house. They will give joy to other people. What sparked the idea to sell these guitars? This time, it is going to happen. They are the tools of my trade.
He joined as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in shortly before the departure of founding member Syd Barrett. He is also credited for bringing singer-songwriter Kate Bush to public attention. He was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution title at the Q Awards. Gilmour has taken part in projects related to issues including animal rights , environmentalism, homelessness, poverty, and human rights. He has married twice and is the father of eight children. Gilmour's parents encouraged him to pursue his interest in music, and in he bought his first single, Bill Haley 's " Rock Around the Clock ". He borrowed a guitar from a neighbour, but never gave it back. Soon afterward, Gilmour started teaching himself to play using a book and record set by Pete Seeger. They recorded a one-sided album and a single at Regent Sound Studio, in west London, but only 50 copies of each were made.
Most people think of him, more now perhaps than anyone else, as the very ongoing embodiment of Pink Floyd, the group he joined in late as a live replacement for Syd Barrett. Steady, strong-willed and undoubtedly his own person, Gilmour has stealthily sought to preserve the legacy of the group it could be argued its other two leaders Syd Barrett, Roger Waters sought, if not to destroy, certainly undermine. Gilmour has never been especially prolific, or taken to the stage with the same gusto as Waters, whose stadium shows in the 21st century have continued where The Wall left off.
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