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The Dark Side of the Moon
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Dark Side of the Moon is one of the best-selling albums of all time and a huge musical achievement for pioneering space-rockers Pink Floyd, who in this album achieve feats of trippy sound and musical transportation that are all the more amazing because digital production tools were still decades away. There's an isolated swear word in this heavily instrumental, atmospheric album, but you may be more troubled by the lyrics' relentless harping on the meaninglessness of life.
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What's the story?
On THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, Pink Floyd reached its undisputed creative peak with an ambitious, full-blown concept album of intricately crafted instrumental passages punctuated by occasional lyrics. Bandmembers David Gilmour (guitar), Roger Waters (bass), Rick Wright (keyboards), and Nick Mason (drums) are both skilled and creative in this musical experience that carries the listener into outer space, with lots of lyrics about alienated modern life for company.
Is it any good?
Not only did The Dark Side of the Moon top the Billboard album chart in the year of its release, it also continues to spend time on that chart to this day. It's one of the most influential albums in rock 'n' roll history, covered by untold numbers of bands, and used as a soundtrack for everything from parties to planetarium shows. One of the albums most commonly shared among generations of rock 'n' roll lovers, it's not everyone's dish, but it's an undisputed classic, with many well-known tunes including "Money" and "Time." It's really meant to be heard straight through, though.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether older members of the family liked this album when they were young, what their experience of it was, and whether they've ever seen it performed live.
What do you think of the guy's attitude in "Money"? What do you think the guy who wrote the song thinks of him?
Why do you think they call this space music? Have you ever seen a planetarium show that used it for a soundtrack?
Why do you think this album is still a bestseller decades after its release?