Roger Waters is a renowned British rock musician, bass player, songwriter and composer. One of the founders of the legendary Pink Floyd group.
Roger Waters was born on September 6 in the British city of Cambridge in 1943. The parents of the future musician worked at school, his mother was a director and teacher of literature, and his father taught theology. With the outbreak of World War II, Eric Fletcher, Roger's father, went to the front and soon died in Italy. The mother, trying to somehow make up for the loss, began to educate the boy more strictly. Later, Roger will reflect this in the legendary album, and then in the film "The Wall".
From an early age, Roger was fond of sports and, like most Englishmen, adored football. He not only loved to play it, but to this day he is a fan of the famous London club Arsenal. But this remained at the level of hobbies, he wanted to realize himself precisely in music.
After leaving school, the guy moved to the capital of Great Britain, London, where he entered one of the prestigious universities in the capital at the Faculty of Architecture. From the first scholarships, Roger bought himself a guitar and even took a few lessons on playing it. But as it turns out later, according to the musicians themselves, those lessons were not useful to him in the future. While studying at the institute, Roger spoke at various student events.
In 1965, Roger Waters decided to create his own ensemble. And in the company of fellow bandmates Nick Mason and Richard Wright, as well as an old friend from Cambridge Barrett's hometown, they create a musical team. The name was suggested by Sid Barrett, and the company began to call itself Pink Floyd.
Much of the ensemble's attributes and the first hits were invented by Sid, therefore he remained in history as the creator of the legend. Unfortunately, the fame and popularity that quickly fell on the group, money, entertainment and drugs led to the fact that Barrett left the team. His place was taken by David Gilmour, Roger's longtime companion.
The band continued to gain traction, regularly releasing records, touring, interviewing and radio appearances. The peak of the group's popularity was in the mid-70s of the last century, but along with the growth in popularity, a conflict flared up in the group. Unable to bear this in 1981, Richard Wright left the group.
The most striking and memorable work of Roger Waters can rightfully be considered the 11th collection of Pink Floyd's "The Wall". The album was released in late 1979. The concept of the album, most of the words and arrangements were invented directly by Waters. Richard Wright left the band on the eve of the album's release, but despite this, he took part as a session musician on the Wall tour.
The collection and popularity of "Wall" surpassed all expectations, the album occupied the top lines of various charts for several years. In 1982, director Alan Parker filmed the eponymous
a feature film based on a screenplay by Roger Waters. In the film, the contents of the album were partially changed, some compositions were omitted, and Roger recorded something specifically for the film adaptation.
Career after the wall
The discord, smoldering since the mid-70s, reached its peak, and in 1985 Roger Waters announced the breakup of the group. However, Gilmore and Mason who remained in the group did not want to accept this. Then Waters tried to sue for the title of the team, but failed. David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright received the rights to the merchandise and songs. The band continued to perform without Roger Waters.
The musician began an independent career and recorded several concept albums. Waters also recorded the soundtrack for the animated film When the Wind Blows. After the Berlin Wall collapsed in 1990, in honor of this event, the famous musician organized a grand performance in Berlin, which attracted an incredible number of spectators.
And in 2004, the well-known film company Miramax said that it was working on a musical based on the legendary "The Wall", and Roger Waters took an active part in the creation of the play. The musician has recorded five solo works and continues to perform in concerts with both his own works and the legacy of Pink Floyd. For example, the grandiose tour The wall live, which lasted almost 3 years, became the highest grossing solo artist in the world. In 2018, the famous musician went on another tour called Us + Them.
Waters has been married four times. The first love of a celebrity in the mid-70s was the simpleton Judy Trim, and the family lasted for six years. The musician's second wife is Carolyn Christie, who gave her husband a daughter, India, who, as a teenager, became addicted to drugs and then barely escaped and her son, named Harry. The third was the failed movie star Priscilla, who gave birth to Waters' son Jack.
The fourth love became for Roger a truly fatal passion. The musician and beauty Laurie Derning got married in secret from the public in 2012, and then, three years later, divorced, making a splash all over America. Laurie through the court took away from the elderly eminent husband more than $ 60 million and luxury housing in the center of New York.
At the present time, there are persistent rumors that the aging handsome Roger is in an intimate relationship with the Palestinian model and journalist Rula Jebreal, who is three decades younger than the musician.