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Pink Floyd Scores The Moon Landing

Forty years ago today, when humans first set foot on the moon, Pink Floyd was helping the BBC with its live coverage of the event. While a team of scientists in one studio offered commentary, the band was in another, playing a live score to accompany the grainy black-and-white images flickering on the screen.

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour tells The Guardian, "They were broadcasting the moon landing, and they thought that to provide a bit of a break, they would show us jamming. It was only about five minutes long. The song was called 'Moonhead.' It's a nice, atmospheric, spacey, 12-bar blues."

Here's the unreleased track:

This isn't the original video, with music as everyone saw and heard it. It was apparently produced by a fan, using a bootlegged copy of the song.

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