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Roger Waters

Musician and composer Roger Waters, who co-founded Pink Floyd, joins Kirsty Young to choose his Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the musician Roger Waters.

As one of the founding members of the band Pink Floyd, he has seen huge critical and commercial success. But in 1985 he walked away from the group and years of acrimony followed. They were reunited for one final performance, twenty years later, for Live 8. It was a moment many of their fans thought they would not live to see and it was, he says, highly emotional.

"We did a run through on the Friday night and it was remarkable, there were about fifty or sixty people working on the site, putting out rubbish bins or whatever it was they were doing and they all stopped and at the end they all applauded - that was a very moving moment."

Record: Mahler - Symphony No.5 in C Sharp - 4th movement
Book: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Luxury: A grand piano

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

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Fri 3 Jun 2011 09:00

Music Played

  • Neil Young


    Composer: Neil Young

    • Crosby, Stills Nash and Young: So Far.
    • Atlantic.
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jaques Morelenbaum & Everton Norton

    Endless Flight

    Composer: Ryuichi Sakamoto

    • Babel soundtrack.
    • Concord.
  • Leonard Cohen

    Bird on the Wire

    Composer: L Cohen

    • The Essential Leonard Cohen.
    • Columbia.
  • Chet Baker

    My Funny Valentine

    Composer: Rodgers and Hart

    • My Funny Valentine.
    • Pacific Jazz.
  • Ray Charles

    Georgia On My Mind

    Composer: Gorrell/Carmichael

    • Ray Charles: Collection.
    • Westmoor.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    E Lucevan Le Stelle (from Tosca)

    Artist: Franco Corelli

    • Franco Corelli : Arias by Giordano, Puccini.
    • EMI.
  • Billie Holiday

    God Bless the Child

    Composer: Arthur Herzog Jr – Billie Holiday

    • Lady Sings the Blues Vol. 4.
    • Verve.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Gustav Mahler

      Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - 4th movement (Adagietto)

      Artist: Sir Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic

      • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Rattle.
      • EMI.
  • Book Choice

    • All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy

  • Luxury Choice

    • A grand piano


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Roger Waters


  • Sun 29 May 2011 10:00
  • Sun 29 May 2011 11:15
  • Fri 3 Jun 2011 09:00

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