Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason Finally Gets Degree
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is to be given an honorary degree by the educational establishment where the band formed.
Mason met Roger Waters and Richard Wright after joining the Regent Street Polytechnic in London in 1962. As the band grew in fame he was forced to choose between studying architecture and music, and dropped out of his course.
Now the polytechnic’s successor, the University of Westminster, will present him with an honorary doctorate of letters in recognition of his “significant contribution to the music industry over the last 50 years.”
Mason says: “Studying introduced me to some of the key people and the biggest collaborators in my career.
“Three of Pink Floyd met there, so in essence we were formed under the roof of the polytechnic. We rehearsed in the common room in the basement and made some of our first performances there.
“Not only did studying architecture teach us some useful stuff – it also put us in touch with some fantastic mentors and industry contacts that have helped us along the way.”
Interim Dean Alan Fisher says: “Other alumni would argue that Pink Floyd’s presence at the Regent Street Polytechnic really helped to shape the atmosphere and influenced the experience of student life for those who attended at the same time.”
The educational establishment this year celebrated its 130th anniversary.
The house shared by various members of Floyd including Mason, Waters, Wright and Syd Barrett, was sold at auction in September. Untouched since the death of its owner, the building still contained musical equipment owned by the band.
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