Synopsis by Mark Deming
In 1966, British filmmaker Peter Whitehead was working on a film about the creative scene in London as the city was moving from the "Mod" era into the dawn of the psychedelic movement. Wanting music that would capture the adventurous spirit of the day, Whitehead recruited an up-and-coming band called the Pink Floyd, and filmed a recording session in which the group recorded two extended pieces for the film, their epochal performance piece "Interstellar Overdrive" and an improvisation called "Nick's Boogie". Excerpts from the two numbers and footage from the recording sessions appeared in Whitehead's film Tonight Let's All Make Love In London, but the Pink Floyd recordings make their first complete appearance in Pink Floyd: London 1966/1967, in which the music is accompanied by footage of the band in the studio, performing onstage at London's fabled UFO Club, and appearing in images from the legendary 1967 London happening "The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream." John Lennon, Julie Christie and Mary Quant are among the other stars of the moment who can be spotted in the film.