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Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett    1946-2006

 

 

 

 

‘He was probably the hippest thing out there’ …

 

Mick Rock’s shot of Syd Barrett.

 

Mick Rock’s best photograph:

Syd Barrett on a Pontiac Parisienne

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Thursday 12 February 2015    08.01 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/feb/12/
mick-rock-best-photograph-syd-barrett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett    1946-2006

 

erratically brilliant

songwriter and singer

who created the psychedelic

rock of Pink Floyd

only to leave the band in 1968

with mental problems

 

(...)

 

With Pink Floyd,

and on two haunting solo albums,

Mr. Barrett became a touchstone

for experimental pop musicians.

 

He was also renowned

both as an LSD casualty

and as a symbol of how close

creativity can be to madness.

 

Mr. Barrett wrote

most of the songs

on Pink Floyd’s debut album,

“The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.”

 

In Mr. Barrett’s songs

like “Astronomy Domine,”

whimsy and wordplay merged

with a playful sense

of structure and sound.

 

“Let’s try it another way

You’ll lose your mind and play,”

he wrote in “See Emily Play.”

 

He also helped to conceive

the band’s performances

as spectacles.

 

“We have only just started to scrape

the surface of effects and ideas

of lights and music combined,”

Mr. Barrett told the trade

newspaper Melody Maker in 1967.

 

But under the pressures

of rock stardom

and after frequent use of LSD,

Mr. Barrett had a breakdown

in the late 1960’s

and spent most of his life

as a recluse.

 

Pink Floyd,

with its bassist, Roger Waters,

taking over as songwriter,

went on to become

a multimillion-selling

arena-rock band in the 1970’s.

 

Pink Floyd

sang about Mr. Barrett

in one of its hits,

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/12/arts/music/12barrett.html

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/
sydbarrett

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/may/16/
hey-teacher-how-syd-barretts-artistic-genius-flowered-at-school

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jan/06/
nick-kent-pink-floyd-syd-barrett-classic-profile-creem-1973

 

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2011/jun/10/
radio-review-syd-barrett

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/may/08/
syd-barrett-rob-chapman-review

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/12/
arts/music/12barrett.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2006/jul/11/
sydbarrett.pinkfloyd

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/
story.php?storyId=5549695  - July 11, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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