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Syd Barrett, A Psychedelic Veteran

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, June 1971

In every great revolution heroes are created who in turn are often killed by the very ideals which they fought for. The "psychedelic revolution" of ...

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Syd Barrett: Confusion and Mr Barrett

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1970

SYD BARRETT is a
happy, creative if
somewhat confused
young man, who gave
the Pink Floyd hits and
headaches when still in
the group of his own
creation, and after
many months of ...

Syd Barrett Speaks

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, March 1970

BRITAIN’S art colleges have turned out a disproportionate number of successful musicians – John Lennon, Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend among them. It was while ...

Syd Speaks Out — At Last!

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, March 1970

IT WOULDN'T BE as far-fetched as it sounds to say that what Bo Diddley was to the rock and roll scene, Pink Floyd were to ...

Syd Barrett

Profile by Jon Tiven, JAMZ, 1971

SYD BARRETT STARTED playing guitar in primary school in primary school in Cambridge. Later, he went on to Camberwell Schooll of Art in London, where ...

Syd Barrett

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, March 1971

STORIES ABOUT Syd Barrett are legion. That he became overbearingly egotistical, impossible to work with. That he was thrown out of The Pink Floyd. That ...

Syd Barrett: The Genius Who Almost Was

Profile by Nick Kent, Creem, October 1973

IT WAS only a few months back that a friend told me he'd seen Syd Barrett drifting down Charing Cross Road, looking in guitar shops. ...

A Nice Pair — The Pink Floyd LPs That Failed

Overview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, February 1974

They finally became stars on their ninth album, The Dark Side of the Moon, but they were first led around to the dark side of the psyche ...

The Cracked Ballad of Syd Barrett

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1974

The summer of '67 went up like a psychedelic mushroom-cloud – and some of the fall-out's still coming down. Brian Jones was casually snuffed out, ...

Syd Barrett: Careening Through Life...

Retrospective by Kris DiLorenzo, Trouser Press, February 1978

THE COLOR black is not a solitary real color. Nor is it the total absence of color. A black hole in space, in fact, is ...

Syd Barrett: The Tragedy Of Floyd's Founding Genius

Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, History of Rock, The, 1983

Early in 1970, Melody Maker asked Roger Waters what he thought of The Madcap Laughs, the debut solo album by his erstwhile Pink Floyd colleague ...

Crazy Diamond: Syd Barrett & the Dawn of Pink Floyd, Mike Watkinson and Pete Anderson (Omnibus Press)

Book Review by Tom Hibbert, Q, February 1991

TWO EXCELLENT ways to become a sort of "cult" rock hero: 1) Be dead; 2) Be bonkers...Actually, come to think of it, the first option ...

Syd Barrett

Retrospective by Mark Paytress, Record Collector, 1993

IN COMMON with Brian Wilson, Captain Beefheart and Phil Spector, Syd Barrett is a musician whose work is often overshadowed by the myths that surround ...

Pink Floyd: The Division Bell; Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond

Review by Tom Graves, Rolling Stone, June 1994

IS THIS still really Pink Floyd? That seems to be the question, as it has been since Roger Waters left the band in 1985 to ...

Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs/Barrett/Opel

Review by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, July 1994

IN A RECENT EDITION OF A MAGAZINE THAT SHALL REMAIN nameless, some clever-dick had this to say: "No-one likes Syd Barrett except for the kind ...

The Crazy Diamond: Syd Barrett

Retrospective by Cliff Jones, MOJO, September 1996

He was Pink Floyd’s astral voyager who went too far, the star-child of psychedelia who never returned from his journey to inner space. Nearly 30 ...

Julian Palacios: Lost In The Woods

Book Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 1998

POSSIBLY THE most quixotically gifted musician of his generation, Roger Syd Barrett – son of the Cambridge flatlands and short-lived London underground starchild – is ...

Syd Barrett: Disappearances Can Be Deceptive

Report by Tom Cox, Observer, The, April 2001

THERE ARE PROBABLY better places in the world to go to become invisible than Cambridge, but perhaps not if you are an ex-rock star with ...

Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me? The Best Of Syd Barrett

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, May 2001

FIRST THINGS first. It's great. The long-lost 'Bob Dylan Blues', I mean. Lampooning the conformity of the folk-protest movement as much as it lampoons its ...

Syd Barrett: Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Obituary by Nick Kent, Guardian, The, July 2006

Syd Barrett, the most famous recluse in rock, is dead. It would be easy to mourn the founder of Pink Floyd as a casualty of ...

Syd Barrett

Obituary by Rob Chapman, MOJO, September 2006

This is the full version of a piece that appeared in Mojo, September 2006 ...

Syd Barrett: A Blind Date With Syd

Retrospective by Chris Welch, Uncut, September 2006

Former Melody Maker writer Chris Welch recalls a brief encounter with Barrett in 1967 ...

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