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Syd Barrett

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Syd Barrett's Stars

Memoir by Gary Lucas, Rock's Backpages, July 2023

THE NEW Syd Barrett doc Have You Got It Yet?, now playing at the Quad Cinema here in NYC, is quite good but very sad ...

Syd Barrett: The Madcap returns

Report by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, 4 March 1972

SYD BARRETT'S new band, Stars, made their strange debut at Cambridge Corn Exchange last week. Roy Hollingworth reports... ...

Syd Barrett, 1946-2006

Obituary by Robert Webb, The Independent, 12 July 2006

Reclusive co-founder of Pink Floyd ...

Syd Barrett, 1946-2006

Obituary by Alan Clayson, The Guardian, 11 July 2006

Former lead singer of Pink Floyd whose drug-induced breakdown and reclusive retirement created a musical legend ...

Overdrive! Syd Barrett Part 2

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Shindig, November 2016

LAST MONTH WE looked at Syd's childhood and the birth of Pink Floyd up to releasing 'Arnold Layne'. ...

Syd Barrett: Before The Void

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Shindig, October 2016

2016 MARKS 70 years since Syd Barrett entered this world, ten since he left it and an incredible half century since Pink Floyd played their ...

Syd Barrett: Is It Possible, Too, That Syd Has Risen From The Grave?

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

THOUGH IT'S been something like a year and a half since yours truly and the NME brought you all the harrowing "Saga of Syd" (ne Roger Keith Barrett) ...

Syd Speaks Out — At Last!

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 14 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: 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 ...

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 ...

Syd Barrett

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 27 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 ...

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: Confusion and Mr Barrett

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 31 January 1970

happy, creative if
 somewhat confused
 young man, who gave 
the Pink Floyd hits and 
headaches when still in 
the group of ...

The Cracked Ballad of Syd Barrett

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 13 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: Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Obituary by Nick Kent, The Guardian, 12 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 ...

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: 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. ...

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

Review by Tom Graves, Rolling Stone, 16 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: 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

Obituary by Rob Chapman, MOJO, September 2006

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

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: Disappearances Can Be Deceptive

Report by Tom Cox, The Observer, 22 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

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: 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Syd Barrett: The Tragedy Of Floyd's Founding Genius

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

see also Pink Floyd


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