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Syd Barrett

Like a supernova, Roger "Syd" Barrett burned briefly and brightly, leaving an indelible mark upon psychedelic and progressive rock as the founder and original singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist of Pink Floyd. He was responsible for most of their brilliant first album, 1967's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, but left and/or was fired from the band in early 1968 after his erratic behavior had made him too difficult to deal with; Pink Floyd never recaptured the playful humor and mad energy of their work with Barrett. After a period of hibernation, he re-emerged in 1970 with a pair of albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, which featured considerable support from his former bandmates. Barrett's eccentric humor, sly wordplay, and infectious melodies range from brilliant to chaotic on his solo work. Lacking the taut power of his recordings with the Floyd in 1967, they nevertheless remain fascinating and moving glimpses into a creative psyche gone awry after (it is theorized) too much fame and too many drugs too early. With increasing psychological problems, Barrett withdrew into near-total seclusion after these albums. He never released any more material, and these days rarely appears in public, let alone to play music. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Better than David gilmour
he was a genius
Happy birthday , Syd :-)
His songs are awesome even translated into Spanish!
Andy Kaufman was and will forever be a tool.
Syd Barrett and Andy Kaufman would have been great friends... I can sense it
@ Queen_Of_The _ N o r m a n s : I know right? Sad, how many celebs and musicians die too young. Mostly from drugs. Stupid, have some common sense people, don't follow these lost stars into the grave too early. R.I.P. Syd, and shine on you crazy diamond.
Syd's career may have been short-lived, but he has a number of great songs. Also, Floyd made most of their money off of songs inspired by Syd.
Live on you crazy diamond.
<3 Syd <3
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jjlax7: I really can't explain why I laughed so hard at your comment. It really shouldn't be so funny... Yet I laugh._.
Greatest song of all time *_*
Oh well, insanity makes for good music, for better or worse.
^.^
Jugband blues ... And I'm wondering who can be writing this song...
One of the best forgotten songwriters of all time. I'm waiting for glhim to rediscovered by my generation. I'm 18, so think it can be done
mbowley75
I dig the Soft Boys & select Robyn Hitchcock tracks but he's practically aping Syd Barrett much of the time in my opinion. Hitchcock's stuff isn't anywhere near as inspired as even the most middling of Syd's stuff in my estimation at least.
he died 7/7/2006 so that explains why he's no longer seen in public...
Syd probably lived as long as he did because he was smart enough to walk away So maybe he wasnt all that crazy ..after all.....in the end...
f**k all you guys they are brillant i wouldnt change a thing about any oe of them they are all creative in their own way
syd is Pink Floyd!
enjoying what life offers is reason to exist, time changes that reality by adding the past
F**k this guy
dirtyfonzie
Sorry...but Floyd really blossomed after they dropped Syd (no pun). Gilmour made that band complete. Then Waters screwed it up...
Roger Waters was the downfall of this awesome band
he's dead, which would explain why he hasn't been out in public lately
jchristian10 4 5
Syd's ghost lives on in the soul of Robyn Hitchcock. Seriously . . . if you like Syd Barret check out Robyn Hitchock (Soft Boys, & the Egyptians) He's put out, like, 30 albums so far. Listen to at least 4 of them before making up your mind. He's brilliant . . . and really twisted. Top notch musician as well.

Peace
Syd Barrett was the inspiration of anything known until today as Pink Floyd. Even after his departure, the band relied on him heavily . Barrett died July 7 2006 in Cambridge England.
I believe this is more accurate than Pandora's Bio but thanks for playing Pink Floyd music.
Syd Barrett is just, so insperationa l . His music was the best. Pink Floyd was so much better with Barrett.
Thank you for picking up the ball and running with it David!
timlinkusa
Thank you for the WRONG comment. Pandora is a good thing but the bio's are not too factual...
Love Syd's music. Dear Pandora, please re-write this bio. It's wrong.
Shine on...
twisted to my liking
If you find Syd's Musical Poetry disturbing, hear it a lot ..Then do not listen. I find it honest ...honest is not PC now tough, I know....Hone s t y on LSD and Barbs, Imagine it!!!
googoogajoob 1 3
it was a blessing2kno w syd personally and may he rest
which1spink9
Thanks, Syd.
sbholl84
Poor Syd. There are very obvious flashes of brilliance in his solo material, but his overriding mental illness is just so incredibly apparent that it makes for difficult listening. "Dark Globe" is one of the most disturbing songs I've ever heard.
harmonr7
I am a huge Floyd fan, Syd fans MUST check out Daniel Johnston!
and to Richard Manuel and Rick Danko....... . . . . . . love to all live well
Who can read this bio and not be profoundly moved...I guess we're all lost souls to some degree Thanks Syd
Shine on...syd and richard wright
while i find his stuff in many ways to be amazing and genius,i also find trying to listen to most of it to be very painful....i t s like he has all of these amazing almosts,but nothing ever seems to work right....whe n i hear his solo stuff,i hear a mix of painful but unsuccessful reaching out(from him),and blatant,crud e exploitation ( f r o m everything else)
Positive genius. He cannot be topped, really, in so many senses.
which1spink9
There really is no better way of saying it, mrlucasperki n s .
i just want to know who the artist was that sang th song wildfire
syd is the man.
sgreyghost12
Syd Barrett is my favourite musician. He was very talented.
You people are dummies .
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