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 #7220  by WSPHead
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:03 am
LONDON Syd Barrett, the troubled genius who co-founded Pink Floyd but spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.

The spokeswoman - who declined to give her name until the band made an official announcement - said Barrett died several days ago. She did not disclose the cause of death. Barrett had suffered from diabetes for many years.

Barrett co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright, and wrote many of the band's early songs. The group's jazz-infused rock made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene, and the 1967 album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" - largely written by Barrett, who also played guitar - was a commercial and critical hit.

However, Barrett suffered from mental instability, exacerbated by his use of LSD. His behavior grew increasingly erratic, and he left the group in 1968, replaced by David Gilmour.

Barrett released two solo albums - "The Madcap Laughs" and "Barrett" - but soon withdrew from the music business altogether.

He spent much of the rest of his life living quietly in his hometown of Cambridge, England, where he was a familiar figure, often seen cycling or walking to the corner store.

Despite his brief career, Barrett's fragile, wistful songs influenced many musicians, from David Bowie - who covered the Barrett track "See Emily Play" - to the other members of Pink Floyd, who recorded the album "Wish You Were Here" as a tribute to their troubled bandmate.

The band spokeswoman said a small, private funeral would be held.

 #7221  by Benthegoodbum
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:43 am
All I can say is the man left his mark...

 #7227  by waldo041
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:38 am
sad story. 3 of rocks greatest albums are written about him. he was Pink Floyd! it's a shame, he didn't have a clue what hit him. i live the same bad dream with a relative of mine. schizophrenia is horrible, when it can't be controlled.

here's the vh1 pink floyd story on youtube. i just happened to watch friday.
be mindful to watch it in order.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search=p ... rch_videos

R.I.P. Syd :cry:

peace,
waldo

 #7231  by strumminsix
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:54 am
Shine on You crazy Diamond

 #7232  by steve
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:50 am
always a shame to hear things like this


gilmour didnt join the band until '68

 #7233  by waldo041
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:08 pm
steve wrote:always a shame to hear things like this


gilmour didnt join the band until '68
from the vh1 interview gilmour state's how embarrased he was to have to lip sync syd's part and usually played with his back to the audience when he first took over his spot.

peace,
waldo

 #7234  by phreaker
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:13 pm
Barret shaped the band. If it werent for him, I don't think I would have ever listened to Floyd. I was always more into the really early stuff more than I was later stuff.

No one can take his place on the bike. They cannot ride it if they like.

 #7237  by Shaggy
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:25 pm
Sad news.

I expected more to be made of this in the media here in England. I'm starting to think that maybe Floyd and Led Zep are both appreciated more in America than in their home countries.

 #7242  by phreaker
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:16 pm
Shaggy wrote:Sad news.

I expected more to be made of this in the media here in England. I'm starting to think that maybe Floyd and Led Zep are both appreciated more in America than in their home countries.
To quote Homer Simpson yelling at the Queen: "OUR BEATLES COULD KICK YOUR ROLLING STONES BUTTS ANY DAY!"

 #7244  by nedcat
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:08 pm
Benthegoodbum wrote:All I can say is the man left his mark...
Ben?,..... you said it all

 #7250  by whitelacestrange
 Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:25 pm
i was shocked when i heard this. though it shouldnt be too surprising, he wasnt a very healthy person.

RIP Syd

 #7262  by hesgone95
 Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:21 am
strumminsix wrote:Shine on You crazy Diamond
HMM...Somehow I never made that connection.

Truly a shame. Interstellar Overdrive from Piper at the Gates of Dawn is one of my fav songs of all time.