View Full Version : Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, dies

Rogue II
07-11-2006, 09:43 AM
Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, dies (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060711/ap_on_en_mu/obit_barrett)

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 confirmed media reports that he had died. She said Barrett died several days ago, but 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 five years before the release of Pink Floyd's most popular album, "Dark Side of the Moon." He was 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.

I never really got into Syd Barrett, but I am a fan of Pink Floyd. There seemed to be a lot of urban myths about him because of his drug use and mental condition. I think the article made a mistake about David Gilmore as a founding memeber. It should be Roger Waters, because later in the article, they say Gilmore replaced Barrett.

RIP, Syd Barrett.

07-11-2006, 10:23 AM
I actually loved his music with Floyd. It was too bad he went insane and lost touch with reality.

RIP Syd.

El Chuxter
07-11-2006, 10:30 AM
Rest in peace. Shine on, you crazy diamond.


Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-11-2006, 02:47 PM

"It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here
And I'm much obliged to you for making it clear
That I'm not here."
- Syd Barrett's "Jugband Blues"

07-12-2006, 02:19 PM
Very news indeed. But I think it's also a blessing. Syd's physical health had been in a downward spiral for years as I understand it. So with the combination of poor physical and mental health I'm not sure much matter of a life he was still living. Rest in peace Syd.

"That cat's something I can't explain"

07-12-2006, 03:03 PM
As much as I really like the more recent works of Floyd, it's hard not to admire most of the stuff they did with Syd, you'll be missed my friend.