Syd Barrett

Real Name:
Roger Keith Barrett
Profile:
British guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and painter.

Born: 6 January 1946 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK.
Died: 7 July 2006 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK (aged 60).

A key figure in the development of London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and—despite his rather brief period of activity—a continuing influence on popular (and unpopular) music onward into the 21st century. Unfortunately, soon after achieving success with Pink Floyd, he began to suffer from mental problems, possibly complicated by drug use, from which he never fully recovered.

Having become increasingly unpredictable in person and unreliable as a performer, he was pushed out of the band in 1968. He continued with a brief solo career, releasing eclectic albums The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, before leaving the music industry and spending the rest of his life living in relative seclusion.

In 1972 he was in the brief super-group "Stars" that played a small number of live concerts in Cambridge in February 1972. Its members were Syd Barrett on guitar, Twink on drums, and Jack Monck on bass .

Barrett had an infamous "reunion" with Pink Floyd in 1975, when he showed up at the mixing session for Shine On You Crazy Diamond, ironically a song written in tribute to him. His appearance—overweight and shaven-haired—shocked and saddened his former bandmates.

Barrett died in 2006, following complications with diabetes.
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Albums

SHVL 765, 1E 062 ○ 04261 The Madcap Laughs — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs (Album) Harvest SHVL 765, 1E 062 ○ 04261 UK 1970 Sell This Version
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SHSP 4007, 1E 062 ○ 04592 Barrett — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Barrett (Album, Comp) Harvest, Harvest SHSP 4007, 1E 062 ○ 04592 UK 1970 Sell This Version
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64 7912061 Opel — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Opel (Album) Harvest 64 7912061 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

HAR 5009 Octopus / Golden Hair — Syd Barrett Syd Barratt* Octopus / Golden Hair (Single) Harvest HAR 5009 UK 1969 Sell This Version
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SCONC 006 Where Is The Madcap Called Syd... — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett / /*, Peter Sellers & The Hollywood Party* Syd Barrett / /*, Peter Sellers & The Hollywood Party* - Where Is The Madcap Called Syd... (EP) Stampa Alternativa SCONC 006 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
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SPRO-79606 Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe) — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Wouldn't You Miss Me (Dark Globe)(12", Promo) Capitol Records SPRO-79606 US 1988 Sell This Version
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NR 7243 8 58186 7 Crazy Diamond — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Crazy Diamond(7", EP, Ltd, Pin) Capitol Records NR 7243 8 58186 7 US 1993 Sell This Version
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SONIC 002, SB2 A Fish Out Of Water — Syd Barrett Luca Ferrari (3), Annie Marie Roulin Write Upon Syd Barrett Luca Ferrari (3), Annie Marie Roulin Write Upon Syd Barrett - A Fish Out Of Water (Single) Sonic Book, Sonic Book SONIC 002, SB2 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
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7-547637 (K1), R7-547637 Dark Globe — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett / R.E.M. Syd Barrett / R.E.M. - Dark Globe(7", Single, Ltd, Pur) Parlophone, Warner Bros. Records, Parlophone, Warner Bros. Records 7-547637 (K1), R7-547637 UK, Europe & US 2015 Sell This Version
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FC17 BBC Panorama Interviews — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett, Christopher Mayhew Syd Barrett, Christopher Mayhew - BBC Panorama Interviews(Lathe, 7", Ltd) Feral Child Records FC17 UK 2022 Sell This Version
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Compilations

SABB-11314 The Madcap Laughs / Barrett — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs / Barrett (Comp, Album) Harvest, Harvest SABB-11314 US 1974 Sell This Version
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CLEO 57712, S21-57738 Octopus (The Best Of) — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Octopus (The Best Of) (Comp) Cleopatra, CEMA Special Markets CLEO 57712, S21-57738 US 1992 Sell This Version
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SYD BOX 1, SYDBOX 1, 0777 7 81412 2 8 Crazy Diamond — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Crazy Diamond (Album, Comp) Harvest, Harvest, Harvest SYD BOX 1, SYDBOX 1, 0777 7 81412 2 8 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
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TOCP-65765 The Best Of Syd Barrett - Wouldn't You Miss Me? — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett The Best Of Syd Barrett - Wouldn't You Miss Me? (Comp) Harvest, Harvest TOCP-65765 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
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50999 9 07736 2 4, 509999 07736 24 An Introduction To Syd Barrett — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett An Introduction To Syd Barrett (Comp, Album) Harvest 50999 9 07736 2 4, 509999 07736 24 US 2010 Sell This Version
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Videos

DAVID0103 The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story — Syd Barrett Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett - The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story Direct Video Distribution, Video/Film Express DAVID0103 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

Д60 4522 Terrapin — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Terrapin(Flexi, 5½", S/Sided, Tra) буд кон Д60 4522 Russia 1980 Sell This Version
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Д60 4888 Late Night — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Late Night(Flexi, 5½", S/Sided, Tra) буд кон Д60 4888 Russia 1980 Sell This Version
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Д60 6497 Vegetable Man — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd - Vegetable Man(Flexi, 5½", S/Sided, Tra) буд кон Д60 6497 USSR 1980 Sell This Version
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Д60 7642 Scream The Last Scream — Syd Barrett Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett - Scream The Last Scream(Flexi, 5½", S/Sided, Tra) буд кон Д60 7642 Russia 1980 Sell This Version
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SFPS043 The Peel Sessions — Syd Barrett Syd Barrett The Peel Sessions (MiniAlbum, EP, Album) Strange Fruit SFPS043 UK 1988 Sell This Version

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jackfrancis86

jackfrancis86

August 1, 2020
Birdie hop, he do,
He hop along
A lonely bird upon
A window there, he, he
There he blow
A windy snow, he knew the snow
I know the snow, a hoppy bird
cooked71

cooked71

September 27, 2016
Here's hoping that we get a 2017-18 box that compiles all of Syd's unreleased material, in the vein of the recent Floyd box. There's so much of his stuff out there ready for release, unlike his former band.

I'd buy it.
colinmichaellobo

colinmichaellobo

September 15, 2016
Syd is pink. and no one else. but Syd Barrett
silks

silks

December 1, 2007
Everyone knows who Syd Barrett (Roger Keith Barrett). Without Syd there would have been no Pink Floyd. Syd Barrett lead the band during their beginning years, writing most of their music and lyrics, playing lead guitar and singing lead vocals. In March of 1967 Syd's association with the Pink Floyd band that he created ended.

Syd went on to record two solo albums, 'The Madcap Laughs' and 'Barrett'. Syd later performed with the group Stars, a band located in the Cambridge England area, but left them after 3 gigs, hence virtually vanishing from the public till his death July 7, 2006.

Some of Syd's music has a whimsical childlike feel, almost stories, then it hits you, the play with words, various meanings to a line, mysteryous lyrics spiraling thru your mind whilst his guitar sings surreal notes, using very unique special effects, the outcome, trance like riffs would quickly errupt into intense, slightly off kilter strumming, obscure chanting vocals, tense verses with explosive choruses. Syd is thought to be musical virtuoso. Syd's style was described by critics in several ways, 'clumsy and anarchic', 'adventurous and distinctive', 'idiosyncratic', 'revolutionary', also 'brilliant' and 'painful' but do not be fooled by some of the negativity. Syd uses every concievable style of guitar mastering one can imagine, quite frankly he knew his instrument intimatly and pushed it to the limit.

Syd is considered the originater of psychedelic music in the 60's. Psychedelia is the term used to describe his hauntingly captivating sound.

Syd's obvious influence on Pink Floyd can still be felt long after he was gone from the group. Continueing without Syd Barrett was difficult, since the public as well as music industry thought Syd was the band.

Syd Barrett did not get his fair share of the recognition that should be bestowed upon him, for without Syd Barretts influence and genious, Pink Floyd would not exist today. Syd's time with Pink Floyd still hails as some of rock and rolls most
sensational, and expressive, playing recorded by a guitarist.
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baroema

baroema

December 19, 2006
edited over 16 years ago
Despite his early passing away, and having been a ghost for the last thirty years, he will rest an icon for psychedelic music and indeed one of the founder of that kind of rock.

The first album with Pink Floyd, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" when came out in 1967 was something never heard before and nowadays it's still an amazing masterpiece.

Rest In Peace, Crazy Diamond.

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