Syd Barett dies at the age of 60

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Syd Barett dies at the age of 60

Postby Vicsun » Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:02 am

Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts news | Syd Barrett dies aged 60

Syd Barrett, the former lead singer of Pink Floyd and one of the key figures of the 60s, has died at the Cambridgeshire home to which he retreated as a recluse more than 30 years ago.

The Guardian has learned that the singer, 60, who suffered from a psychedelic-drug induced breakdown while at the peak of his career, died last Friday from cancer.

His brother Alan confirmed his death, saying only: "He died peacefully at home. There will be a private family funeral in the next few days."

Born Roger Keith Barrett in Cambridge in 1946, he acquired the nickname Syd aged 15. He left Pink Floyd in 1968, just as the band was about to achieve worldwide recognition, and lived in the basement of his mother Winfred's semi-detached house, where he boarded up the windows to keep out the eyes of both the press and fans. He recorded two solo albums.

Pink Floyd's Shine on You Crazy Diamond, from the 1975 album Wish You Were Here, was said by many to be a salute to him. Barrett's use of drugs, particularly LSD, in the 60s, was well-documented and he was often described as the original acid casualty.

A statement issued on behalf of Pink Floyd said: "The band are naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett's death. Syd was the guiding light of the early band line-up and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire."

Dave Gilmour, the Pink Floyd guitarist drafted in to the band during a period in which Barrett was behaving erratically, said in an interview earlier this year that he thought that Barrett's breakdown would have happened anyway.

He said: "It was a deep-rooted thing. But I'll say the psychedelic experience might well have acted as a catalyst. Still, I just don't think he could deal with the vision of success and all the things that went with it."

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Postby TonyMontana1638 » Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:43 pm

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found? The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

Rest In Peace Syd
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"Be furious you're going to die."
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Postby Oscuro_Sol » Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:49 pm

Rest in peace, we'll never forget you. The best are NEVER forgotten.

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Postby Darth Zenemij » Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:04 pm

I remember hearing this on the radio last week. May he rest in peace.
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Postby Athena » Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:07 pm

Hay stranger, havn't seen you in a dog's age!
Syd Barett has gone to a better place.

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Postby Mr_Snow » Wed Jul 19, 2006 6:37 pm

We"ll miss you :(

Shine on you crazy diamond...
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Postby Osiris » Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:56 am

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking....

Vale, Syd.

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Postby Lestat » Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:00 pm

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The church is near but the road is icy; the bar is far away but I'll walk carefully.
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Postby Lasher » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:40 pm

whenever i hear see emily play i think of syd... rip bud
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