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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd is no more

The sad news of the death of Syd Barrett (aged 60) was announced today.
 Hugely influential member and songwriter of the original Pink Floyd line-up in 1965.
He was deposed by the arrival of Dave Gilmour in 1968 when Syd was no longer capable of performing onstage.

Syd was acknowledged as the creative force in Pink Floyd's early hits. 
Sadly, too many hallucinagenic drugs and a fragile psyche proved too much and Syd suffered a mental breakdown.
Dave Gilmour replaced Syd Barret on tour and the plan was for Syd to carry on songwriting and recording for the group.
When that plan failed to work, Syd withdrew from any active role for some years; becoming a recluse for some 20 years.

Syd Barrett was an influential musician and songwriter for a number of bands in the '60's.
His original contribution to R&B and psychedelic music development in the '60's  will surely be remembered.
Syd Barrett 1946 - 2006.  R.I.P.

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"Shine on, you crazy diamond"
A great tribute song from his peers. But wasn't Syd a great lyricist?
Another one bites the acid (lysergic) dust.
Strange how creative/artistic minds were more susceptible to LSD brain damage than those medics/academics who tested it first.
Timothy Leary not included ;)
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