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  Syd Barrett - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Barrett was born in Cambridge, England, to a well-off middle-class family.
Barrett wrote most of the Floyd's early material, and was the principal visionary/author of their critically acclaimed 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
Barrett supposedly spent some time outside the recording studio, waiting to be invited in (he also showed up to a few gigs and glared at Gilmour), it's possible that his contributions to the album were included as a concession to him.
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 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Syd Barrett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Roger Keith Barrett (born January 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England), known as Syd Barrett, was one of the founding members of the psychedelic (later progressive rock) group Pink Floyd.
Barrett wrote most of the Floyd's early material; he was also an innovative guitarist, being one of the first to fully explore the sonic possibilities of distortion and especially the recently-developed echo machine.
Barrett's decline was to have a profound effect on Waters' songwriting, and the theme of mental illness and the shadow of Barrett's disintegration permeated Pink Floyd's later albums, particularly Wish You Were Here, and The Wall.
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The career of Syd Barrett is the story of one of rock's great failures- even among the esteemed company of Brian Jones, Arthur Lee, Ian Curtis and Kurt Cobain, Syd's plummet from Pink Floyd's creative force to a haunted recluse is uniquely tragic.
Hopes of Syd becoming a studio-only member of the band, like the Beach Boys' sun-damaged genius Brian Wilson, were soon dashed, and Syd broke with Pink Floyd prior to the release of their second album in 1968, "A Saucerful of Secrets".
Syd spent the next year or so holed up in his London apartment, until when in March of 1969 he contacted his former label and asked for recording studio time.
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 Pitchfork Feature: Appreciation: Syd Barrett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Barrett was a founding member of Pink Floyd, who in their early randb days went under an assortment of names such as Sigma 6, the Tea Set, and the Screaming Abdabs, until he rechristened them after blues musician Floyd Council and medicine show singer Pink Anderson in 1965.
Barrett’s double-tracked vocals are engaged and lucid, even as he sings, “Oh baby, my hair’s on end about you.” The recording accents the sound of his pick hitting the strings of his acoustic guitar more so than the chords he’s playing, and its understated electric guitar wraps around him like a blanket.
Barrett sings forcefully, and the band leaves the song hanging after the final refrain, ending on a completely unresolved note when they could have easily opted for a recapitulation to the song’s descending riff and a fade-out.
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 Syd Barrett - Biography - AOL Music
Like a supernova, Roger "Syd" Barrett burned briefly and brightly, leaving an indelible mark upon psychedelic and progressive rock as the founder and original singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist of Pink Floyd.
Barrett was responsible for most of their brilliant first album, 1967's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, but left and/or was fired from the band in early 1968 after his erratic behavior had made him too difficult to deal with (he appears on a couple tracks on their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets).
The Barrett cult became large enough to warrant the release of an entire album of previously unreleased material and outtakes, Opel, in the late '80s, as well as his sessions for the BBC.
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 Syd Barrett (album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Syd Barrett, Peter Jenner, Malcolm Jones, Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Richard Wright
Syd Barrett is a 1974 double-album pairing of Syd Barrett's two solo albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, both originally released in 1970.
Once that was a success, primarily in the U.S. where both albums had initially flopped, Syd Barrett was compiled to meet demand.
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Roger Keith Barrett (born January 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England), known as Syd, was one of the founding members of the 1960s psychedelic rock group Pink Floyd.
He was originally the lead singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter but since he remained a member for only a short period, he is remembered primarily for his contributions to the band's first album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), and the hit singles "See Emily Play" and "Arnold Layne", plus two solo albums.
Syd increasingly withdrew from the world of music, releasing a couple of idiosyncratic solo albums The Madcap Laughs (1970) and Barrett (1970) en route.
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 TrouserPress.com :: Syd Barrett
Barrett has influenced many bands and remains an enduring rock icon for the chronically dislocated.
Tormented but unquestionably brilliant, Barrett left a musical legacy which is wholly contained on Floyd's first LP (plus some singles), his two solo albums, the Peel platter and an album's worth of outtakes entitled Opel.
Still, the songs (e.g., "Terrapin," "Octopus") are wonderful, and Syd's delicate but clumsy singing lends charm to the effort, which alternates between one-man performances and subtly played group efforts (several of which were actually solo takes overdubbed by Hugh Hopper, Mike Ratledge and Robert Wyatt of the Soft Machine).
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 Syd Barrett
Roger Keith Barrett was born in the university town of Cambridge at the start of 1946, the fifth and youngest child of pathologist Arthur Barrett and his wife Winifred.
At this time Syd found himself in the role of lead vocalist, lead guitarist and primary songwriter, and for the next several years he served as the focal point for the band's activities.
Work on Barrett's second solo effort was initiated at the end of February, a few days after recording a Top Gear radio session showcasing some of his new material; this time Gilmour and Wright assumed production duties, as well as serving as his backing band along with Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley.
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 Syd Barrett
Of the 11 songs on Piper, Barrett wrote eight and co-wrote another two.[1] He was also an innovative guitarist, exploring the musical and sonic possibilities of dissonance, distortion, feedback, and the echo machine; his experimentation was partly inspired by free improvisation guitarist Keith Rowe.
Roger (Syd) Barrett in 2002According to a 2005 profile by his biographer Tim Willis, Barrett, who had reverted to using his original name of Roger, continued to live in his late mother's semi-detached home in Cambridge, and had returned to his original art-form of painting, creating large abstract canvases.
Barrett was a remarkable guitarist for his free-form style in playing chords (and also for the use of echo, tapes and other effects): his rhythm guitar, as well as his often minimalist and dissonant solos, are seen even today as a major influence on punk, post-punk, and similar scenes.
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 Syd Barrett - Pink Floyd - Personnel - PinkFloydNut.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Barrett wrote most of the Floyd's early material; he was also an innovative guitarist, exploring the sonic possibilities of distortion and especially the echo machine.
Barrett's decline was to have a profound effect on Waters' songwriting, and the theme of mental illness and the shadow of Barrett's disintegration permeated Pink Floyd's later albums, particularly The Wall and 1975's Wish You Were Here, which was a tribute to Barrett.
Although Barrett has not appeared or spoken in public since the mid-1970s, time (not to mention the media's fascination with his story) has done little to diminish interest in his life and work; reporters and fans still travel to Cambridge to seek him out, despite his attempts to live a quiet life.
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 Syd Barrett
Barrett's rhythms were usually unpredictable; one never knew what process in Syd's brain dictated when to speed up or slow down the pace, when to sweeten or sour the sound, and when to wrench the tempo totally out of joint, shifting gears to turn rhythms inside-out.
Syd's home in Cambridge, where his mother ran a boarding house, was the local social hang-out for the Cambridge students and drop-outs who later moved to London to form their own artistic enclave; until just a few years ago Barrett was still oscillating between his flat in London and his mother's in Cambridge.
Barrett's one public appearance during the LP sessions was a brief set during a 3-day festival at the Olympia in London.
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 Amazon.com: Opel: Music: Syd Barrett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Syd makes a complete left-turn on the instrumental piece "Lanky (Part 1)." Rather than use an acoustic guitar and a simple strum like he tends to do sometimes, here he picks up his electric again and actually attempts to play it in a lead guitar jam fashion not heard since the Pink Floyd days.
Syd Barrett's rarities album Opel was released in October of 1988(although it was not until September of 1993 when I first heard this album).
Barrett pours out his soul and it makes you want to cry for him, for yourself for the whole bloody doomed race of man. He remains one of the most original singer-songwriter, artist, musician, mystery, tragedy whatever you want to call him and he's always a consideration in my mind.
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 Syd Barrett - Rock 'N Roll Case Study
It was a serious blow to Syd, and close friends later stated that this one of the factors affecting his mental well-being, not just all the acid trips he would later indulge in during the Floyd’s early days.
Syd became the focal point of the group, and he was struggling to keep everything under control.
Syd’s old friend Dave Gilmour was brought in as a fifth member and to back up Syd on gigs that he could not cut it for whatever reasons (mostly drugs like Mandrax).
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 Joyce - Music: Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair"
A genuine rock legend, Syd Barrett is one of the founding members of the English group Pink Floyd.
Known in the sixties for his psychedelic lyrics, whimsical poetry, and rambling, buzzing guitar excursions, Barrett became something of an underground cult figure.
Here is the Syd Barrett card over at the Ultimate Band List.
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 Syd Barrett FAQ v.1.2.1
The Syd Barrett FAQ was compiled, edited, verified, and is maintained by Corey Cunningham.
Syd claimed to have fallen asleep in the wood and woken up to see a girl, that girl was Emily.
Syd wrote a book entitled "The History or Art" which is said to have been finished.
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 Genesis Publications: Books: Syd Barrett
For Syd Barrett continues to intrigue past and present generations alike and has been the subject of a tremendous rock mythology ever since his withdrawal from the music world in the early Seventies.
In his perceptive text he describes life in the Earl's Court apartment which he shared with Syd and where the Madcap shots were taken in Syd's famous bedroom with the striped floorboards.
This wonderful 160-page limited edition book represents the Syd Barrett photo archive of Mick Rock in its entirety of approximately 120 monochrome and colour images; the majority of which are previously unpublished.
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 Amazon.com: Barrett: Music: Syd Barrett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Barrett is the second solo album, joining The Madcap Laughs as a solid representation of Barrett's innate tunefulness and bizarre, surrealist imagery.
It would be too much to compare Barrett to Rimbaud, but there is a parallel sense of disorientation, dislocation and perceiving the everday as suddenly strange and saturated with new and concealed meaning.
"Barrett" was Syd Barrett's second solo studio album, and the results of his last truly fruitful studio sessions of 1970, and features some playing from Pink Floyd bandmates David Gilmour and Richard Wright.
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 Schizophrenia.com - Syd Barrett
For the past five years Barrett has generally been written off as an acid casualty, but more often lamented as a musical visionary whose interior landscape became too disorienting for him to handle.
Barrett was a unique talent and an erratic mind on the edge of a different type of existence - as well as a man who indelibly affected those who came into contact with him.
Barrett's musical ideas were metamorphosing, too; as he became more withdrawn personally, his songs tended to deal only with internal reality and became more obscure.
www.schizophrenia.com /stories/sbarrett.htm   (5109 words)

 Syd Barrett Discography at CD Universe
Syd Barrett, the brilliant psychedelic musician and driving creative force behind Pink Floyd's first album, dropped out of the music scene in the early 1970s, a victim of the acid age and his own sensitive psyche.
If THE MADCAP LAUGHS showed Syd Barrett's paring down his songs into their basic components to reveal their inner workings...
He was one of the true pioneers of psychedelia, his being a particularly British blend of whimsy, hallucinogenic drugs, and freak-friendly, extraterrestrial pop-rock.
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 No Life 'til Metal - CD Gallery - Sid Barrett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Roger "Syd" Barrett was the founder and original singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist of Pink Floyd.
Barrett was responsible for most of their 1967's "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn." He was fired from the band in early 1968 after his bizarre and erratic behavior made him too difficult to work with, although some of his work did appear on the second Floyd album.
Bears some similarities to the songs found on "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" era Pink Floyd but to be quite honest, Syd is just weird.
www.nolifetilmetal.com /sydbarrett.htm   (177 words)

 Syd Barrett | TutorGig.co.uk Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
There are many stories about Barrett's bizarre and intermittedly psychotic behaviour, some of these tales undoubtedly apocryphal, although some are known to be true.
It has also frequently been claimed that his overly-exaggerated experience with drugs may not have been entirely of his own making, and that he was given LSD without his knowledge by so-called friends.
He reportedly told her that he enjoyed seeing his "teacher," architect and landlord, Mike Leonard, but found the film "a little noisy." Fans around the world retain a fierce and devout love for Barrett; his gentility, elegance and humanity inspire millions.
www.tutorgig.co.uk /ed/Syd_Barrett   (1608 words)

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