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."There's no good trying to place your hand / where I can't see because I understand / that you are different from me." Boomers and stoners should agree, Roger Waters is a fucking asshole.
11 July 2006
Syd Barrett + R.I.P.
File under: "I hope I die before I get old". Syd Barrett, misunderstood genius, fighter of evil and piper at the gates is confirmed dead.