Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The original singer/songwriter of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, died on Friday, July 7. Famous for his child-like, acid-soaked lyrics about bicycles and space travel, Barrett suffered a breakdown due to excessive LSD use after recording two albums with Pink Floyd,
Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) and A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). At the height of his mental instability Barrett had been known to detune his guitar, strum the same chord repeatedly and stare into the lights during concerts.

He went on to record two solo albums,
The Madcap Laughs (1970) and Barrett (1970). Later, Barrett would become a hero to many underground rock preservationists, revivalists and historians, as well as an influence to such artists as Robyn Hitchcock, Blur and The Flaming Lips. Syd Barrett was 60.

Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett - "Arnold Lane"

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