Happy birthday Syd Barrett! Today is the genious behind Pink Floyds birthday! Unfortunaly he passed away in 2006, but that's not a reason not to celebrate the man who created the grounds for what would be one of the greatest bands of all time! If he'd still been with us, he would turn 66 today, so he was quite young.
Syd Barrett is his nickname, but he was born Roger Keith Barrett, and he was born in Cambridge. (I'm really going to visit Cambride once in my life)!
Syd Barrett was the one to come up with the band name Pink Floyd bu using the first names of two blues singers (Pink Anderson & Floyd Council). And then the wonderful time of Pink Floyd started! But unfortunaly that would just last a couple of years for Syd. The band started in 64/65 and Syd had to leave the group in 68 he was out. The reason why he couldn't stay in the band was because of the heavy use of the drug LSD. After a while he could stand on a live show and not play at all and he didn't show up to all their gigs. When they oficially made him leave the group was once they was on a way to a gig and someonne asked if they should pick him up. One person answered with "Let's not bother", and that was it.
After he left the band, he started on some solo projects and made two albums: "the madcap laughs" and "Barrett". He tried for a gig, but it didn't work out, and other then that was redio recording. A few years later, in 78, he ran out of money and returned to Cambridge to live with his mother. In 82 he tried to live in London again, but returned fast to Cambridge, and there would he stay for the rest of his life.
Age 29 when he was visiting Pink Floyd while recording "Wish you were here"
He took distance from the whole past of being a musician and Pink Floyd. But people were following him on the streets just to get a photo or film of him, when he tried to live a quiet life. Syd was sick. His health were no good and he had type 2 diabetes and suffered of some stomach ulcers. Even though he was 'over' his past, he did look at a documentary about him and the band in 2001. One of the thing he enjoyed was to hear "See Emily play" again.
Syd is the one with "Arnold Lane"s head in his hand
Roger Keith Barrett died in his home in Cambridge, july 7 2006, aged 60. He had suffered from diabetes for so many years but the cause of death was pancreatc cancer. He was cremated. (I get all sad..)
Shine on Syd Barrett! We all wish you were here
"Scream thy last scream" by Syd Barrett