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Syd Barrett

Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett  was born on the 6th January 1946 in Cambridge and was a musician, composer, singer-songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band. Syd and Pink Floyd parted company in March 1968 after David Gilmour took over as their new guitarist. He then went on to pursue a solo career. 

With Pink Floyd, Syd recorded four singles, their debut album 'Pipers at the Gates of Dawn' (and contributed to the second one), and several unreleased songs. Barrett began his solo career in 1969 with the single "Octopus" from his first solo album, The Madcap Laughs (1970). The album was recorded over the course of a year with five different producers (Peter Jenner, Malcolm Jones, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Barrett himself). Nearly two months after Madcap was released, Barrett began working on his second and final album, Barrett (1970), produced by Gilmour and featuring contributions from Richard Wright. Two years later, he left the music industry, retired from public life and strictly guarded his own privacy until his death in 2006. 

Barrett's innovative guitar work and exploration of experimental techniques such as dissonance, distortion and feedback influenced many musicians. His recordings are also noted for their strongly English-accented vocal delivery. After leaving music, Pink Floyd wrote and recorded several tributes to him, most notably the 1975 album Wish You Were Here, which included "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", as homage to Barrett.

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Syd Barret photographed at his flat in Earls Court, 1969.

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Taken by Mick Rock during the album cover shoot for Syd Barrett's debut solo album 'The Madcap Laughs'.

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Taken in Syd Barrett's flat in Earls Court, London during the photo shoot for his debut album 'The Madcap Laughs'

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Syd Barrett 'in decision' captured by Mick Rock in London in 1969 , a year after he left Pink Floyd

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Syd Barrett posing outside his London flat on a Pontiac Parisienne in 1969

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Syd Barrett and 'Iggy the Eskimo' sitting on the pavement outside Syd's flat in Earls Court in 1969

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One of Pink Floyd's earliest photo shoots taken using the lighting they used in their gigs

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Syd Barrett captured on one of Pink Floyd's earliest photoshoots in June 1967

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Pink Floyd at the mixing desk whilst recording their debut album 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' in Abbey Road Studios

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The original Pink Floyd line-up on their ever photo shoot in Ruskin Park, London

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