Syd Barrett RIP

Syd Barrett, the former lead singer of Pink Floyd and one of the key figures of the sixties, has died at the Cambridgeshire home to which he retreated as a recluse more than 30 years ago.

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David Bowie has paid tribute to Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett, who has
died, aged 60, from complications arising from diabetes. Barrett was Pink
Floyd’s first ‘creative force’ and an influential songwriter, but his time
with the band was actually short lived – he left in 1968 as his bandmates
became increasingly frustrated with his drug addiction and unpredictable
behaviour. After a short lived solo career, Barrett spent much of the rest
of his life as a recluse, reportedly working on art more than music.

Nevertheless, Barrett’s influence on both music fans and other artists was
significant. Calling Barrett a “major inspiration”, David Bowie yesterday
told reporters: “I can’t tell you how sad I feel. The few times I saw him
perform in London at UFO and the Marquee clubs during the 60s will forever
be etched in my mind. He was so charismatic and such a startlingly original
songwriter. Also, along with Anthony Newley, he was the first guy I’d heard
to sing pop or rock with a British accent. His impact on my thinking was
enormous. A major regret is that I never got to know him. A diamond indeed.”

A spokesman for Pink Floyd confirmed that Barrett had died a couple of days
ago, adding: “The band are naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd
Barrett’s death. Syd was the guiding light of the early band line-up and
leaves a legacy which continues to inspire.”

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