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Written by Matt   
Saturday, 07 January 2006
Friday, 6th January, marked the 60th birthday of Pink Floyd founding member Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett, and it was nice to see the tributes paid to him on this special occasion.

Syd Barrett
Barrett feature in The Independent
With the rather distasteful antics of the UK's Daily Mirror, printing two pictures of him about his daily chores on Friday, it was a pleasure to read the tribute to him on David Gilmour's blog, and the exhaustive coverage that the UK's Independent newspaper printed yesterday (and shown to the right).

Under the headline "Syd Barrett - The Swinging 60", the article sought the opinions of many of his friends and peers - included were former Floyd managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King, former flatmate Duggie Fields, Jeff Dexter - DJ at UFO, record producer John Leckie, Soft Machine guitarist Daevid Allen, photographer Mick Rock, and David Gilmour.

In David's contribution to the piece, he mentions that Syd "was a truly magnetic personality. When he was very young, he was a figure in his home town. People would look at him in the street and say, "There's Syd Barrett," and he would be only 14 years old."

David talks of Syd's breakdown, and the potential that some of his songs had, if only they'd found a way of recording them.

"They could have really been fantastic. But trying to find a technique of working with Syd was so difficult. You had to pre-record tracks without him, working from one version of the song he had done, and then sit Syd down afterwards and try to get him to play and sing along. Or you could get him to do a performance of it on his own and then try to dub everything else on top. The concept of him performing with another bunch of musicians was clearly impossible because he'd change the song every time. He'd never do a song the same twice, I think quite deliberately."

The full set of interviews can be read through this link.


 
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