Pink Floyd RSS News Feed


We have 12 guests online
Visitors: 95641146
Pink Floyd The Black Strat book by Phil Taylor
Nick Mason Inside Out signed copy
Brain Damage and A Fleeting Glimpse
Home arrow Older News Archive arrow Syd Barrett feature in UK's Word Magazine
Syd Barrett feature in UK's Word Magazine Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 09 August 2006
The UK's well respected magazine "The Word" includes an intriguing tribute to Syd Barrett in the September issue of the magazine, out this week.

Word Magazine, September 2006
Word Magazine, September 2006
Word Magazine, September 2006
Word Magazine, September 2006
Author Toby Manning (responsible for a forthcoming book about Pink Floyd - more on that shortly) interviews Joe Boyd, Andrew King and Peter Jenner about the early days of the band, and the rapidly worsening condition of Barrett, leading to his withdrawl from the world of show business, and the subsequent years of living in his mother's house in Cambridge.

In a well-written piece, Manning (with the help of Boyd, King and Jenner) takes a look at the delicate balancing act of the time - being protective towards Syd, yet encouraging the typical 60s idea of "personal freedom".

The influences and pressures on Syd and the rest of the band are drawn into sharp relief. King talks of the disastrous US tour in the autumn of 1967, which lead straight onto the Jimi Hendrix tour, playing two shows a day:

"Going from that American tour, to the Hendrix package, what the fuck? I'm surprised they didn't all go nuts. If Syd had got a machine gun and shot the lot of us, we'd probably have deserved it." He continues: "Everything was rolling out of everyone's control."

King, Boyd and Jenner all express their sadness at his passing, and of how they grew to know Syd less and less. "It's typical that there's no official line as to how he died," says Jenner. "Syd remains a mystery man. I'm still receiving and passing on rumours." Manning notes that Barrett's old friends couldn't even find out where the funeral was. "I've been doing this funny sort of grieving in a vacuum", said King, "for someone who really has become an imaginary person..."

The magazine is available internationally in selected stores, as an import, or can be ordered directly by mail order, from Other features in the publication include an indepth look at the music of the early eighties. Some very amusing fashions and haircuts in evidence, along with some healthy doses of hindsight from those interviewed about those days. There are also interviews with Bruce Springsteen and Evan Dando.

< Prev   Next >
Brain Damage on Facebook Follow Brain Damage on Twitter Brain Damage's YouTube channel
Pink Floyd Calendar
Pink Floyd on iTunes
HeYou Floyd Fanzine - order details - the Pink Floyd, Nick Mason, David Gilmour
and Roger Waters news & info site
All content except where noted otherwise is © Brain Damage/Matt Johns 1999-2024.
Please see 'About Brain Damage' page for legal details and the small print!
Website generously designed and built by 3B Web Design