Syd Barrett expert Bernard White passes on
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 17 April 2004

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Bernard White, Syd expert, legend on the Pink Floyd scene, and friend of Brain Damage.

Bernard was a lovely chap, with extensive knowledge and archives on Syd Barrett. His collection quickly entered legendary status, as he was able to obtain some truly rare items - Syd's paintings, rare pictures of the former Pink Floyd frontman (including pictures of Syd at the Wish You Were Here sessions at Abbey Road), and rare recordings. Bernard also started the Terrapin fanzines back in the 1970s, which of course focused on Syd's career and what news there was at the time.

Our conversations with him last year, following the release of the film "Remember A Day" on DVD (see our review of the film) showed him to be a knowledgeable, friendly, and most of all, down-to-earth chap. Bernard wrote the original story and screenplay of "Remember A Day", and was executive producer. More than that, Pink Floyd's Richard Wright provided him with an instrumental version of the title track, which to this day is unavailable elsewhere!

Bernard was survived by his wife, who sadly he had only married six months ago, and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Our thoughts are with all of those close to Berni.