Syd Barrett


Today in Entertainment History: Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd

On April 6, 1956, Paramount Pictures signed Elvis Presley to a three-movie contract just a few days after his first screen test. In 1959, "Gigi" won the best picture Academy Award. The song of the same name won best original song. In 1968, guitarist Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd. Also...

Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett guitar sells for £20K at Cambridge auction

A guitar once owned by Pink Floyd's founder Syd Barrett has sold at auction for almost £20,000. The 12-string Yamaha acoustic guitar fetched almost double its pre-sale estimate of £5,000 to £10,000 at an auction at Cheffins, in Cambridge. Barrett left Pink Floyd in 1968 and lived in his mother's...

Appeal launched to save pub where Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett and David Gilmour first met

An appeal has been launched to save a historic Cambridge pub where future Pink Floyd bandmates Syd Barrett and David Gilmour are said to have first met. The Flying Pig, formerly known as The Crown, is under threat of being demolished as part of ongoing redevelopment plans filed by Pace Construction Limited. A pub has been on the Hills Road site since the 1840s and Barrett and Gilmour are reputed to have met at the venue in the late 1950s.
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Watch Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett and Roger Waters Take on Snobby TV Host

This week in 1967, Pink Floyd released their landmark debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Other monumental debuts that year include The Doors’ and The Grateful Dead’s eponymous long-players, along with Janis Joplin’s Big Brother & the Holding Company and Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced albums. Politically...

Watch David Gilmour Cover Syd Barrett’s ‘Octopus’ For ‘Von Trapped Family’ Livestream Series

David Gilmour released video of his former Pink Floyd bandmate Syd Barrett’s “Octopus.” The clip is from the 2020 Von Trapped Family livestream series. Gilmour performed Barrett’s “Octopus” during the May 7, 2020 edition of Von Trapped Family. The episode also saw the legendary guitarist discussing his relationship with Syd and also playing Barrett’s “Dominoes.” “Octopus” appears on Syd’s 1970 debut solo album, The Madcap Laughs, which Gilmour co-produced with Roger Waters and others.

Official Syd Barrett lyrics book getting U.S. release in May

Last year saw the release of Barrett: The Definitive Visual Companion, which featured over 350 images -- photographs, artwork, letters and more -- from the late Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett. Now comes a companion to that: The Lyrics of Syd Barrett. The 96-page illustrated book features the lyrics for...

David Gilmour Covers Syd Barrett’s ‘Dominoes’ For ‘Von Trapped Family’ Livestream Series

David Gilmour released his solo acoustic performance of Syd Barrett’s “Dominoes.” The legendary Pink Floyd guitarist delivered the performance on May 7, 2020 during the Von Trapped Family livestream series. “Dominoes” appears on the former Pink Floyd frontman’s 1970 solo album, Barrett, which Gilmour co-produced with Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard...

Crazy Diamond: how LSD ruined Pink Floyd's fragile genius Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett is the lost boy of British pop. A dazzling original who saw and heard differently to everyone else, he went through the looking glass in search of his psychedelic vision, and never came back. Barrett’s story is a tragic saga of glory and madness, part daring adventure, part cautionary tale. By the age of 23, he had changed music forever – and it had destroyed him.