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- “Syd wanted to be a pop-star but he wanted to do it his way"http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p00s7dxr.jpg2012-05-09T10:02:00ZFriends and Pink Floyd bandmates remember the early musical career of Syd Barrett.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/12327d75-47d5-45d9-84c2-3760b9210c17?clipfocus=p00s7dylSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 2 mins
“Syd wanted to be a pop-star but he wanted to do it his way"
- Blur's Graham Coxon on Syd Barretthttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02c83kt.jpg2011-03-17T00:00:00ZAs a new exhibition of syd barrett's artwork opens, John Wilson talks to Blur guitarist Graham Coxon about the former Pink Floyd frontman.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/12327d75-47d5-45d9-84c2-3760b9210c17?clipfocus=p00fqn2gSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 2 mins
Blur's Graham Coxon on Syd Barrett
- Extended interview with Rob Chapman about Syd Barretthttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02byws0.jpg2010-10-13T13:29:52ZAn extended version of Vic Galloway's interview with Rob Chapman about Syd Barrett.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/12327d75-47d5-45d9-84c2-3760b9210c17?clipfocus=p00blb6mSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 24 mins
Extended interview with Rob Chapman about Syd Barrett
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Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band. Barrett left Pink Floyd in April 1968 and was briefly hospitalized amid speculation of mental illness exacerbated by lifelong traumatization.
Barrett was musically active for less than ten years. With Pink Floyd, he recorded four singles, their debut album (and contributed to the second one), and several unreleased songs. Barrett began his solo career in 1969 with the single "Octopus" from his first solo album, The Madcap Laughs (1970). The album was recorded over the course of a year with five different producers (Peter Jenner, Malcolm Jones, David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Barrett himself). Nearly two months after Madcap was released, Barrett began working on his second and final album, Barrett (1970), produced by Gilmour and featuring contributions from Richard Wright. He went into self-imposed seclusion until his death in 2006. In 1988, an album of unreleased tracks and outtakes, Opel, was released by EMI with Barrett's approval.