His band mates called him a “Mad Genius”. If Syd Barrett were still with us, he…
Written by megarock on January 6, 2018
His band mates called him a “Mad Genius”.
If Syd Barrett were still with us, he would have turned 72 years old today. Syd was a founding member, guitarist and songwriter for Pink Floyd.
When Syd began to experience mental health problems, the others in the band wanted to keep him writing and recording, but as a non touring member, much like Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. But it didn’t work out that way. One day they were driving to a gig and just decided not to pick Syd up.
Syd did some solo work but eventually became a recluse.
Syd died on July 7, 2006. He was 60 years old.
Happy Birthday Syd. You will shine on forever you crazy diamond.