His band mates called him a “Mad Genius”. If Syd Barrett were still with us, he…

Written by 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.




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