Friday, August 24, 2007

07.17.06: Tribute SYD BARRETT (RIP)

On July 7, 2006 Roger Keith ('Syd') Barrett died at the age of 60. Equally inspired by contemporaries John Lennon and Bob Dylan, Barrett was also influenced by the literature of Lewis Carroll and James Joyce.

The first Pink Floyd album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is cited by many a rock fan/critic/snob as being the ultimate statement in British Psychedelic Rock. Syd Barrett's brief yet highly influential career was cut short by the onset of schizophrenia fueled by the pressures of sustaining a rapidly up and coming band and a much documented steady diet of LSD. After two solo albums, Barrett retired from songwriting and eventually moved back to his mother's house where he had spent the last 30 years or so trying to lead a normal, quiet life.

This week on WE'RE GONNA BE TIMELESS, we will pay our respects to Mr. Barrett and those whom he has influenced including: Robyn Hitchcock, Julian Cope, the Television Personalities, the Legendary Pink Dots and Kevin Ayers.

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