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Former guitar player/singer/songwriter and original member of Pink Floyd. Barrett is a paranoid schitzophrenic who took a very large amount of LSD in the 60's, which worsened his condition considerably.

Is still crazy after all these years
1. Syd Barrett is a mentaller, but he wrote some great music!
2. Its sad what happened to Syd Barrett
3. Syd Barrett was replaced by David Gilmour
by Nigel Tufnel December 01, 2004
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(Roger Keith Barrett) The former front man of the psychadelic force known as Pink Floyd. In his late teens and early twenties he was exposed to fame, hard drugs and a difficult lifestyle. His genious emanates from his songs done with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist. Syd created music that was so abstract and transcendent that it is often misunderstood for a bunch of drug generated bullshit. If you feel the same way, then i feel bad for you... because you're a complete shithead.
"You feel me
away far too empty, oh so alone
I want to go home"
by mooth March 10, 2005
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Syd Barrett was the original singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the group. Yep, I think everyone else pretty much hit the nail on the head, except for a few points.

Many artists have acknowledged Barrett's influence on their work. Paul McCartney and Pete Townshend were early fans; Jimmy Page, David Bowie, Brian Eno, and The Damned all expressed interest in working with him at some point during the 1970s. In fact, Bowie recorded a cover of "See Emily Play" on his 1973 album Pin Ups. On a VH1 program, honoring rock bands and artists, Pete Townshend gave a speech honoring Syd Barrett, and telling a story where he told Eric Clapton that he had to come see this guy play, who was Barrett. Townshend called Barrett legendary. Barrett as a guitarist was remarkable for his free-form style in playing chords (and also for the use of echo, tapes and other effects): his rhythm guitar, as well as his often minimalist and dissonant solos, are seen even today as a major influence on punk, post-punk, and similar scenes.

Syd died on July 7th, 2006 due to "complications arising from his diabetes." It has been said that the family specifically did not want the remaining members of Pink Floyd to attend the funeral.
Syd Barrett was a very unique and influential musician. Shine on you crazy diamond . . . you will be missed . . . :]
by lozkillerpenguin July 14, 2006
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Syd Barrett was the original guitarist, vocalist, and composer for the great band, Pink Floyd. He was in college majoring in Art when he met an architech student, Roger Waters. The two formed a band along with Nick mason and Rick Wright. They went through several name changes, and Barrett finally settled on The Pink Floyd, amed after his favorite blues artists Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. The 'the' was later dropped from their name.

Barrett composed several of the band's early hits, including 'See Emily Play' and 'Arnold Layne'. He also wrote almost all the songs on their first album 'Pipers at the Gates of Dawn' (named after a chapter in the Wind and the Willows, one of Barrett's favorite books).

All through this period Barrett experimented with drugs, mainly LSD. At somepoints he would even lace his morning coffee with LSD. This problem eventually led to Barrett's downfall. While Pink Floyd were acheiving small amounts of fame, Barrett was becoming harder and harder to work with. At some of their concerts, he would refuse to play more than one chord and at others wouldn't play at all. An old friend of Syd's was brought in to replace him, David Gilmour. In highschool Gilmour had taught Syd how to play guitar, one of the reasons their playing styles were rather similar.

Though they had Barrett still writting songs in the background, even that became to frustrating. His songs started growing darker and darker until, eventually, Pink Floyd were forced to kick him out of the band.

That occured in 1968, around the release of their second album 'A Saucerful of Secrets'. Barrett contributed one song to the album, 'Jugband Blues', though there were a few others written and recorded that never made the final cut. The main examples would be 'Vegetable Man' and 'Scream thy last Scream' both of which Roger Waters still refuses to have released today.

Pink Floyd then went into what is known as their rather quiet phase, the period between 'Pipers' and 'Darkside of the Moon'. With the help of David Gilmour and Roger Waters, Syd recorded two solo albums, 'The Madcap Laughs' and 'Barrett'. Both were released in 1970. Gilmour confesed it was frustrating to work with Syd on those albums, and that was the last he saw of Syd for quite a few years.

In 1975, after great success with 'Darkside of the Moon', Pink Floyd (still Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright, and Nick Mason) were stressing to come up with a follow up. After finishing recording one day, they noticed a rather large man that was entirely shaven of hair. None recognized the old band mate until someone finally realized 'That's Syd!'. When asked how he had gained so much weight, Syd replied "I have a large fridge I eat lots of Porkchops". Syd still hadn't realized he was out of the band, and asked when he should put on his guitar. Waters regretfully informed him that the recording was done, and they didn't need the guitar.

That day was the last any of them saw Syd, but they all are in contact with his family, and check up to see how he's doing every now and then. They thought if any of them went to see him, it may cause a backlash of somesort, so none did. David Gilmour has thought that enough time has passed that it might be a good idea to visit Barrett sometime.

The album released in 1975 was titled 'Wish you Were Here'. It was a tribute to their ex-band member, Syd Barrett. Including the 26 minute 'Shine on You crazy Diamond' and the title track.
Syd Barrett - The Crazy Diamond
by Floydian August 05, 2005
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Everyone else pretty much got it, except one thing that really bothered me. Syd Barrett was never and isn't mentally ill. Everyone thinks that he is schizophrenic or whatever but he isn't, and that was cleared up a long time ago. So lay off, he's perfectly fine. He just did a lot of LSD that might make people think something was wrong with him. And since it was the 60's, it was fine to take LSD, nothing wrong with that. Syd doesn't have problems, he is awesome
SHINE ON SYD

Dude#1: Syd Barrett has mental issues
Dude#2: No he doesn't, he's fine.Shut up *punchs other guy*
by PsychedelicRat April 01, 2006
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Syd Barrett was the original singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the group. Yep, I think everyone else pretty much hit the nail on the head, except for a few points.

Many artists have acknowledged Barrett's influence on their work. Paul McCartney and Pete Townshend were early fans; Jimmy Page, David Bowie, Brian Eno, and The Damned all expressed interest in working with him at some point during the 1970s. In fact, Bowie recorded a cover of "See Emily Play" on his 1973 album Pin Ups. On a VH1 program, honoring rock bands and artists, Pete Townshend gave a speech honoring Syd Barrett, and telling a story where he told Eric Clapton that he had to come see this guy play, who was Barrett. Townshend called Barrett legendary. Barrett as a guitarist was remarkable for his free-form style in playing chords (and also for the use of echo, tapes and other effects): his rhythm guitar, as well as his often minimalist and dissonant solos, are seen even today as a major influence on punk, post-punk, and similar scenes.

Syd died on July 7th, 2006 due to "complications arising from his diabetes." It has been said that the family specifically did not want the remaining members of Pink Floyd to attend the funeral, as they blamed them for Syd's downward cycle.

Syd Barrett was a very unique and influential musician. Shine on you crazy diamond . . . you will be missed . . . :]
by lozkillerpenguin July 15, 2006
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Founding member of Pink Floyd aka: Crazy Diamond, fallen genius.... He was kicked out of the group and replaced by David Gimour in the late 60's due to drug-induced insanity. This still does not chnage the fact that pink floyd remained the best psychedelic rock band on earth. LONG LIVE THE FLOYD.
The story of the fall Syd Barrett is possibly the most obsessed over story in rock history.
by Tawnee September 14, 2004
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To pull a Syd Barrett is to drop out before you sell out. Also see Kurt Cobain.
Afraid of compromising his artistic integrity, my friend pulled a Syd Barrett and hasn't been heard from since.
by Schismrobo April 01, 2008
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