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Syd Barrett

The chief songwriter and original frontman for Pink Floyd, the late Syd Barrett had a career as memorable as it was brief. After writing the majority of the band’s lyrically psychedelic 1967 debut, as well as several well-received singles, Barrett began a descent into drug-fueled health issues that saw him ousted after scant contributions to Floyd’s sophomore release. Barrett then managed two solo albums, both released in 1970 and shepherded along by his increasingly frustrated former bandmates. ‘Madcap Laughs’ reached the UK Top 40, but nothing could stop Barrett’s downward spiral. Still, his influence remained. He was, of course, an inspiration for Pink Floyd’s 1975 album ‘Wish You Were Here’ and the band continued performing Barrett songs through to their final mid-’90s tour. Barrett also served as a foundational figure for future alternative rockers like Brian Eno, XTC, Robyn Hitchcock and Sean Lennon.

45 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Moves on From Syd Barrett With ‘More’

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Harvest/EMI

Pink Floyd's often-overlooked 'More' marked their first musical output after splitting with founding frontman Syd Barrett.

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‘The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story’ To Be Re-Issued On Two-DVD Set

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Keystone Features/Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Eagle Rock Entertainment will re-release 'The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story' on May 20.

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‘Lost’ Syd Barrett Recordings To Be Released

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SydBarrett.com/EMI Records

UK based label Easy Action is set to release a disc of unheard recordings featuring late Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. The performance was recorded at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, England on Jan. 27, 1972.

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46 Years Ago: Syd Barrett Plays Last Show With Pink Floyd

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The shining star that was Syd Barrett played his last ever gig with Pink Floyd on Jan. 20, 1968. Barrett was the main songwriter, lead singer, guitarist and focal point for the psychedelic pioneers from their formation through the end of 1967, at which time, various issues led to his exit from the band.

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Top 10 Syd Barrett / Pink Floyd Songs

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Before Pink Floyd conquered the world with prog- and narrative-heavy albums like ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘The Wall,’ they were a psychedelic group led by a floppy-haired singer, songwriter and guitar player whose thirst for drugs often superseded his creative impulses. Yet Syd Barrett undeniably led the band through their early years, anchoring their f

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