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.
When Alice Cooper Saw Syd Barrett Laugh at Cornflakes: Exclusive
Shock-rocker reflects on meeting Pink Floyd front man in new Audible 'Words + Music' episode.
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All five members have taken turns at the mic, but who's been there the most?
Nick Mason on Pink Floyd’s Struggle With Syd Barrett's Breakdown
Drummer says they were too “young and immature” to react effectively as co-founder became increasingly erratic.
Cambridge Film Festival to Honor Syd Barrett With Premiere of New Documentary
A celebration honoring Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett and the creative legacy of the '60s has been scheduled for later this year.
When Syd Barrett Played His Last Show With Pink Floyd
He was the original songwriter, lead singer, guitarist and focal point for the psychedelic pioneers.
Why Syd Barrett's Solo Career Ended With 'Barrett'
The badly faltering ex-Pink Floyd frontman struggled to even to finish his second solo album.
How Pink Floyd Moved On From Syd Barrett With 'More'
'More,' Pink Floyd's soundtrack for a forgotten film by Barbet Schroeder, was released on Aug. 9, 1969.