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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Dear Michael

I am so sorry. Maybe you could hang a poster in a visable location in the apartment in memory of...

Pink Floyd Co-Founder Barrett Dies at 60

TUESDAY JULY 11, 2006 11:00AM EST

Syd Barrett (left) with a '60s-era Pink Floyd Photo by: DAPR / ZUMA
Pink Floyd Co-Founder Barrett Dies at 60 | Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.

The London-based rep declined to give specifics about when or how the brilliant yet reclusive musician passed away, though she did say the death occurred some days ago. Barrett, who chose to remain anonymous over the past several years, had a long history of diabetes.

Born in Cambridge as Roger Keith Barrett (he acquired the nickname Syd at 15), Barrett, a guitarist, wrote many of Pink Floyd's early songs and launched the group in 1965, along with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright. Their first hit album was 1967's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, which perfectly underscored the British capital's drug-infused pop scene.

Barrett's own LSD use further exacerbated his mental instability, and he eventually split from the band in 1968 – five years before the release of Pink Floyd's most popular album, Dark Side of the Moon. His replacement was David Gilmour.

Barrett released two solo albums – The Madcap Laughs and Barrett – but soon withdrew from the music business altogether, spending much of the rest of his life living quietly in his hometown of Cambridge. There, he was a familiar figure, often seen cycling or walking to the corner store, reports the Associated Press. The band's spokeswoman said there would be a small, private funeral.


  • At 6:48 AM, Blogger Sarah said…

    Suggestions like this will NOT be tolerated! Maybe Edgar should put that beer pong table in the living room. Who needs a coffee table? That sound like a great idea!

  • At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Teefses Chomper said…

    Thank you for your understanding during this dark, dark time.

  • At 9:20 PM, Blogger Lindsey said…

    teefses chomper, i believe in times like this we should show sensitivity, unlike some people here who just don't understand...perhaps a shrine and a candle light vigil is in order.


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