Dead Rock Stars 17: Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd)

This episode, Mick and Joel look at the enigmatic Syd Barrett, one time leader of the fledgling Pink Floyd. Though Syd's time in Pink Floyd was only brief his idiosyncratic songs have proven to be hugely influential and continue to reverberate through the decades. Bringing an eccentric Englishness to the burgeoning prog/psyche scene in the mid-Sixties, he was a man both part of and yet quite apart from the scene. But within two years, and unravelling through mental problems and drug abuse, Syd would disappear from music altogether to become a recluse in his hometown of Cambridge, where he died of pancreatic cancer aged 60.

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