Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Syd Barrett, RIP

One of the sadder chapters of rock history has come to an end. Syd Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd, has died at 60, possibly from diabetes related complications. Barrett helped found the group in 1965, and played on its debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. But his time with the group was short lived, as he became increasingly unstable due to heavy use of LSD. He was eventually kicked out while his friend David Gilmour, who had been brought in to fill in for him, became the group's new guitarist. After a brief solo career he faded from the limelight, with persistent questions about how much in touch with reality he might be.

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