Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Wish you were here...Shine on you crazy diamond

Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett dead at 60:
Syd Barrett, one of the original members of legendary rock group Pink Floyd, has died at the age of 60 from complications arising from diabetes.
The guitarist was the band's first creative force and an influential songwriter, penning their early hits.

He joined Pink Floyd in 1965 but left three years later after one album. He went on to live as a recluse, with his mental deterioration blamed on drugs.

I will never forget listening to them for the first time in '68. They were doing something no one else was at the time. Completely unique, that's really all I can say.

The band soldiered on, bringing in Gilmour when Barrett was on his way down and out, and Waters took the reins. But the course was already set by Barrett.

Listen to "Jugband Blues" from '68, and it's all here already.