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Thursday, July 13, 2006

THE MAN WHO INVENTED HIMSELF

Back in December 2001, I wrote this in a review about the Pink Floyd compilation Echoes  -

In the meantime, somewhere in Cambridge England, Roger 'Syd' Barrett is living out his golden years, visiting the market, painting occasionally and generally contented with his lot in life. In the eyes of the world, he is a rock 'n' roll casualty who tragically never fulfilled his potential but that is only one (biased) perspective. At least, he has remained true to himself - far from the exigencies and pressures of the corporate rock machine AND has left behind a legacy of shimmering and unique music…

Well, Syd is no longer with us as he passed away on Friday, 7 July 2006, from cancer. I still mean everything I said almost five years ago and want to remember him not as the wasted rock star immortalized in “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” but as the man who left the world of rock music a tremendous musical legacy in the 1960s that is still vibrant today. May you rest in peace, Syd…

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