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- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Omnibus Press; Revised edition edition (17 Dec. 2009)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00316UN84
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I will tell you that the book begins with Syd's early years then rather quickly moves on to his intro to the other founding members of "The Pink Floyd Sound" as they were initially called. It continues from his early writing and success "The Piper At The Gates of Dawn", to his extremes and expulsion from the band, his self inposed seclusion, and finally, his early demise.
Recommended for die-hard Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd fans! Although the casual Floyd reader may enjoy it also!
All that being said, I personally enjoyed this sad but informative book and do recommend it to any diehard Syd Barrett fans.
It tells the basic facts about Barrett's life in clear if uninspired prose. However, it makes no real attempt to tell you why Syd's work was important enough to justify a biography in the first place, and resorts to lazy cliches about the sixties, drugs and mental illness which serve to confuse more than they clarify.
The more recent books - "Dark Globe" by Julian Palacios and "A Very Irregular Head" by Rob Chapman - are far more rewarding. Palacios is formidably detailed and his research dwarfs that done for this book, though his verb-free prose style is irritating. Chapman's book is more concise but focuses more on interpreting Syd's work and putting it into a broader cultural context (which means it gets called "waffly" by some readers, though I found it fascinating). If you want just one, go for Palacios if you want lots and lots of detail, and go for Chapman if you want intellectual stimulation. And for either if you want to avoid regurgitated myths and value a more sympathetic, balanced, informed and moving perspective (particularly on Syd's latter years and the heroic support he received from his sister) than the authors of this outmoded work seem able to provide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
as some one who has only just started too discover his and pink floyds work i found this highly informative and a fascinating readPublished on 1 April 2014 by craig stuart jackson
At the time of its original issue, this book had the distinct benefit of being the only official tome about Syd Barrett available. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2012 by 23 Daves
I chose this biography over the more recent 'a very irregular head' and 'Dark Globe' as it seemed that the authors would ramble off on tangents, giving too much of their own... Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2011 by t o'mara
I purchased this book due to not knowing much, if anything about Syd, other than the urban myths and the fact he was the driving force behind the original Pink Floyd and the unique... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2010 by Amazon Customer
big deal bit flakey reasonablably strong lsd every town got several go out on monday afternoon in barnsley. couple of good pop songs and back to his mams. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2008 by Kev Oates
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