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Crazy Diamond - Syd Barrett and the Dawn of Pink Floyd: Syd Barrett and the Dawn of "Pink Floyd" by [Pete, Anderson]
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  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; Revised edition edition (17 Dec. 2009)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00316UN84
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There are to date, to my mind, two biographies on Syd available (not counting "Random Precision" or the first few chapters of any Floyd bios). Info on him is always second-hand as the man himself remains elusive, and probably always will. This book uses the limited resources available well, collating every known anecdote on Barrett (yes, the Mandrax/face incident, the green fridge, the alleged howling in cellars) - apocryphal or otherwise - and as such is the last word on him. Neither glamourising, nor entirely wagging a finger at Barrett's acid-fried antics, and clearly besotted with Our Hero's Good Stuff (his music, his charm and his subversive sense of humour) the authors have delivered a worthy book on Syd. The best there is.
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"Crazy Diamond" is in my opinion from the five or six other bio's I've read on Syd and early Floyd pretty accurate. If nothing else it's an interesting read! Many people who knew Syd back in the day were interviewed. Everyone's story was a little different. One constant however, was that Syd still would have ended up in the Lost And Found even if he didn't ingest so much LSD. There are numerous rumors and myths brought to light in "Crazy Diamond". If you've read " Madcap", or any of the other Syd material, you would see just how much contradiction there is about Syd's life and exploits. He is definitely a very colorful character! I won't spoil your fun by giving away any of the juice! You'll just have to make the investment and read the book.

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!
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I was expecting something very much like the title states- "Crazy Diamond". I wasn't disappointed. The book begins with Syd's youth and then jumps into the early Floyd. If you enjoy any of syd's small body of work,you will begin to feel sorry for this music icon. Syd's fall from grace and early demise are very disturbing. As felt by Roger and David, Syd would have still have ended up in a world of his own even with the amount of LSD he ingested over the years. Probably not as soon, but he would still have had his meltdown. Several rumors-myths are discussed in the book,one was about the reason for the title of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". It had already been written and was being recorded even before Syd made his unscheduled appearance at the Abby Road Studios [which I might add, no one even recognized their former founder] during the "Wish You Were Here" sessions. The other rumors and myths I'll leave to the reader to discover.
All that being said, I personally enjoyed this sad but informative book and do recommend it to any diehard Syd Barrett fans.
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Having read a wealth of material on the web about Syd Barrett, I found this book easy to read. It reveals some stories I had not come across on the web yet. The Epilogue gives some sense of closure on Syd's life (this part must have been added for the revised edition and it's full of typos though quite well written). Reading this book I felt like it had been written without Syd present... as if he had died without being dead. For days after completing my reading I had this wish to speak to Syd himself. I am glad I bought this book. I also liked the Appendices 'Where are they now' (people who knew Syd) and 'Syd Barrett discography' with some unexpected items listed.
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this book gives you a glimpse of the very early days of Pink Floyd and the slow tragic decline into despair that plagued Syd Barrett. Interesting and a great read. I would definitely recommend this book.
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The original 1994 edition of this book was the first Syd Barrett biography on the market, and it deserves respect for that and the primary research the authors conducted. This revised and updated edition is an improvement, but the flaws in both editions have been made emphatic by more recent biographies.

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.
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