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Madcap: The Half-Life of Syd Barrett, "Pink Floyd's" Lost Genius Paperback – 3 Jul 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190409550X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904095507
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

'Excellent' -- The Sunday Times

'Like a plangent wah-wah guitar chord, this book bends the Syd myth in new and exciting ways.' -- Will Self

'Manic' -- The London Review of Books

'Tactful, deft and engagingly written.' -- The Daily Telegraph

'The best evocation of the sixties I've ever read.' -- Tatler

About the Author

Tim Willis is a journalist. He writes features for magazines including the Saturday and Sunday Telegraph magazines, Esquire and Tatler. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Hardcover
Yet another book about Syd Barrett,but this time its more about
the man/person than the Pink Floyd genius.Like the other books
its tells the story from the 50s until the early 70s."Madcap"
goes a little deeper.More interwievs with people that actually
knew Roger"Syd"Barrett and more interesting pictures from his
childhood and up until 2001.In the book you find out more about
what happened after he left Pink Floyd and what happened after the last recording sessions in 1974.You get a whole picture of
a man with deep psychological problems.You can always argue if
the drugs did it or if it was something that whould happen anyway.If you read this book together with Parker's Random
Precision i think we can get a look into the mind of a true
genius.
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A quick and easy read - you'll get through it in one sitting - but it has to be said the writing is awful in parts. Wildly opinionated, sensationalist and offering no real insights, you get the feeling the author has no deep interest or knowledge of his subject. Apart from a couple of interesting details / anecdotes that I hadn't read before, which will make it worthwhile for the hardcore Barrett fan, this book is best avoided, or at least taken with a large pinch of salt. If you are looking a decent book about Syd then Rob Chapman's "A Very Irregular Head" is absolutely the standard work on the subject, and is unlikely to be bettered in the foreseeable future. Start with that and work your way down to this. I thought the best thing about this book was the cover photo, which I'm sure will tempt many people to buy it. Happy days!
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Willis is caught in his own web of the Barrett story becoming myth becoming legend. If you haven't read any of the other numerous books about Syd than this is as good a place to start but if you know something of the history you won't find the book offers much that is new. By far the most memorable part of the book to me was the excellent collection of photographs.
Syd was a great songwriter and the catalyst behind one of the greatest rock acts of all time - let's leave it at that.
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Format: Hardcover
What with all the new information about Syd that has surfaced over the last 5 years, Tim Willis had a golden opportunity to
write from a far more knowlegable starting point than the previous two books came from.There are some interesting unpublished photo's and one or two interesting new interviews, but sadly, it comes down to the usual old cliche of 'Nutty old Syd'.As previously mentioned, the 'Interview' with Syd is a fabrication.There isn't one, the claiming of which is frankly pathetic.
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Format: Hardcover
Tim Willis' promised the world and delievered an abortion. Tim claimed to have interviewed Syd in Cambridge, but in reality he simply slipped a note through the mail slot. What a load of utter rubish. Nothing original from Tim, infact, the book collects a lot of stories that are published on the web, etc.
Stay clear of this book, unless you like expensive firewoord with a few old pictures.
Still we wait for a REAL book on Syd.
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Format: Paperback
Very poorly written book how this guy makes money I do not know - nothing new about Syd emerges in this book and it took me a long time to read as many of its subjective murmurings really were quite banal the only good thing are the pictures. He also takes time to slag off all other books about Barrett which I suspect is where most of his material came from in the first place. Don't waste your money and avoid anything by Tim Willis in future.
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