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Madcap: The half-life of Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd's lost genius Hardcover – 7 Oct 2002
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'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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Tim Willis is a journalist. He writes features for magazines including the Saturday and Sunday Telegraph magazines, Esquire and Tatler.
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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
Syd was a great songwriter and the catalyst behind one of the greatest rock acts of all time - let's leave it at that.
'Badcrap' would have been a more appropriate title.
write from a far more knowlegable starting point than the previous two books came from.There are some interesting unpublished photo's and one or two interesting new interviews, but sadly, it comes down to the usual old cliche of 'Nutty old Syd'.As previously mentioned, the 'Interview'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.
Stay clear of this book, unless you like expensive firewoord with a few old pictures.
Still we wait for a REAL book on Syd.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2007 by B
Whether you are new to the legend that is Syd Barrett, or have read all the other available books, this one for me was the most definitive, cutting through all the tabloid myth &... Read morePublished on 10 July 2005
This is without doubt the best book on Syd Barrett - the man and the myth - I have ever come across. Read morePublished on 29 July 2003