Psychedelic Renegades: Photos of Syd Barrett Hardcover – 29 Oct 2007
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Rock presents as insightful a book as any I have seen about Barrett documenting his time through the late 60's/early 70's. I have read several biographies relating to Barrett and have found Rock's photography, prose and interview the most poignant. At the beginning of the book Rock writes, briefly, about his time with Syd in the late 60's, creating a wonderful atmosphere and context within which the photographs and further prose follows.
Rock also offers insights into his early photography experience in how certain photographs were shot. A definite plus for those interested in photography. Interestingly, the early shots of Syd were among the first he took as a professional photographer and he is able to provide us with glimpses and flashes of a mad cap in the making.
The later shots of Syd, in his mother's garden in the early 70's, are amongst the most beautiful and striking photographs. They show a fragile person yet, at times, give us glimpses of hope and smiles. In between photograph's, Rock provides us with information about the times he knew Syd and also the time spent that day in Syd's mother's garden.
A wonderful book and a must have for any fan of Barrett, Rock and photography.
Mick Rock who went on to fame and fortune photographing David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust character and many other rock luminaries knew Syd personally and appears in a few of the photos with him. The fact that Rock knew Syd and got on very well with him really helps to bring the prose alive as Syd obviously trusted Rock and opens up to him. Or as much as his "irregular head" can. This provides us with quite a few memorable quotes from Syd such as "I'm not anything that you think I am anyway." Typically with Syd he never lifts the veil to tell us what he actually is like but Rock gets more out of him than just about any other interviewer or biographer I have read. Even getting Syd to open up about lost loves and wanting to get married and have children one day. Maybe crucially Syd didn't feel as if he was being interviewed so was prepared to share more of himself.
The photographs in the book are split between Syd's troubled time in London where he looks very much the strung out druggy rock god - complete with naked girlfriend, big American car he couldn't drive, and oddly painted floorboards in his spartan flat - and larking about in his mother's garden in Cambridge in 1971 after the madness was over where he looks much calmer and happier.
As these photographs remind us he was a beautiful boy. One with a very imaginative and singular vision. He was really out there and perhaps it was a too lonely place to be. I hope he finally found some peace and happiness back in Cambridge when he went into self imposed exile and retirement at the tender age of 25.Read more ›
"It hasnt got a title".
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there are so many things tat are made up about syd but this book out pictures can't liePublished 19 months ago by katie
Inside every middle-aged man is a Psychedelic Renegade wanting to break free...okay, so it's 4am and he's plugged into his amp, on 'world tour' in his dressing gown. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2010 by Ms. K. H. Wallis-king
a nice collection of pictures of syd.
i did not know them before so this book was great novelty to me.