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Psychedelic Renegades: Photos of Syd Barrett Hardcover – 29 Oct 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd (29 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859654176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859654173
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.8 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautiful book and a must have for Syd Barrett fans and those interested in photography alike - fortunately of which I am both.

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.
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This is a wonderful book of photographs and some prose about the late Syd Barrett, the fragile but brilliant mind behind 1960's Pink Floyd.

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.
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If you loved Syd, if you loved P.F., you must get this book.The photos, taken by a friend, are a touching portrayal of S.B. at perhaps the most vulnerable and creative period of his life. Eerily evocative time capsule.
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If you have a disposable income and Syd is featured high in your list of inspirational, admirable, Loveable poeple - you cant pass this up. Ofcourse you'd also want London 66/67 DVD (or CD) and the re-relase of Piper (3 CDs - 1 is a mono mix). You'll also want a copy of Albion dreaming as well as Stan Grofs "gateway to the numinous". Strange how I find Waters is Pink Floyd (mk II) and yet Gilmour makes anything sound good - but isnt Pink Floyd. His dedicatory renditions of Syds songs are done very well - just a touch of David, largely almost a "sample" of Syds "vibe". While I have a copy of the voyueristic video of Syd in his older Roger Barrett phase - I feel so paternal towards him, and yet so inspired by him. Dave said he Roger / Syd had a spring in step (and I think) a gleam in his eye. I hope I meet Roger Barrett when I get to heaven. I dont thinks Syds demise was neccassary. I dont want to be libelious so I wont lay blame. But in a truly civilzed society - Syds problems (i belive) would be treatable in a humane and loving way (see Grof or "The secret Chief"). And then the "black holes in the sky" would Shine on.
"It hasnt got a title".
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This is an excellent book for fans of Syd Barrett the photographs are excellent and my boyfriend was delighted to see photos he hadn't seen before of Syd.
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