Syd Barrett

Born Jan 6, 1946

Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett, was an English singer-songwriter, guitarist and painter, best remembered as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd. He was the lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter during the band's psychedelic years, providing major musical and stylistic direction in their early work, including their name. He left the group in April 1968 amid speculations of mental illness exacerbated by drug use, and was briefly hospitalised.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Syd Barrett.


1946 Birth Born on January 6, 1946.
1951 5 Years Old In 1951 his family moved to 183 Hills Road. … Read More


1957 - 1961 2 More Events
1962 16 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1962, Barrett had taken a place at the Cambridge Technical College art department, where he met David Gilmour.
1963 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963, Barrett became a Rolling Stones fan and Barrett and then-girlfriend Libby Gausden saw them perform at a village hall in Cambridgeshire. … Read More
1964 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964, Barrett and Gausden saw Bob Dylan perform. … Read More


Barrett was musically active for less than ten years. With Pink Floyd, he recorded four singles, their 1967 debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (and contributed to their second, 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets), and several unreleased songs. … Read More
The other band members soon grew tired of Barrett's antics and, on 26 January 1968, when Waters was driving on the way to a show at Southampton University, the band elected not to pick Barrett up: one person in the car said, "Shall we pick Syd up?" and another said, "Let's not bother." … Read More
1969 23 Years Old 1 More Event
After leaving Pink Floyd, Barrett was out of the public eye for a year. Then, in 1969, at the behest of EMI and Harvest Records, he embarked on a brief solo career, releasing two solo albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett (both 1970), and a single, "Octopus". … Read More
1970 24 Years Old 1 More Event
The second album, Barrett, was recorded more sporadically than the first, with sessions taking place between February and July 1970. … Read More
1971 - 1972 2 More Events
1973 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Barrett attended an informal jazz and poetry performance by Pete Brown and former Cream bassist Jack Bruce in October 1973. … Read More
1974 28 Years Old In August 1974, Jenner persuaded Barrett to return to Abbey Road Studios in hope of recording another album. … Read More


1978 32 Years Old In 1978, when Barrett's money ran out, he moved back to Cambridge to live with his mother.
1982 36 Years Old He returned to live in London again in 1982, but lasted only a few weeks and soon returned to Cambridge for good. … Read More


1996 50 Years Old In 1996, Barrett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pink Floyd, but he did not attend the ceremony. … Read More
2001 55 Years Old …  However, he did visit his sister's house in November 2001 to watch the BBC Omnibus documentary made about him – reportedly he found some of it "a bit noisy", enjoyed seeing Mike Leonard of Leonard's Lodgers again, calling him his "teacher", and enjoyed hearing "See Emily Play" again.
2002 56 Years Old Barrett made a final public acknowledgement of his musical past in 2002, his first since the 1970s, when he autographed 320 copies of photographer Mick Rock's book Psychedelic Renegades, which contained a number of photos of Barrett. … Read More
2003 57 Years Old During this time, Barrett also played guitar on the sessions for Soft Machine founder Kevin Ayers' debut LP Joy of a Toy, although his performance on "Religious Experience" (later titled "Singing a Song in the Morning") was not released until the album was reissued in 2003. … Read More


Many photos of Barrett being harassed by paparazzi when walking or cycling from the 1980s until his death in 2006, have been published in various media.
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