Graham Coxon, the ex-Blur guitarist and now solo artist, has written a poetic tribute for Syd Barrett who died last Friday, citing the Pink Floyd founding member as one of his greatest musical influences.
"Lost him again… for bang on 20 years Syd led me to better places...
… from my age 17-year-old first listen of 'bike' to just the other
day… 'jugband blues'…
languished in his noise... and dreamt in his night… stared at his eyes for
answers... bent my ears to see his fingers… would have followed him into
the dark... certainly followed him into the bleached out morning… Syd,
dear man, what now?
The music is there… a door he left unlocked… spend time
there... it’s good."
Graham Coxon : July 11th 2006
Sunday July 2006 - Alice Cooper remembers Syd Barrett
You might not think that the king of shock rock and Syd Barrett had much in common, but that's not the case. When the Alice Cooper band was still making their name in Los Angeles in the late '60s, they were the house band at the Cheetah Club, where they met the original members of Pink Floyd, who were in town to play a couple of shows there. In fact, the Floyd guys ran out of money and moved into the house where Alice and his bandmates lived, and the two groups hung out a lot.
Cooper told us that he and Barrett shared "a moment" of sorts one day over breakfast: "Syd was sitting there at the table, and the box of cereal was between us. And he was watching the box of cereal the way that I would watch Star Trek on television. He was seeing something I wasn't seeing. I don't know what he was on, but he could have sat there all day, staring into that cereal, and he would have been just as happy as anybody else."
See the rest here http://www.therockradio.com/2006/07/alice-cooper-remembers-syd-barrett.html
Sunday July 2006 - New photo of Syd surfaces
This photo has surfaced, apparently taken during an interview with Syd Barrett from a Scandinavia gig at The Star Club in September of 1967. I have never seen this photo before, and it is a beauty! Fantastic jacket.
July 17th 2006 - Syd's sister Rosemary gives new interview to the Sunday Times
The untimely death of Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett on July 7th, continues to dominate the news. For the first time since 1995, when Luca Ferrari last interviewed Rosemary Breen for his Italian book titled "A Fish Out Of Water", Rosemary (2 years younger than her brother Syd) has given a new interview to "Madcap" author Tim Willis, which was published in the UK's Sunday Times this morning. It provides several fascinating insights into the truth behind the man, from one of the few people who knew him intimately, and visited or spoke to him on the phone, on a daily basis. Of special interest are Rosemary's comments upon Syd's true mental condition.
Read the full interview here >>> http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2092-2271741,00.html
July 19th 2006 - Syd Barrett laid to rest
A touching note left for Syd Barrett from the close friends and neighbours in his street brought back all the sadness for us once again as Roger (Syd) Barrett was laid to rest. The service was held at Cambridge Crematorium yesterday (Monday, 17 July), with around a dozen members of his family joining his closest friends.The report is also now saying he died at Adenbrookes Hospital and not at home. Read the full news article here at The Cambridge Evening News website >>> http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/city/2006/07/18/817340eb-b6e1-4826-b1af-1c9ffba3804c.lpf
Special thanks to The Cambridge Evening News for there ongoing updates of Syd's passing
Adenbrookes hospital in South Cambridge
July 21 2006 - Nick Mason's Appreciation for Syd
Nick Mason has made an appreciative comment regarding Syd. "Syd Barrett, who died on July 7 aged 60, came into my life and Pink Floyd in 1965. His reputation as a real talent was intimidating but he proved delightful. He introduced himself, a radical move given our determination to hide our shyness behind monosyllables and Ray-Ban sunglasses. He went on to front the band and was for his entire tenure its creative center, writing the songs and devising most of the music".
To read the full article click here >>> http://www.time.com/time/asia/magazine/article/0,13673,501060724-1215025,00.html
July 22nd 2006 - UK Actor Darryl Read writes poem for Roger Barrett
Well known Actor Darryl Read, and longtime Syd Barrett fan has sent in a beautiful poem written for Roger Barrett. Click this link to read this intimate and intricate piece of poetry >>> http://www.sydbarrett.org/poemforsyd.htm
July 26th - Roger's Nephew Ian Barrett makes comment on forum
Syd Barrett's nephew Ian Barrett has made some very interesting and touching comments about his Uncle Roger on a website which Ian prefers us not to mention on here. Special thanks to Ian Barrett for his permission to quote his piece below.
I've Been Blown away By The Response
Jul 12, 2006, 14:04
I would just like to say that I have been truly blown away by the response to Roger's (Syd's) passing
I have known since Saturday and was unsure myself when it was to be made public. I awaited it with a sense of trepidation.
When it emerged yesterday afternoon i was utterly gobsmacked to discover that Roger had still after all these years been held in such esteem and love.
I will store many of these comments away in my heart when I travel to Cambridge next week.
I will be with a truly heavy heart I will make the journey - but the love you all felt for him will lift it and help the day become one of love and thanksgiving
Thank you to each and every one of you.
it is such a surreal experience to share my Uncle's passing with you all.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
Knowing full well what Roger would have wanted I have spent the day doing both.
There have been tears for sure, but the laughter has helped them dry.
I have been able to share stories of his life with work colleagues today - many of who i never realised till today were fans. That is a beautiful thing to be able to do and also a privilege.
We have laughed and laughed.
How can you not laugh when you hear
I've got a mouse
And he hasn't got a house
I don't know why I call him Gerald.
He's getting rather old
But he's a good mouse.