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Syd's departure from us

Friday July 7th 2006 - Syd Barrett passes away peacefully at home in South Cambridge age 60

Tuesday July 11th 2006 - News is released to the world by Syd's brother Alan regarding his death

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Tuesday July 11th - The Guardian recommends our Astral Piper site first to visit, describing it as "Breathless". Thanks to the Guardian's Arts Reporter Louise Radnofsky for puting us at the top of her roundup of Syd Barrett sites to visit on the web. Click here to see the rest http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1817966,00.html

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Wednesday July 12th 2006 - David Bowie pays his respects with comments about his fallen hero

David Bowie was a huge fan of Pink Floyd founder, Syd Barrett. Long-time Bowie fans will remember his version of Barrett’s ‘See Emily Play’ the 70’s album ‘Pin-ups’. Just a few weeks ago, he appeared on stage with Floyd’s David Gilmour and the two performed another Barrett song called ‘Arnold Layne’. Following the announcement of the death of Syd Barrett, David Bowie issued the following statement at davidbowie.com: “I can't tell you how sad I feel. Syd was a major inspiration for me. The few times I saw him perform in London at UFO and the Marquee clubs during the sixties will forever be etched in my mind. He was so charismatic and such a startlingly original songwriter”. “Also, along with Anthony Newley, he was the first guy I'd heard to sing pop or rock with a British accent. His impact on my thinking was enormous. A major regret is that I never got to know him. A diamond indeed.”

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Wednesday July 12th 2006 - Cambridge Evening News reports Syd Barretts death as flowers are placed outside his South Cambridge home 

Click link below to see the full Cambridge Evening News story

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/features/2006/07/12/cc8bd3c3-d49f-4dbe-9aad-95e367e4632c.lpf

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Friday July 14th 2006 - "Madcap" book author Tim Willis reports of some early Syd Barrett sketches found. The sketches belong to Libby Gausden, Syd's first and probably most important - girlfriend, and are taken from a sheaf of letters he sent her, which she has kept for more than 40 years. See the full story here http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/index.php?menuID=2&subID=733

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Sunday July 16th 2006 - UK actor Darryl Read makes comment about Syd Barretts death.

Hi Dion. I only just returned from abroad the other day - to hear the sad news of Syd - passing over.
I have in the last days put up on my site; a short dedication for Roger; feel free to use this; for your site dedications - if you want to.
I am supposing that you are upset as are many others, and, will be having to deal with lots of e mails.
I am sure that Syd is proud of your site, keep the faith.
Best to you
From your friend Darryl
 
To visit Darryl's site please click here >>> http://www.darrylread.com/darrylread.html
 
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Sunday July 2006 - Blur's Graham Coxon makes a tribute to Syd
 
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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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 

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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.

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.

 

Goodbye Roger

Sleep tight

 

Ian Barrett

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