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On the eight day of the eight month of the eight year of the third
millennium the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit saw the light of day
(read our first article: Iggy).
Its initial function, goal or intention wasn't really clear from the
start as has been revealed in an intriguing interview the Reverend had
on the Syd Barrett blog: Solo
en las Nubes. The (Spanish) interview can be read at Autoentrevista
- Felix Atagong: "Un
hombre sincero" but for those ignorants who aren't fluent in the
language of Cervantes an English version can be found at The
Anchor: Felix Atagong: an
La Iglesia empezó como una especie de diablura. Discutiendo la (teórica)
posibilidad de una religión con Barrett como centro en el foro de Late
Night, mencioné la existencia de una congregación de Santa Iggy.
(Translation) The Church more or less started as a prank. Discussing the
(theoretical) possibility of a Barrett religion on the Late Night forum
I mentioned a Saint Iggy Congregation.
That was in May 2007, but it would take until August 2008 before the
Church published a first article, triggered by Argentinian Dolly
Rocker. In those past three wonderful years magical things happened
to the Church and its Reverend. JenS
and Margaretta Barclay
added some missing puzzle pieces to the mystery of the singer and his
Eskimo Girl (the Church was less lucky with Rusty B. and one of Syd's
1969 temporarily girlfriends Dominique H., but our first rule is to
respect their wish for privacy). The support from Pink Floyd biographer
Mark Blake and Mojo magazine made it possible to locate the mystery
woman who had posed on the rear cover of The Madcap Laughs and – en
passant – to debunk several myths about those days (although it is not
always that easy to revive situations that happened in 1969).
Dozens of contributors and fans of the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit
have helped with our quest but aren't mentioned here, let it be known
that their names have been encrypted in solid gold in the Church's
Even more: real friendships emerged out of this, not least from Iggy
Rose, whose phone calls to the Reverend are a mixture of roaring
laughter, psychedelic tomfoolery and do sometimes contain, but luckily
not very often, an odd tear drop about long-lost persons and situations.
The future looks bright for the Church although this will not always
result in articles on this place. Our apologies for that. (In the
meantime, you can always check the Holy Church Facebook
page, that publishes unassorted bits and pieces now and then.)
It sparkles and shines
The sparkle that lit the Church's fuse was a 2007 Late Night forum post: Possibility
of new religion, asking if a religion could be based upon the
writings of Barrett. That thread was started by Stanislav (alias
~SVG75~) a Russian Barrett fan who has always flirted with the
boundaries of reality. As a computer graphics programming teacher he has
published several Syd Barrett parodies
in the fine (Belgian) tradition of surrealism and dadaism and this at
several places on the web.
Not unlike Marcel
Duchamp, who painted a moustache on the Gioconda
and gave the ready-made its bawdy title LHOOQ,
Stanislav took existing pictures of Barrett and electronically modified
them, thus creating alternative but non-existent realities in the life
of Syd Barrett.
Stanislav's work has not always been appreciated by the Syd Barrett
community. The average (read: non-anoraky) fan could easily be misguided
by the near-authenticity of some of his pictures and stories and
sometimes only those 'in the know' were able to distinguish the parody
from the original.
Syd Barrett dot CON
Stanislav's most spectacular guerilla art attack was when his subverted
graphical work infiltrated the official Syd Barrett website.
He fooled the Syd Barrett Estate and Pink Floyd Ltd. by
making them believe his creations were genuine Barrett related artworks
The official Syd Barrett website started on the 19th of February 2010
(not taking into account the test page that had been present several
months before) and in the next couple of days different Late
Night punters tracked down several mistakes ranking from the silly
to the stupid.
Dark Globe was the first to spot a non-existent biography that
had crept into the book section:
The books section of the new site lists a book called 'Crazy Diamond' by
Tony Bacon. The cover looks like a Stanislav design. I'm wondering
- is it for real? I can't find reference to it anywhere else. (Taken
Official site gets a makeover.)
It was indeed a Stanislav mash-up deconstructing two existing books: Crazy
Diamond by Mike Watkinson & Pete Anderson and London Live
by Tony Bacon (see pictures at the left for the real covers).
That last book is still on the biography list from the official Syd
Barrett website although it is an inventory of bands who played London
clubs from skiffle, rock'n roll and trad in the 1950s to progressive,
pub-rock and punk in the 1970s, passing by at the London venues during
the R&B, folk and psychedelia years (it does have Syd on the cover
though, but isn't a Barrett biography as such).
Another proof that the website's authors didn't (and still don't) have a
clue about what they are publishing. It is a damn disgrace that the best
Syd Barrett biography that has appeared in the last decade, Julian
Globe, isn't put there, but that is probably because the Barrett
Estate are actively sponsoring an 'approved' biography from someone else.
Prior to the website launch Mark Jones, the (unofficial) Syd
Barrett picture archivist, had been consulted by Pink Floyd Ltd. to
render his expertise on Barrett and early Pink Floyd photo material. So
he was quite surprised to find many dating errors and another
Stanislav-readymade that had mysteriously placed itself in the art
section of the official Syd Barrett website:
Mark Jones mailed the manager of the Syd Barrett Estate on Sunday, the
21st of February, and by Monday all the errors had disappeared. The
makers of the website never did comment on their mistakes hoping that
the matter would soon be forgotten.
Unfortunately the Holy Igquisition never forgets and the Holy
Church of Iggy the Inuit finds it among its tasks to praise Stanislav
for his impromptu Banksy-like
actions. The fact that his forgeries were published at the official Syd
Barrett site give his works a meta-realistic certificate of
authenticity. Syd Barrett, quite a jokester himself so we have heard,
would probably have liked this very much and is laughing his arse off
from the great gig in the sky.
When geniuses meet
It was written in the stars that on Friday, the 5th of August 2011,
Stanislav and the Reverend would meet in front of the Brussels Magritte
museum. On that occasion Stanislav handed over a present for the Church
that was immediately digitally immortalised by hordes of visiting
Japanese tourists. The Church and Stanislav will now be for ever bonded
and Iggy Rose has commented on Stanislav's new artwork with the
following unforgettable phrase:
Oh WOWEEEE that is FANTASTIC XXXX
Let's end this article with the words of a wise man: “In the sunny land
of Belgium Stanislav was forced to eat a Brussels waffle and there was
much rejoicing.” Happy Birthday, Stanislav! Happy Birthday,
Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit!
The Church wishes to thank all the fans and contributors of the Church,
especially the lovely people of the Late Night community from the past
and present. Stanislav and Dolly Rocker for sparkling the fuse, JenS and
Julian Palacios for rolling the ball, Margaretta Barclay and Mark Blake
for adding up to the Iggy Follies. The French connection for putting my
feet back on the ground. And, last but not least: ♥ Iggy ♥.
It is with great pleasure that the Reverend introduces a new contributor
at the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit. Not only did Antonio Jesús live in
the beautiful city of Cambridge but as editor of the slightly fantastic
Spanish Syd Barrett blog Solo en las Nubes he has published
several Autoentrevista or Self-Interviews with Barrett
specialists, biographers and friends.
These interviews will now find their way to the English speaking part of
the world at the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit. We start with a bang as
this one is already a world exclusive, an interview with the manager of
one of Syd's first Cambridge bands: Those Without.
If you would like to visit Cambridge this summer, it is too late to book
Spy Syd In Cambridge tour. In 2008, Warren Dosanjh, Syd Barrett's
first manager, was invited by a non-profit organisation to guide
visitors through the city. Many of these field trips had exclusive and
unexpected guests and left the visitors in awe.
Warren Dosanjh is every inch a guide. I was lucky to attend the very
first tour, still a try-out, and it was a blast. He told us a thousand
and one stories and anecdotes like only an expert could do. On top of
that he also knows the best places in the slummy parts of Cambridge.
But today we're lucky as Warren has decided to give a self-interview for
Solo En Las Nubes.
Where did you meet Syd Barrett for the first time?
We were at the same school. It was called The Cambridgeshire High School
for Boys aka The County. Roger, as he was called then, was a year below
me. I think that Roger Waters was one or two years above.
How well did you know him then?
Quite well but not as a close friend. Many of us were excited about the
emergence of rock'n roll, R&B and to a degree some folk music,
particularly Bob Dylan. Some evenings were spent at Syd's home in Hills
Road or that of a neighbour, Dick Whyte, listening to and playing music.
Did you play a musical instrument?
I tried very hard to learn the 5-string banjo but as I am left-handed it
proved to be too difficult in the long-term.
How did the band Those Without evolve?
Alan 'Barney' Barnes and Steve Pyle came to my home one evening wanting
to form a new band. They were in a band called Hollerin' Blues
but wanted to disband as a means of getting rid of Brian Scott, their
manager. They asked me to be the manager of the new band and I agreed.
And the name Those Without?
Very late that same night Steve spotted a book on my shelf titled Those
Without Shadows by Françoise
Sagan. "That's it! We just drop the word Shadows.", said Steve. All
bands in those days seemed to be called 'The' someone or other and this
was certainly a new concept in band names.
So what was it like being a manager?
Getting the bookings was quite easy I remember. The difficult bits were
having transport for us and the equipment particularly when we played
outside of Cambridge. Luckily I had a lovely girlfriend Vernia whose
father owned a VW
But the most difficult part for me was handling Alan Barnes. He was
without doubt one of the best musicians around, playing keyboards,
harmonica and singing lead. He had a great feel for R&B. But
unfortunately he knew this and could be very contentious and 'up
himself' after a few drinks. There were often occasions when I would
have to take him outside for a quiet word.
So what sort of music did Those Without play?
Mostly R&B. Bands like Jokers Wild were mostly playing cover versions of
pop records in the charts whereas a few bands like ourselves were
playing classic R&B covers of artists like John Lee Hooker, Howlin'
Wolf, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, etc...
How did Syd get in the band?
Syd wanted to have a go at being in a band. He had previously played for
one night at a CND fund-raising event with a band invented for just that
night, called Geoff Mott & The Mottoes. Steve Pyle brought
Syd along to a practise and asked if he could play bass with us and help
out on the vocals. They were at that time both at The Cambridge School
of Art. I remember Syd bringing along The Kinks' new record - 'You
Really Got Me' - and playing it over and over again.
You mention The Kinks - were there any other bands that influenced
It was unique. A melting pot of contrasting views, opinions and
influences that often fused together to create a new exciting life for
young people trying to throw off the shackles of post-war Britain. I
remember Allan Ginsberg giving a poetry reading at King's, Duke
Ellington playing an organ recital at Gt. St Mary's Church, student
'rag' days, continental films at The Arts Cinema, nights in Grantchester
Meadows, smoking my first spliff and losing my virginity. Much much
When did you last see Syd?
I saw him a lot in the 60s. He played with the band about 12 times
before finally settling in London and forming Pink Floyd. When he
returned to Cambridge and after the failure of Stars he became more
reclusive. Sometimes I would pass him in the street as he lived just
around the corner from me but he was always in a different world and I
didn't want to invade his privacy.
We, his school mates and friends, just let him go about his business. We
just remember him not for Pink Floyd but as a well-spoken likeable guy
that we grew up with - a friend who just lost his way.
Check out the I
Spy Syd in Cambridge website that holds many goodies, even now
when the tours no longer exists.
The music scene of Cambridge, Walking Tour, Venues and Bands. A
must read for everyone who is interested in Syd's Cambridge. This 36
pages booklet contains a Cambridge city map and has descriptions of the
different venues and many unknown Cambridge bands of the Sixties.
Researched and compiled by Warren Dosanjh. Edited and layout by Mick
Brown. Further contributions and research: Lee Wood, Alan Willis, Jenny
Spires, Brian Foskett, Viv ‘Twig’ Brans, Stephen Pyle, Albert Prior,
Jess Applin, Cherrill Richardson, Mike Richardson, Hank Wingate, David
Ellingham, Jonathon Church, Sudhir Agar, Dave Parker, Graham Smith, Tony
Middleton, Ivan Carling, Judy Woodford, Jenny Taylor, Stuart Dingley,
Dave Thaxter, Tim Renwick, Pete Rhodes. (March
2011 PDF download, about 5 MB)
of Those Without and Hollerin' Blues, with the staggering news that Syd
Barrett has never been a member of that last band. More about the
of Those Without (with and without Syd).
Pink Floyd Syd Barrett Interviews with Friends (2009): Roger
"Syd" Barrett - Cambridge Autumn 2009 Interviews with friends Richard
Jacobs, Sue Unwin, John Watkins, Stephen Pyle, Warren Dosanjh, Diana
McKenna, et.al. by Alexandros Papathanasiou. Hosted at Youtube: Pink
Floyd Syd Barrett Interviews with Friends.
Reflections: Sixties Counterculture in Cambridge, a film from
Alexandros Papathanasiou & Kameron Stroud (2011). Reminiscence of the
sixties alternative movement in Cambridge by 7 local interviewees,
including Warren Dosanjh and Stephen Pyle. The film reflects the
interviewees memories during that time as well as it addresses their
powerful conclusions about the impact of the 60's alternative generation
on the present time. Hosted at Youtube: part
1 (10:46) and part
2 (10:11). Hosted at Vimeo: Reflections.
The next months will be musically dedicated to Pink
Floyd and several, if not all, of the serious music magazines are
hanging a separate wagon at EMI's gravy train.
Rock 162 (with AC/DC on the cover) comes with a separate Pink Floyd
24 pages booklet, titled at one side: The making of the Dark Side Of
The Moon, and at the other side (when you turn the booklet around) The
making of Wish You Were Here, written by Pink Floyd biographer Glenn
Povey, with pictures of Jill Furmanovsky.
215, ridiculously called the October 2011 edition while we purchased it
now in August (somebody ought to tell those Mojo editors what a calendar
is), has a 12 pages Pink Floyd cover story from Pigs
Might Fly author Mark Blake and with pictures from... Jill
Furmanovsky, but more about that later.
Rock Prog (out on August 31) will be celebrating the 40-th birthday of Meddle,
an album that – according to their blurb – changed the sound of Pink
Floyd and prog rock forever.
But we start with the most recent Uncut
(that has a Marc Bolan / T-Rex cover, but it didn't cross the Channel
yet) where Nick Mason expresses his belief that there still is room for
a combined Piper/Saucerful Immersion set. That extended CD-box-set would
have early Pink Floyd rarities as Vegetable Man and Scream Thy
last Scream but also...
...we've got some demos that were made really early on, which I think
are just charming. these come from 1965 and include 'Lucy Leave', "I'm A
King Bee", "Walk With Me Sydney", and "Double O-Bo". They're very R'n'B.
Of course we were yet another English band who wanted to be an American
style R'n'B band. We recorded the demo at Decca. I think it must have
been, in Broadhurst Gardens. A friend of Rick's was working there as an
engineer, and managed to sneak us in on a Saturday night when the studio
As all Immersion sets come with some live recordings as well all eyes
(or ears) are pointing into the direction of the Gyllene Cirkeln
gig that was recently sold by its taper to the Floyd. But Mark Jones,
known for his extensive collection of early Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett
pictures, heard something else from his contacts at Pink Floyd Ltd. He
fears that this gig will not be put on an early Floyd immersion set:
I doubt it, my answer from someone 'high up' was 'the Stockholm
recording does not feature Syd's vocals'. I take that means either his
mic was not functioning properly or he was singing off mic. (…) My
answer was from 'high up' and from what I gathered it meant they weren't
Like we have pointed out in a previous article (see: EMI
blackmails Pink Floyd fans!) the September 1967 live set does not
have audible lyrics, due to the primitive circumstances the gig has been
recorded with (or simply because Syd didn't sing into the microphone).
But that set also has some instrumentals that could be put on a rarities
disk: a 7 minutes 20 seconds unpublished jam nicknamed 'Before or
Since' (title given by the taper), Pow R Toc H (without the
jungle sounds?) and Interstellar Overdrive.
It will be a long wait as an early Immersion set can only see the light
of day in late 2012 and only after the other sets have proven to be
Back to Mojo with its Dark Side Of The Moon / Wish You Were
Here cover article. Obviously the 'Syd visits Pink Floyd' anecdote
had to be added in as well and at page 88 Mark Blake tells the different
versions of this story once again (some of them can also be found in
Big Barrett Conspiracy Theory).
In his Lost In Space article Mark Blake also retells the almost
unknown story about an unpublished Pink Floyd book that has been lying
on Roger Waters' shelves for about 35 years. After the gigantic success
of Dark Side Of The Moon the band, or at least Roger Waters,
found it a good idea to have a documentary of their life as successful
rock-stars. Waters asked his old Cambridge friend and golf buddy Nick
Sedgwick to infiltrate the band and to note down his impressions.
Another sixties Cambridge friend was called in as well: Storm
Thorgerson, who hired Jill Furmanovsky to take (some of) the
pictures of the 1974 American tour. Nick and Storm could follow the band
far more intimately than any other journalist or writer as they had been
beatnik buddies (with Syd, David and Roger) meeting in the Cambridge
coffee houses in the Sixties. In his 1989 novel Light Blue With Bulges
Nick Sedgwick clearly describes how a loud-mouthed bass player and the
novel's hero share some joints and drive around on their Vespa
Life on the rock road in 1974 was perhaps too much of a Kerouac-like
adventure. The band had its internal problems, with Roger Waters acting
as the alpha-male (according to David Gilmour in the latest Mojo
article). But there weren't only musical differences, Pink Floyd had
wives and families but they also had some difficulties to keep up the
monogamist life on the road. Then there was the incident with Roger
Waters who heard a man's voice at the other side when he called his wife
When David Gilmour read the first chapters of the book he felt aggrieved
by it and managed to get it canned, a trick he would later repeat with
Nick Mason's first (and unpublished) version of Inside Out. But
also Nick Mason agrees that the book by Nick Sedgwick was perceived, by
the three others, as being to openly friendly towards Roger Waters and
too negative towards the others. Mark Blake, in a Facebook reaction to
the Church, describes the manuscript as 'dynamite'.
Unfortunately Nick Sedgwick died a couple of days ago and Roger Waters
issued the following statement:
One of my oldest friends, Nick Sedgwick, died this week of brain cancer.
I shall miss him a lot. I share this sad news with you all for a good
He leaves behind a manuscript, "IN THE PINK" (not a hunting memoir).
His memoir traces the unfolding of events in 1974 and 1975 concerning
both me and Pink Floyd. In the summer of 1974 Nick accompanied me, and
my then wife Judy, to Greece. We spent the whole summer there and Nick
witnessed the beginnings of the end of that marriage.
That autumn he travelled with Pink Floyd all round England on The Dark
Side Of The Moon Tour. He carried a cassette recorder on which he
recorded many conversations and documented the progress of the tour. In
the spring of 1975 he came to America with the band and includes his
recollections of that time also.
When Nick finished the work in 1975 there was some resistance in the
band to its publication, not surprising really as none of us comes out
of it very well, it's a bit warts and all, so it never saw the light of
It is Nick's wish that it be made available now to all those interested
in that bit of Pink Floyd history and that all proceeds go to his wife
To that end I am preparing three versions, a simple PDF, a hardback
version, and a super de-luxe illustrated limited edition signed and
annotated by me and hopefully including excerpts from the cassettes.
For those interested in the more turbulent episodes of the band Pink
Floyd this will be a very interesting read indeed.
Update 2016 12 04: the Sedgwick Floyd biography 'In The Pink' has
not been published yet. In a 2015 interview for Prog magazine Roger
Waters, however, said that the project was still on. Update
2017 07 30: The 'In The Pink' journal can now be bought at the Pink
Floyd Their Mortal Remains exhibition in London or at a Roger Waters
gig: see In
The Pink hunt is open!
The Church wishes to thank: Mark Blake, Mark Jones & although he will
probably never read this, Roger Waters.