Saturday, July 22, 2006

Syd Barrett [obit] | Economist.com

Syd Barrett [obit] Economist.com: "His band last saw him in 1975 as they recorded, in “Shine on you Crazy Diamond”, a tribute to him that sounded like yet more encouragement. (“Come on you raver, you seer of visions/Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine.”) Mr Barrett wandered in, fat and shaven-headed and hardly recognisable. As his friends sang “You shone like the sun”, he seemed to laugh sarcastically. He stayed a while in the studio, and then went away."

Sad -- he managed to both burn out and fade away...
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