Jeremy Harding: Syd Barrett
2 January 2003
Show More Madcap: The Half-Life of Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd’s Lost Genius by Tim Willis.
Short Books, 175 pp., £12.99, October 2002, 1 904095 24 0Show More
“... a Syd Barrett thing, and Syd Barrett was a Cambridge thing, the son of a Cambridge pathologist, Max Barrett, who died of cancer in 1961 – Barrett was nearly 16. (There was Roger Waters, too, and David Gilmour – who’d replace Barrett within moments, almost, of the band’s success. Both were Cambridge boys. Both, Willis tells us, had messed around with paint pots in a late-toddler phase in the ...”