Barrett named the group and was their original frontman and primary songwriter, becoming known for his whimsical take on psychedelic pop. Barrett was musically active for less than ten years. With Pink Floyd, he recorded four singles, their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn , portions of their second album A Saucerful of Secrets , and several unreleased songs. In April , Barrett was ousted from the band amid speculation of mental illness and his excessive use of psychedelic drugs. He began a brief solo career in with the single " Octopus " and followed with the albums The Madcap Laughs and Barrett , recorded with the aid of several members of Pink Floyd.
Barrett found inspiration through LSD usage
Guitarist Syd Barrett took to music at an early age. While in London for college, he joined the band that would become Pink Floyd as the guitarist and wrote many of their early songs. He soon became erratic and was forced to leave the band. After a brief solo career, he quit music and moved in with his mother where he painted and seldom spoke to others. Barrett was the fourth of five children born to Max and Winifred Barrett, who encouraged his interest in music. He played the piano, ukulele, banjo and guitar as a kid. He also spent time writing and drawing, and he won awards for his poetry in high school. Several stories exist as to how Barrett acquired his nickname, "Syd. Others say he was given the nickname as a kid at scout camp. As a teenager, Barrett formed a band, Geoff Mott and the Mottoes.
Who Was Syd Barrett?
His creative genius was derailed by a drug-fueled psychological collapse, forcing his removal from the group he helped form. Though Barrett helmed Pink Floyd for barely two years out of their three-decade career, his specter haunted the band for the remainder of their existence and his presence is felt in some of their finest work. Once he retreated into his private world, he left it to fans to solve the riddle that is Syd Barrett. By the end of his life, he had reverted to his birth name, Roger, and settled into his role as an amateur painter and local eccentric in his native Cambridge, England. Syd Barrett, the rock icon, died long before pancreatic cancer claimed his physical body on July 7th,