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(Posted: Jan. 11, 2002. Got a tip to share? Email us.)

psychedelic renegadesNew book features Syd Barrett
Pink Floyd co-founder signs limited edition

"Psychedelic Renegades" (ISBN 0-904351-84-X), a book of photographs of Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett, is about to be published by Genesis Publications. The Surrey, England, company will publish a limited number of copies, some of which will be signed by Barrett.

The 160-page book contains 120 black and white and color pictures — photographer Mick Rock's complete archive of Barrett photos — taken between 1969 and '71. Most of the shots have never before been published.

Genesis Publications will print 950 copies, all numbered and signed by Rock. The regular edition is quarter-bound in orange leather and turquoise blue linen. The color scheme is inspired by the striped floorboards in Barrett's flat, featured in Rock's photo that appeared on the cover of Barrett's 1970 "The Madcap Laughs" album. Three-hundred twenty books will be deluxe copies (pictured), hand-bound in orange and turquoise leathers, and signed by Barrett.

"We were surprised and delighted that he agreed," says Oliver Craske, Genesis Publications senior editor/Internet manager. Barrett has been reclusive for 30 years. "We don't know exactly why he agreed to this request and no previous ones. Perhaps it's because the author is Mick Rock."

Rock met Barrett in Cambridge, England, in the mid-'60s, and later shared a flat with him in London. He wrote Barrett's last interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 1971; the original draft is included in "Psychedelic Renegades."

The publisher has been taking advance orders for the title since Dec. 10, 2001. It has sold more than 400 copies, "more deluxe than regular copies," according to Craske. "Less than 40 deluxe are remaining. We are confident that we shall sell out."

Regular copies go for $294; deluxe copies cost $750. Orders can be placed at the Genesis Publications Web site, or through the mail: Genesis Publications Ltd., Genesis House, 2 Jenner Rd, Guildford, Surrey, England, GU1 3PL; phone +44 (0) 1483 540970.

Genesis Publications was founded in 1974. The company specializes in signed, limited edition titles focused on modern music.

(Posted: Jan. 11, 2002; Revised Jan. 29, 2002)


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