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Remembering Syd Barrett

Posted July 7, 2016 by Floydian Slip

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Remembering Syd Barrett
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Winners: Mojo featuring Syd Barrett

Posted May 16, 2016 by Floydian Slip

271-June-2016Congratulations to winners of copies of the new Mojo magazine, featuring Syd Barrett on the cover:

  • Marty Burch
    Bulverde TX
  • John Martens
    Crystal Lake IL
  • Peter Moore
    Hatfield MA
  • Mark Vatousiou
    Feedinghills MA

The magazine devotes 19 pages to the late Pink Floyd co-founder and the band’s early years.


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Win: Mojo featuring Syd Barrett

Posted May 9, 2016 by Floydian Slip

271-June-2016Register to win a copy the new Mojo magazine featuring Syd Barrett. The magazine devotes 19 pages to the late Pink Floyd co-founder and the band’s early years.

Included are two high-quality Floyd poster reproductions on heavy, coated stock; and a 14-track CD of “modern psychedelia” in a sleeve that harkens back to Floyd’s “Arnold Layne” single.

Register to win now


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Syd Barrett on cover of Mojo

Posted April 25, 2016 by Floydian Slip

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Syd Barrett is on the cover of the new Mojo magazine, hitting U.K. newsstands tomorrow.

The magazine devotes 19 pages to the late Pink Floyd co-founder and the band’s early years.

Included are two high-quality Floyd poster reproductions on heavy, coated stock; and a 14-track CD of “modern psychedelia” housed in a sleeve that harkens back to Floyd’s “Arnold Layne” single.

We’ll be giving away some copies on an upcoming “Floydian Slip.”


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Play about Syd Barrett to premiere in Scotland

Posted January 29, 2016 by Floydian Slip

bissett“One Thinks of it All as a Dream,” a new play focused on Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett, will premiere at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) in Glasgow in October.

SMHAFF commissioned the piece from Scottish novelist and playwright Alan Bissett (pictured).

“I … wanted to explore his multi-faceted character. He was by turns charismatic, selfish, principled and vulnerable. The legend of ‘Mad Syd’ has been enshrined in rock lore, but I wanted to get past the acid-casualty cliches to try and find the man beneath, in all his complexity,” says Bissett on the SMHAFF website.

“I took the decision to go backwards and forwards in time, through all the periods of Barrett’s life, to try and gain some understanding of the entwined roots of creativity and mental illness, as well as the various impulses which might have driven him to reject the modern world,” he adds.

The work’s title comes from a Barrett quote included in a 1971 Melody Maker interview.

“There are several characters in the show, but most of them are peripheral ‘journalists’ or ‘fans’,” Bissett tells Floydian Slip. “The three main characters, I suppose you could say, are Syd, Roger Waters and R.D. Laing, the psychiatrist. None of the rest of the Floyd are characters in the show.

“The show is not officially sanctioned in any way, and we haven’t had any contact with Syd’s family,” he adds. “I wouldn’t have written this play while Syd was still alive, but he is a historical figure now, to an extent.”

“One Thinks of it All as a Dream” will premiere at Glasgow’s Oran Mor in October and then move to the Traverse in Edinburgh and the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.

This year is the 70th anniversary of Barrett’s birth, and 10th anniversary of his death.

Learn more at the SMHAFF website

Addendum: This story was revised Jan. 31 to include additional exclusive quotes from Alan Bissett.


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Remembering Syd Barrett

Posted July 7, 2015 by Floydian Slip

Remembering Syd Barrett (Jan. 6, 1946-July 7, 2006)

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Details/corrections: Syd Barrett documentary

Posted June 27, 2015 by Floydian Slip

syd-barrettYesterday we reported on an upcoming documentary film devoted to Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett.

We’ve since make contact with a source close to the project who offered more details and a couple of corrections of statements originally published by NME and Mojo.

The film’s full working title is “Barrett: Have You Got It Yet?” And, contrary to yesterday’s reports, the film is not scheduled for release later this year. The source tells us the film hasn’t yet been completed, and will likely be released in mid-2016. In fact, director Roddy Bogawa recently completed four days of shooting in London, interviewing drummer Jerry Shirley of Humble Pie, who recorded with Barrett after he left Floyd.

The project began while Bogawa was working on “Taken By Storm,” his 2012 film about Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson. Ron Dickinson of Catherine Wheel attended a Los Angeles showing of “Taken By Storm” and suggested to Thorgerson that Bogawa make a film about Barrett.

According to our source, Thorgerson “was at almost all of the interviews,” including those with Floyd’s David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters.

Our source tell us the filmmakers have also interviewed “former Pink Floyd managers, lighting director, childhood friends, girlfriends, etc.

“Because Storm grew up with many of these people, he not only knows the cast of characters well, but also was able to elicit … more honest interviews from his old friends,” the source adds.

Others interviewed so far include photographer Mick Rock and Julian Palacios, author of “Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd: Dark Globe” (2010).

The film’s team includes producer Orian Williams, a producer of the 2007 film “Control” about Joy Division‘s Ian Curtis.


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Syd Barrett documentary coming

Posted June 26, 2015 by Floydian Slip

syd-barrett“Have You Got It Yet?,” a new documentary about Syd Barrett, will be released later this summer.

Directed by Roddy Bogawa, the film focuses on the life and brief musical career of the Pink Floyd co-founder and features interviews with surviving band members.

Bogawa is the director of 2012’s “Taken By Storm,” a documentary about the late Floyd sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson.

The film takes it title from a lost Floyd track: Legend has it Barrett tried to teach his bandmates a new song he’d written, while intentionally changing the tune each time he played it for them, asking “Have You Got It Yet?”

Addendum: This story has been corrected and expanded


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Syd Barrett single coming Record Store Day

Posted March 11, 2015 by Floydian Slip

dark-globe-45-smRhino will release Syd Barrett‘s “Dark Globe,” backed with R.E.M.’s cover of the same, as a 45 single on Record Store Day April 18.

The single, pressed on gold, white, red and black mixed vinyl, is part of Rhino’s Side By Side 7″ singles series, exclusive to Record Store Day.

Record Store Day began in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees to promote the nearly 1,400 independently-owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

Learn more and find a participating store online.


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Syd Barrett catalog to be reissued on vinyl

Posted June 28, 2014 by Floydian Slip

barrett_lpRhino Records and Parlophone will reissue Syd Barrett‘s three solo albums on heavy-weight vinyl this summer.

The companies will offer “The Madcap Laughs” (1970), “Barrett” (1970) and “Opel” (1988) as 180-gram LPs, sporting the original yellow and green Harvest label.

The records will drop June 30 in the U.K., and arrive in the U.S. July 8.

Barrett released “The Madcap Laughs” and “Barrett” both in 1970, shortly after departing Pink Floyd. Floyd’s David Gilmour and Roger Waters helped produce the material, with Gilmour and Rick Wright appearing on the recordings.

“Opel” is a collection of alternate takes released long after Barrett became reclusive.


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