- NAME: Syd Barrett
- OCCUPATION: Musician
- BIRTH DATE: January 06, 1946
- DEATH DATE: July 07, 2006
- EDUCATION: Camberwell College of Arts
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
- PLACE OF DEATH: Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Roger Keith Barrett
- AKA: Syd Barrett
- AKA: Roger Barrett
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Guitarist Syd Barrett helped found the psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd. After a mental break forced his departure, he spent 30 years as a painter and recluse.
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After leaving Pink Floyd, Barrett released two albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett, but he played only one concert between 1968 and 1972. In 1972, he joined with Twink and Jack Monck as The Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band, which backed a few visiting musicians in concert. The trio then formed the short-lived band Stars.
In 1996, Barrett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of Pink Floyd, but he did not attend the ceremony.
In 1978, Barrett moved in with his mother in Cambridge, and returned to painting. He also began to garden. He stayed out of the limelight, became annoyed when paparazzi snapped his picture and kept to himself, interacting mostly with his sister, Rosemary. Although he was hospitalized briefly, he was never officially diagnosed with a mental illness or medicated.
Barrett died of pancreatic cancer on July 7, 2006, at the age of 60, in Cambridge, England.
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