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Syd Barrett (An Alternate Pink Floyd)

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Syd Barrett
Background information
Birth name Roger Keith Barrett
Also known as Syd
Born 6 January 1946
Cambridge, England
Genres Rock; R&B
Occupations Musician; singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals; guitar; piano
Years active 1964-1972; 1977-
Labels Harvest; Columbia
Associated acts Pink Floyd; Stars
Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett (born 6 January 1946) is an English musician, singer-songwriter and activist. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Rick Wright and the bassist, Roger Waters.

Barrett's innovative guitar work and exploration of experimental techniques such as dissonance, distortion and feedback influenced many musicians.

Pink Floyd years (1967-1968)

London Underground

Tonite Lets All Make Love in London

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

1968, Slowly departure, Set the Controls and A Saucerful of Secrets

1968 was a completely different year for the Pink Floyd. Through late 1967 and early 1968, Barrett's behaviour became increasingly erratic and unpredictable, partly as a consequence of his reported heavy use of psychedelic drugs, most prominently LSD.

At the early 1968, David Gilmour signed a contract with the Pink Floyd, being the second guitarist, due to problems with Syd Barrett. (POD.: The Pink Floyd pick Syd Barrett when the band was going to a show, and he stays on the Pink Floyd until november. Syd does not play at the day.).

One day, Roger Waters asked Syd: "Instead of release the songs as singles, shall we make an album with these songs?", Syd's answer was a flat "Yes". Apples and Oranges, besides being released as a single, was re-recorded for the album.

Barrett's contribution in "A Saucerful of Secrets" was minimal. He received writing credits on his songs "Vegetable Man" and "Jugband Blues", and with the band in "Reaction", but Syd departed from the Pink Floyd before the album's release.

Early Solo career (1968-1974)

After Pink Floyd's departure

Syd Barrett and Kevin Ayers

Silas Lang

New Solo career (1976-present)


Farming Revolution

Rick Davies



Supertramp offer


Pink Floyd rejoin offer

Musical style change






Moving to Brazil (2003/05)


Last albums (2012/16)

ABRW (Anderson, Barrett, Rabin, Wakeman) (2016-)

Differences with OTL

  • In this timeline, Syd Barrett continued with his musical career after a short rehabilitation from drugs (1974-76).
  • He was part of the tour of Pink Floyd, can see it in albums "Delicate Sound of Thunder" and "PULSE".
  • He also reunited with members of the Pink Floyd in 2005, at the Live 8.

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