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“I don't believe i am effortless to speak about. i have a really abnormal head. and i am nothing that you simply imagine i'm anyway.”—Syd Barrett’s final interview, Rolling Stone, 1971
Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett (1946–2006) was once, through all money owed, the very definition of a golden boy. Blessed with beauty and a average flair for portray and tune, he was once a charismatic, elfin baby cherished by means of all, who quick turned a teenage chief in Cambridge, England, the place a burgeoning bohemian scene used to be flourishing within the early Nineteen Sixties. in addition to 3 buddies and collaborators—Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason—he shaped what could quickly develop into red Floyd, and rock ’n’ roll was once by no means a similar. beginning as a regular British disguise band aping approximations of yankee rhythm ’n’ blues, they quickly pioneered a completely new sound, and British psychedelic rock used to be born. With early, trippy, Barrett-penned pop hits akin to “Arnold Layne” (about a clothesline-thieving cross-dresser) and “See Emily Play” (written in particular for the epochal “Games For might” concert), crimson Floyd, with Syd Barrett as their major artistic visionary, captured the zeitgeist of “Swinging” London in all its Technicolor glory.
But there has been a dismal facet to all this new-found freedom. Barrett, like such a lot of round him, begun huge amounts of a innovative new drug, LSD, and his already-fragile psychological state—coupled with a character inherently unsuited to the lifetime of a pop star—began to resolve. The as soon as bright-eyed lad used to be quick changed, possible in a single day, by way of a glowering, sinister, dead-eyed shadow of his former self, given to erratic, hugely eccentric, reclusive, and infrequently violent habit. unavoidably sacked from the band, Barrett retreated from London to his mother’s condo in Cambridge, the place he could stay until eventually his dying, simply infrequently visible or heard, extra fueling the mystery.
In the intervening time, red Floyd emerged from the underground to turn into one of many greatest foreign rock bands of all time, liberating multi-platinum albums, many who dealt thematically with the lack of their pal Syd Barrett: The darkish aspect of the Moon, want You have been right here, and The Wall are all, on many degrees, approximately him.
In A Very abnormal Head, journalist Rob Chapman lifts the veil of secrecy that has surrounded the legend of Syd Barrett for almost 4 a long time, drawing on unique entry to relations, associates, data, journals, letters, and paintings to create the definitive portrait of an excellent and tragic artist. along with shooting the entire promise of Barrett’s younger years, Chapman demanding situations the oft-held concept that Barrett was once a hopelessly misplaced recluse in his later years, and creates a portrait of a real British eccentric who's rightfully put inside of a wealthy literary lineage that stretches via Kenneth Graham, Hilaire Belloc, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, John Lennon, David Bowie, and on as much as the pioneers of Britpop.
A tragic, affectionate, and compelling portrait of a novel artist, A Very abnormal Head will stand because the authoritative observe in this very English genius for years to come.

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