Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett (January 6, 1946 – July 7, 2006)

I was saddened to learn today of the passing of Syd Barrett. For those who don’t know Pink Floyd, Syd was a founder member of the legendary band. But he was never able to realise his full potential, succumbing to mental illness which may or may not have been made worse by substance abuse. As the rest of the band rose to stellar heights, he lived a reclusive life in Cambridge.

But the band never forgot how important his influence was, and even as recently as Live8 last year, Roger Waters remembered to point out that one important member of the band was missing.

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