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City Wakes - Official Tribute to Syd Barrett Info

Post by Keith Jordan » Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:27 pm

Read News Story - http://www.neptunepinkfloyd.co.uk/news/?y=08&id=0907
Press Release - http://www.neptunepinkfloyd.co.uk/text/ ... ribute.doc (Word Doc)

Full List of Events - http://www.neptunepinkfloyd.co.uk/text/ ... t-List.doc (Word Doc)


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The death of Pink Floyd founder and sixties icon Syd Barrett in July 2006 was greeted with great sadness all over the world. Though his star shone but briefly, Syd’s creativity continues to inspire generations of musicians; he perhaps more than any other artist sowed the seeds of the creative flowering that characterised the 60’s underground psychedelic movement.

The City Wakes will be the world’s first official tribute to Syd Barrett and will incorporate a series of multi-faceted events that are expected to generate considerable international interest.

Premiering in Syd’s hometown of Cambridge, before transferring to London, The City Wakes is an ambitious insight into Syd’s early life, organised by arts and mental health charity and professional production house Escape Artists, which will celebrate the creative mind of this fascinating figure.

The series of exciting events has the full support of Syd’s family and friends. Highlights will include:

* An exhibition of Syd Barrett paintings including many never seen before works, displayed alongside extremely rare Syd Barrett related memorabilia, original pieces from Pink Floyd’s legendary designer Storm Thorgerson, and archival photos from world-famous photographer Mick Rock.

* Concert performances presenting fresh interpretations of Syd’s greatest songs. Directed by award-winning musician and composer, Simon Gunton, the production will showcase specially-created video art and stunning Floyd-esque lighting displays and will culminate in a one-off gala performance of the concert.

* A new book of interviews and memorabilia, based on the memories and collections of Syd's friends and family. Focussing on Syd's early life and the exciting Cambridge cultural scene in which he was such key figure, the book includes interviews, photos, drawings and letters that have never been seen in print before.

* Special guided tours for fans of all the major Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd-related historic sites in Cambridge.

* Music workshops under the expert eye of The City Wakes Musical Director, Simon Gunton offering members of the public the opportunity to explore the surreal genius behind Syd’s wonderfully unorthodox music and lyrics.

* A recreation of a 1960s-style ‘happening’ – directed and hosted by a group of Syd’s former friends here.

* Storm Thorgerson’s first ever solo exhibition in Cambridge. Mind Over Matter: Images of Pink Floyd will contain photographs of over 60 of Storm’s Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett related works.



The City Wakes tribute to Syd Barrett is supported by his friends and family. Friends of Syd’s who are contributing to the project include Pink Floyd’s long-time art collaborator Storm Thorgerson, Syd’s famous photo-biographer Mick Rock, internationally renowned stage craftsman Stephen Pyle, actor and author Matthew Scurfield and Syd’s close friend David Gale.

Beat poet and author William Pryor, film director Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon and film maker and internationally renowned glass artist Anthony Stern will also be involved. The City Wakes is a chance for the City of Cambridge, and Syd Barrett fans from all over the world to pay tribute to a very special talent.


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Syd’s sister Rosemary Breen said:

“I am thrilled to be involved in this project. Syd, my brother, was someone for whom creativity was as necessary as breathing. His music and painting were such an integral part of his being that without them he couldn’t function.”

Escape Artists’ Director and Producer of The City Wakes, Matthew Taylor commented:

“It's a great privilege to be involved in this project. Syd Barrett's breakthrough hits for Pink Floyd made a big impression on me when I was young. I never thought, some forty years later, that I'd be able to assist in bringing those songs to new audiences and in helping to stage an exhibition of Syd's paintings in his hometown. The fact that this is all happening in Cambridge, the city in which the Pink Floyd story began, and that so many of Syd's old friends are getting back together, through The City Wakes, to celebrate his achievements, only adds to the unique and special nature of the events.”

The City Wakes Musical Director, Simon Gunton, commented:

“Syd was an unbelievably talented musician and to be able to work with his songs is a real honour. It seems to me that one of the great things about Syd was that he never played a song quite the same way twice. It’s amazing to be able to carry on that tradition; the insight and creative input of the mental health care service users with whom I’m working has been just incredible and his given me a whole new perspective on Syd’s music.”

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Re: City Wakes - Official Tribute to Syd Barrett Info

Post by Keith Jordan » Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:35 pm

So.... is anyone going to any of the events being held for this?? :)

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Post by theshockofthenew » Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:14 am

Maybe, maybe not. Haven't decided yet. I'm a last minute kind of girl.

What about you? You live in England so technically, you have no excuse.
You may want to check this site out if you're interested. There's a whole sub-forum dedicated to the City Wakes event. Don't worry it's not a rival site or anything - only Barrett related.

http://www.latenightdiscussion.com/

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Re: City Wakes - Official Tribute to Syd Barrett Info

Post by ddebil » Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:34 am

It's awesome. I came over all warm and glowing with the kind folk there and the absence of petty squabbles.
(Excuse me whilst I crack one off - do carry on)

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Re: City Wakes - Official Tribute to Syd Barrett Info

Post by Duckboy » Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:10 am

no money for air fares

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Post by Beowulf » Thu Sep 11, 2008 5:02 pm

If I happen to be over that side of the country for any reason - but no, I wouldn't make a special trip. It all seems a little sycophantic somehow. The guy was great; he will be missed; he's gone; let us have the memories without regurgitating them for other purposes.

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Re: City Wakes - Official Tribute to Syd Barrett Info

Post by Floydian » Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:40 pm

I was really excited when I first about this...but it's impossible for me to make it.

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Re: City Wakes - Official Tribute to Syd Barrett Info

Post by Keith Jordan » Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:34 pm

I may try and go see some of it. But it is so far away from where I live!! Although I guess it is much further for some people who dont live in England!!

They should take it on tour and bring it to Manchester or Liverpool. I must suggest it to them!! 8)



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Post by The Madcap The Show » Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:27 pm

Hi, I'm Malcolm Boyle; the writer and performer of The Madcap - a show about Syd Barrett. I\ve revised and relaunched the show since Syd's death, and following a successful show at the ICA last year, it's being performed as part of The City Wakes festival.

To find out more about the show and book tickets, please visit this link:

http://www.thecitywakes.org.uk/whats_on/madcap.htm

I'd love to get feedback from Syd and Floyd fans who've seen the show. Take a look at the show's MySpace site:

www.myspace.com/themadcaptheshow

Hope to meet some of you there..

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Post by jrdouglas » Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:37 pm

Hi all,
My name is John Douglas and I am writing to inform you of a Syd Barrett inspired song by my band, The Trashcan Sinatras, being released in conjunction with the Syd Barrett Tribute Events at The City Wakes Festival in Cambridge. The proceeds go to the Syd Barrett Trust, an affiliated charity associated with Escape Artists, one of the charities directors is Rosemary Breen, Syd's sister.

Here is a link to The City Wakes website with information about the song, it's inspiration and release dates.

http://www.thecitywakes.org.uk/cool_stu ... natras.htm

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Post by Bea Day » Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:05 am

theshockofthenew wrote:Maybe, maybe not. Haven't decided yet. I'm a last minute kind of girl.

What about you? You live in England so technically, you have no excuse.
You may want to check this site out if you're interested. There's a whole sub-forum dedicated to the City Wakes event. Don't worry it's not a rival site or anything - only Barrett related.

http://www.latenightdiscussion.com/
Don't worry, not a competition at all... :lol: are you dissing us...eeeh eeh shockoftheeehh, you should have found a new nick easier to write .. :lol:
Not going to do any advertising but it is dedicated to him, yes. We discuss PF as well, as naturally most of us are PF fans too, post- Syd, but perhaps not post "The Wall"... :? But I agree, quite different, we switch food recipes, discuss all kinds of music, any kind of topic really and post pretty pictures of our terriers, or at least I do...very nice and cosy place indeed! :smt057

But seriously, anyone who has the opportunity to attend this should come and it is for a good cause....and who doesn't want to have a chat with Mick Rock or Storm Thorgerson, see all the places that was important to all of the Cambridge boys and hear what their peers has to say in nice little pubs? The program above is not finished yet, and I think I have mentioned before that this is a once in a lifetime experience, will probably never happen in this scale with all these people contributing.

So Mr. Jordan :D I am traveling from Norway...what is your excuse?

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Re: City Wakes - Official Tribute to Syd Barrett Info

Post by Keith Jordan » Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:05 pm

Bea Day wrote:So Mr. Jordan :D I am traveling from Norway...what is your excuse?
I will say broken jaw.... and that perhaps some of the events will come up North a little closer to home!! 8)

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Post by Bea Day » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:08 pm

Hmm, I will send you a thought while I eat some cheese, remembering the great books I bought in Chester, the crooked tower of the church spire in Chesterfield, but it will all fade like the Cheshire Cat, only leaving a smile behind, when the fun begins in Cambridge :wink: :)

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Post by theshockofthenew » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:32 pm

Bea Day wrote: Don't worry, not a competition at all... :lol: are you dissing us...eeeh eeh shockoftheeehh, you should have found a new nick easier to write .. :lol:
Ahhh ok! :? How was anything I wrote a diss to Latenight or any of the forum members there? Some mods don't like links to other sites so I was explaining that it was a predominantly Barrett related site, nothing more.

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Re: City Wakes - Official Tribute to Syd Barrett Info

Post by Bea Day » Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:47 pm

Relax, I was teasing you! :D Didn't you see the smileys? I doubt any members here or there took offense, not me at least, I just observe for a girl who is mostly into Barrett is spending most of her time here and not there....anymore :wink:

I once told you this was the "big scary world" for me, Neptune, afraid of the serious boys with the great stereos in thousands, despite my stereo is darn good for a girl and I did play DSOTM when I tested the B&O record player before buying it in 89 :oops: :) Afraid to jump in, satisfied with only being a lurker.

Enough of that, and you must admit that nick is difficult! :lol:

And no offense to you Mr. Jordan, this is a great place, it is just so awfully big, so it is hard to get a hold of it all together other than to put in a comment on a sleeve or two once in a while in the general PF-talk, or a general comment , or as of now try to get more PF fans to come to Cambridge. Here on this site. The more, the merrier. As mentioned, will be lots of stuff relevant not only for Piper/Barrett fans, but the rest as well. PF history! :)
And walking in "Grantchester Meadows" I suppose will be beautiful this time of the year :)

Aah, BTW Mojo this October killed any hope one might have had of Gilmour showing up for the gala night and as for Rick :cry: I just don't see either Mason or Waters showing up, but if any, my guess would be Waters... :shock: Have no idea why, but....and where did all the money come from???? In June they had no instruments because they were stolen and the whole thing was in jeopardy of not happening, and now...this gigantic project :shock:
Any ideas as to where the money came from???