Syd Barrett & Stars - Photos Needed!

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Syd Barrett & Stars - Photos Needed!

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http://www.neptunepinkfloyd.co.uk/news/?y=05&id=0131

From Mark Sturdy....

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Some of you may remember hearing from me at some point last year when I was looking for material for a Syd Barrett article for Mojo magazine. You may even recall that the article was about Syd's activities around the period 1972/73, and in particular his band Stars, and I was looking for anyone who had any recollections or materials relating to Syd around this time.

Six months later, and while progress on the article hasn't been as swift as I'd anticipated, I've been able to turn up some great stuff. I've been able to speak at length with a number of people who knew and/or worked with Syd around the Stars period, including Jack Monck, Steve Brink, Mick Rock, Clive Wellham and Bernie Elliot (the latter of whom, for those who don't know, jammed with Syd during the Stars period and ultimately replaced him in the band), and a number of people who were able to give eyewitness accounts of the band's performances. I've also done sufficient amounts of digging to be able to say what happened with the various recordings that have been rumoured to exist of the band, and why they've never surfaced, and I'm moving close to being able to categorically say whether or not Syd ever actually recorded, as is alleged, with Steve Took.

So, it's shaping up to be a good story - and, unusually for a Syd Barrett piece these days, one that for the most part hasn't been told before. However, I'm facing one major difficulty: the lack of ANY useable Stars photos, or indeed any photos of Syd Barrett at all from the years 1972, 1973 or 1974. Without these, the article cannot go ahead, so finding some pictures is pretty crucial.

Pictures of Stars definitely exist somewhere. Not only is it an absurd notion that nobody took a photograph of Syd Barrett, a well-known public figure, between 1972 and 1974, but I know of two sets of photos that were definitely taken. These are:


A set of pictures of Stars playing an outdoor gig in Cambridge Market Square in February (?) 1972, taken by an unknown Australian photographer. These were briefly circulated shortly after the performance and both Twink and Jack Monck (independently) remember them being excellent quality.


Pictures taken by the American photographer Victor Kraft. Victor Kraft was a professional photographer who had previously worked with Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland before settling in Cambridge in the early 1970s. He attended most of Stars' performances, and would have taken photographs and made tape recordings of the band. Unfortunately, he died in 1976 and his wife tells me that any possessions that were left in his Cambridge flat were taken (with her permission) by his landlords. Whether these include the Stars material, and what became of it if so, is unknown.





The only picture that I have seen, or even heard of, from either of the above two sources is the one attached to this email. Although poor quality, this shows Syd performing at the Market Square gig and strongly suggests that more photos were taken at the same time.

Another possible source of photos would be if there were any photographers present to photograph the other performers at any of Stars' performances. These would be as follows:

Eddie 'Guitar' Burns - Kings College Cellar, Cambridge, January 1972
Hawkwind / Pink Fairies - Cambridge Corn Exchange, 27 January 1972
MC5 / Skin Alley - Cambridge Corn Exchange, 24 February 1972
Nektar - Cambridge Corn Exchange, 26 February 1972

If any photos exist of those bands on those dates then I want to know about it.

In short, I would urge anyone who has any suggestions, however unlikely, as to possible sources of Stars or Syd photos that would be suitable for this Mojo article, to contact me. Anyone who comes forward with material will be paid if it is used; anyone offering other assistance will be credited in the finsihed piece.

Webmasters - if you'd be willing to put this appeal on your website I'd greatly appreciate it. Feel free to use the photo as well.

Sorry for going on!


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Unfortunately I'm unable to help, but if you see this, Mark, I would like to wish you the best of luck :) I would be keen to read this article, there isn't much info about this part of Syd's career/life.
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Mark is still looking for photos of Syd Barrets band "Stars" for a MOJO article he is working on. If your photo is used, you wil be paid of course.

If you have any photos for Mark, then pelase contact him below. Pleae just contact him about giving him leads on getting some Stars photos.

mark.sturdy at btopenworld.com


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Re: Syd Barrett & Stars - Photos Needed!

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Keith Jordan wrote:He attended most of Stars' performances, and would have taken photographs and made tape recordings of the band.
I read an interview with a member of the band where they said that recordings were made of all the Stars gigs and rehearsals.
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I know Syd was becoming more and more of a recluse during this period, but i'm still surprised that no photos have showed up between February 1972 when a thin, long-haired and bearded Syd played with Stars in Cambridge, and June 1975 when a totally bald, fat Syd turned up at Abbey Road during the WYWH sessions.
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Re: Syd Barrett & Stars - Photos Needed!

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So.... did any Starts featuring Syd Barrett photos ever turn up???
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Keith Jordan wrote:So.... did any Stars featuring Syd Barrett photos ever turn up???
None that I know of. In fact IIRC there are only 3 photos in circulation of Syd taken between 1972 and the end of the 70's. The ones at the Stars gig, Abbey Road in 1975, and Cambridge in 1978.
Just goes to show how reclusive he became.
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Good luck with that. :D