Going by all the excellent reviews this new book is receiving in the press, this could be the one music book you buy this year! Syd Barrett A Very Irregular Head by Rob Chapman is a 464 page look at Syd Barrett’s life.
Syd Barrett was the lead guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter in the original line up of Pink Floyd. During his brief time with the band (1966-68) he was the driving force behind the unit. After he left the band he made just two further solo albums which were both released in 1970, before withdrawing from public view to lead a quiet, and occasionally troubled life in Cambridge, the town of his birth. Rob Chapman’s book will be the first authoritative and exhaustively researched biography of Syd Barrett that fully celebrates his life and legacy as a musician, lyricist and artist, and which highlights the influence that he continues to have over contemporary bands and music fans alike.
The Independent – “Chapman has interviewed more Barrett family members than any previous biographer. Their reminiscences, and those of the usual Sixties suspects, give the book its dense, patchouli-scented texture. You won’t read a better account of the Cambridge intelligentsia of the 1950s, or the wacky countercultural events of the 1960s than here – the Wholly Communion poetry readings, the Spontaneous Underground parties.”
Links – Buy from Amazon.co.uk [40% off] (may ship around the world, have a look)