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1981 Essex, Syd Barrett with sister Rosemary and mother Winifred

Rosemary Breen, Sister of Syd Barrett

Home / Band Members / Family: Rosemary Breen Rosemary Breen is the sister of the late Roger Keith ‘Syd’ Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd. Rosemary was the youngest sibling of 5 and grew up in Cambridge, England. The other members of the family were eldest brother Alan Barrett, second eldest Don Barrett, sister Ruth Barrett, brother Roger Keith Syd Barrett. The parents were very highly regarded father and pathologist Dr Arthur Barrett and mother Winifred Barrett (née Heeps). Dr Arthur Barrett sadly died in 1961when Syd and Rosemary were still in their teens. Winifred would pass away much later on 30th September 1991. In terms of chosen career, Rosemary Breen would go on to become a nurse working in London at St Georges Hospital, and would later look after her brother in later life once he came back to Cambridge. Later Life and Care for Syd Barrett Through various...

1981 Essex, Syd Barrett with sister Rosemary and mother Winifred

Syd Barrett: The Man Beyond the Myth, with his Sister Rosemary

The Fingal’s Cave Podcast recently granted us a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of the enigmatic Syd Barrett through a personal interview with his sister, Rosemary Breen. The hour-long session delved into a multitude of topics, unravelling some of the mystery that has long shrouded her brother. Its a great interview about Syd Barrett and his story and not to be missed. Syd Barrett the Artist Rosemary painted a picture of Syd not as the quintessential rock star many might assume, but as an artist at his core. “Music was a hobby, the art was him,” she explained, driving home the point that for Barrett, celebrity was an alien concept, something he neither sought after nor understood. Rosemary suggested, “He never wanted celebrity, he didn’t understand it”. Syd’s interactions with music and sound were personal explorations of art, not attempts to top the charts or bask in the...