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Syd Barrett Book Available as Paperback

Barrett Book in paperback
Syd Barrett, The Definitive Visual Companion now in paperback

If you wind your mind back all the way to March 2011 you will recall that an exceptional book called Barrett was released. It featured an incredible range of rare photographs that told the life story of Syd Barrett and his early Pink Floyd.

You might also recall it was rather expensive – £300 for the signature edition! It was a premium hardback book, printed on luxurious paper and was constructed like a work of art in itself. The signature edition was truly exceptional and worth every penny.

The great news is that a more accessible paperback edition will be available so more fans can enjoy what is an amazing book! The paperback costs £40, has 272 pages and 250 photos. It also has 60,000 words.

The officially authorised book is split into sections covering Pink Floyd, Solo career, Letters and Art. It was created in conjunction with the Barrett family and features lots of goodies the authors having unprecedented access to the family. It had, at that point in 2011, unseen photos, artworks and memorabilia.

Barrett Book Paperback 2020
Barrett Book Paperback 2020

When and How can I get it?

The book is published by Rocket 88 and will be available November 2020.

For the specific date keep an eye on our website. Don’t miss Pink Floyd news, make sure you get on our mailing list with the tens of thousands of other fans!

Also, take a look at the books website and the Official Syd Barrett website

Press Release

This first official book to explore and display Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett’s life and work, and which the TLS called ,“a salutary corrective to previous Barrett studies” will debut in paperback format in November. Previously published as a slip-cased hardback and deluxe, two-volume collector’s edition, the book, described by Floyd fanzine Brain Damage as ‘mesmerizing’ contains the largest collection of Syd Barrett-related images ever assembled. This new edition adds to the catalogue two recently discovered works by Syd.

This is more than a biography of Syd Barrett; while it does trace his life and career, Barrett is an extensive, exhaustive and unique illustrated journey though the man’s art. Compiled with the assistance and cooperation of Syd’s family and Pink Floyd, there are family photographs, love letters, notes and postcards alongside all known drawings and paintings by Syd from his teenage years and throughout his life. There are also rare photographs of Syd with Pink Floyd in concert, rehearsal and at home.

Barrett: The Definitive Visual Companion is unique among books about Pink Floyd in the depth of detail and collection of illustrative material. As one Pink Floyd biographer, Mark Blake, explained when writing in Mojo magazine, “the authors, with the help of the Barrett family and friends, have unearthed a remarkable haul of personal correspondence, previously unpublished photographs and images of all Syd’s known artwork. It’s an extraordinary achievement… Barrett feels like the ultimate work of art.”

More information can be found at www.barrettbook.com, where people are invited to pre-order at a special discount.

Polly Samson and David Gilmour Discussion at Irish Book Festival

The Kindness by Polly Samson
The Kindness by Polly Samson

Writer Polly Samson, who is married to the voice and guitar of Pink Floyd David Gilmour, has a new book out in the UK next week called The Kindness. This is her fourth book following the successful Perfect Lives book of short stories in 2010.

The Independent described the new book as a “gorgeously chilling novel about grief and betrayal.”

Your humble narrator is looking forward to both reading this new book, but also one particular discussion with David and Polly in Ireland this June where they will be discussing their work together.

Polly Samson & David Gilmour Discussion

To support the launch of the book, Polly Samson and David Gilmour will be at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas 2015 where the pair, in their first joint artistic event together, will discuss their songwriting partnership for Pink Floyd and David Gilmour’s solo work.

Borris House Ireland Book Festival
Borris House Ireland Book Festival

The event takes place in Ireland at a beautiful property, Borris House, which is one of the most spectacular houses in Ireland, and sits at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains, on the banks of the River Barrow, in the small village of Borris in the hinterland of South County Carlow.

Polly Samson and Husband David Gilmour
Polly Samson and Husband David Gilmour

Polly Samson wrote lyrics for Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell and the song Louder than Words from Pink Floyd’s final studio album The Endless River.

She also wrote on David Gilmour’s 2006 solo album On an Island and is working on David’s 2015 new album which is currently untitled.

David will of course be touring the new album starting in Croatia in September 2015.

Polly’s new book has been written during some pretty hard times over the past few years including the death of her father who was given an incorrect dosage of medication in hospital, she lost her journalist friend Cassandra Jardine to lung cancer and her son Charlie Gilmour, whose father is English poet Heathcote Williams, was imprisoned for going on the rampage in London which included him being on the bonnet of Prince Charles’ car and climbing up the Cenotaph war memorial in central London. Youth! Amongst all of this, she has written her book and you can read more about it on her website.

A Busy Gilmour Household

David Gilmour playing a saw with a bow
David Gilmour playing a saw with a bow [Pic: Polly Samson 2015]
Polly has her own artistic events going on this year and there will be much discussion in the Gilmour household in Brighton about it I am sure – she is not letting David Gilmour dominate discussions at the dining room table about his new album and tour!

That said, she appears to have ceded a little and bought David a saw and a bow for his 69th birthday! She’s good, Polly. I wonder if it will make an appearance on the tour later this year?

Get A Signed Copy of The Kindness

Polly Samson
Polly Samson [Pic: Linda Nylind]
The Kindness is published in hardback on 12th March in the UK and on 5th May in Australia. Publication date in the USA is 21st July.

You can get a copy of the book signed by Polly Samson with a dedication too.

You can get tickets for the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas – currently on sale are three day passes.