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The Lyrics of Syd Barrett Book Feb 21 by Rob Chapman

The Lyrics of Syd Barrett by Rob Chapman book

Omnibus Press will release The Lyrics of Syd Barrett book next year on 18th February and will be available in all good bookstores including Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. It is an official book.

The book has had the involvement of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour who has been carefully checking the lyrics that are included in the book. He mentioned it on his “Von Trapped” family broadcast he has been doing on Covid Lockdown. The book is beautifully illustrated.

Syd of course was the driving force of Pink Floyd when the band was established. It was his songs that firmly established the band on the underground scene and set the tone for decades to come.

Syd was also overly fond of LSD amongst other drugs and this, along with schizophrenia, meant that he drifted away from Pink Floyd – a collection of young lads that wanted to be pop stars – and instead focused on his solo works. His style was whimsical, unbounded and fun.

Syd Barrett Artwork

Exploring the lyrics is just as important as the music, if not more so in Syd’s case. His songs with Syd wanted to be a painter. He loved his artistic creations including the theatre of painting pictures, photographing them, then burning the originals in later life. Looking through the earthly possessions he left behind, which were up for auction after his death, highlighted his playful and artistic nature.

The book features 56 songs and a foreword by Pink Floyd’s first manager, Peter Jenner, and an introduction by Rob Chapman (author of Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head), this beautifully illustrated and official book compiles Syd’s extraordinary lyrics together for the very first time.

There will be another phenomenal book announced shortly so make sure you are getting our newsletter to find out more when I am able to share the fantastic details.

Publisher: Omnibus Press
Publication Date: 18.02.21
ISBN: 9781787602564
Extent: 96 pages
Format: Hardback

I will leave you with this poem handwritten by Syd Barrett. I believe it is called Twigg. It is taken from the thousands of Syd Barrett related photos in our gallery.

Syd Barrett: The Summer of Love Concert in Sweden 2020

Syd Barrett: The Summer of Love
Syd Barrett: The Summer of Love [pic: Giulia Stirpe]

Swedish band Men on the Border are to stage another spectacular concert in tribute to Syd Barrett in August 2020 in Sweden.

Rock band Men On The Border and the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra plan to repeat their 2016 Cambridge success at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, 14th November 2020.

As a very special guest, we are privileged to announce guitarist Janne Schaffer, best-known for his collaborations with ABBA, and his comprehensive solo career. “I loaned Barrett my amp when Pink Floyd played in Stockholm in 1967, so I’m really looking forward to honouring him at Berwaldhallen, where Pink Floyd were presented with the Polar Prize.”

Jan Stumsner, super-guitarist from P-Floyd will also add his own special brand of brilliance to the show.

Syd Barrett: The Summer of Love is based on Syd Barrett’s life before, during and after his time in one of the world’s biggest rock bands, Pink Floyd. The story is narrated by playwright David Gale, a childhood friend of Syd’s and flat-mate when they both moved from Cambridge to London in the mid-1960s.

Music includes interpretations from Barrett’s solo career and selected early Pink Floyd songs. 2020 is also a jubilee year as it is now 50 years since both of Barrett’s solo albums were released (1970).

Visually the show will also be a cut above the norm. Lighting designer Peter Wynne Willson will transport his liquid light show from London to Stockholm to illuminate Berwaldhallen. Wynne Willson originally created the liquid light for Pink Floyd in 1967 and toured with them for several years. In the intervening years he again toured with Pink Floyd for “The Division Bell” tour and has also worked with U2, Roger Waters and many others.

We all need something to look forward to, and this concert promises to be something special, should the COVID-19 restrictions be lifted by then. The final decision will be taken ahead of the ticket release in August. An alternative concert date in the spring of 2021 is also reserved.

Men On The Border started in 2011 and the first album “Shine!” was released in 2012, entirely composed of interpretations of Syd Barrett’s solo songs. This has been followed by many more recordings and the album Blackbird is planned for release in June this year. Current members: Göran Nyström, Phil Etheridge, Odd Westby and Michael Wahlin. At Berwaldhallen Amanda Örtenhag will also join the band.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on August 21, at 10.00 CET: Berwaldhallen.se