Roger Keith Barrett, 6 January 1946, Cambridge, England, d. 7 July 2006, Cambridge, England. One of English pops most enigmatic talents, Barrett embraced music in the early 60s as a member of Geoff Mutt and the Mottoes, a local group modelled on Cliff Richard And The Shadows. He acquired his Syd sobriquet while attending Cambridge High School (a misspelt reference to local drummer Sid Barrett), where his friends included Roger Waters and David Gilmour. Gilmour joined Barrett on a busking tour of Europe where their folk-based repertoire was peppered with songs by the Rolling Stones. Barrett then took up a place at Londons Camberwell School Of Art, alternating his studies with a spell in an aspiring R&B act, the Hollering Blues. Waters, a student of architecture at Regent Street Polytechnic, had meanwhile formed his own group, at that point dubbed the (Screaming) Abdabs. In 1965 he invited Barrett to join his group, which took the name the...
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