mel_pa (mel_pa) wrote in syd_barrett,

The City Wakes

Here is a link to the City Wakes: a Tribute to Syd Barrett October 22--November 1 in Cambridge, England.

If you are going can you send us a webcast?

This is my poem for the occasion, don't surprised if I keep revising this entry:

Come yo! To the Syd Festival!

Cambridge celebrates their own! Party together or party alone, take in in the red, orange, gold,of fall!

The City Wakes!

The City Wakes!

The reaction to Syd's passing--hey--wasn't what I anticipated!
Fans used to disturbing at Syd's door,
Syd's free, we're free to speak out more!

July 7, 2006 now Oct 2008.

Today Syd rules, anniverary in its terrible twos!

Roger Waters said:
And that's kind of what I wrote about in Shine On You Crazy Diamond and I still feel that sense of loss. I guess part of me thought when he died in some sense it was a release I think he was deeply unhappy I really do however much people said well he was pottering about in his garden building odd bits of furniture in his house. I can't help feeling there's a part of the extraordinarily creative bit of the psyche that remembers what it was like to be able to function on that level and is distressed by it. Not being able to do it anymore

Nick Mason on "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" session:
"When I think about it, I can still see his eyes, but... it was everything else that was different"

I don't think any of us had seen him in the intervening period. It was indicated pretty clearly to us by the family that Syd found it distressing to be reminded of the old days. So we stayed away.


"I think, looking back on it now, what we should have probably done was just let him go much, much earlier instead of desperately trying to keep the thing going and to keep Syd on side, which did him no good at all."

"Pink Floyd wouldn't exist without Syd. If ever there was a record that marks a period of music history, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, with Syd's songs, is absolutely part of it. It's something that we never discovered again, not with Rick's or Roger's or David's writing, that sort of whimsical English vein".


Screw the Brylcreem story and Mandrax pills,
magic and music are mad skills!
Recovery unknown, unclear.
Who would you believe over the years?
Mental breakdown, acid-head impaired?

Pink Floyd living large,
David Gilmour in charge,
payday royalty check on its way
Gilmour declared Syd a fair share,
more dough from "Echoes" album Syd take what was owed,
and walk straight home,
finally live alone!

David Gilmour:

( Gilmour was invited to the recording session for the band’s second single ‘See Emily Play', and recalls even then that Syd didn’t recognise him.) ‘He looked through you. He wasn’t quite there.’

"None of us recognised him. Shaved...shaved bald head and very plump".

I lost Syd 30 years ago.

(Gilmour) "[made] sure the money [got] to him all right

Soon Richard Wright was on a due date boat,too)

Richard Wright "Shine on.."
"One thing that really stands out in my mind, that I'll never forget; I was going in to the "Shine On" sessions. I went in the studio and I saw this guy sitting at the back of the studio, he was only as far away as you are from me. And I didn't recognize him. I said, 'Who's that guy behind you?' 'That's Syd'. And I just cracked up, I couldn't believe it... he had shaven all his hair off... I mean, his eyebrows, everything... he was jumping up and down brushing his teeth, it was awful. And, uh, I was in, I mean Roger was in tears, I think I was; we were both in tears. It was very shocking... seven years of no contact and then to walk in while we're actually doing that particular track. I don't know – coincidence, karma, fate, who knows? But it was very, very, very powerful.

The City Wakes!

The City Wakes!

Word from sis,
Don't diss,
sib Rog AKA Syd,
only needing an artist's paintbrush, a hoe, DIY,
and a two-wheel ride.

"If he’s not too busy in the middle of a cosmic reunion jam with Rick Wright you could do worse than let Syd Barrett know there’s a fantastic new single coming out very soon in his honour. Sonically, it’s nothing like his blend of off-kilter psychedelia, but the Trashcan Sinatras have created a luscious and bluesy 6 and a half minutes plus track that’s a worthy contendor for Single of the Year
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