Syd Barrett Biography
Died: July 7, 2006, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
A key figure in the development of London's underground music scene during the late 1960s and -- despite his rather brief period of activity -- a continuing influence on popular (and unpopular) music onward into the 21st century. Unfortunately, soon after achieving success with Pink Floyd, he began to suffer from a severe mental illness, possibly exacerbated by drug use, from which he never fully recovered. Having become increasingly unpredictable in person and unreliable as performer, he was pushed out of the band in 1968. He continued with a brief solo career for a couple of years, before leaving the music industry and spending the rest of his life living in relative seclusion.