From the late '60s to the early '70s, Pink Floyd grew from a British experimental rock band exploring the outer edges of the psychedelic experience to one of the world's most popular and revered rock groups. But one of the group's key members didn't last the full ride with the band -- Syd Barrett, the songwriter and singer who sparked the group's early hits and led the charge on their debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, descended into an introspective madness which was compounded by his ravenous enthusiasm for LSD. The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story is a documentary which examines Pink Floyd's first flash of fame, Barrett's rise and tragic fall, and how the group moved on without him while acknowledging his influence on the album Wish You Were Here. The documentary features rare performance footage, interviews with David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, and memories from a handful of friends and associates of the band.
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Extended interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Nick Mason and Robyn Hitchcock.; "Love You" track with Graham Coxon.
'The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett' story was done in 2001, five years prior to Syd's death, so it's nice to know that Roger, David, Rick & Nick paid tribute to him while he was still around. They all speak highly of him (perhaps Nick's reflections aren't as sentimental), knowing that Syd was responsible for starting the band. I wasn't expecting any recent interview with Syd himself (as I know it, after he dropped out of the music business in the early '70s, he did it in the most extreme sense - he probably never realized years on how influential he was), but the vintage Pink Floyd footage and the interviews tell the story very nicely. If you're a Pink Floyd fan, only familiar with the 'Dark Side of the Moon' and everything after, I recommend getting this DVD to get a good glimpse of the man largely responsible for starting the whole thing off. The 'Wish You Were Here' album really was influenced by Syd Barrett -- not musically but spiritually - Richard Wright recalls the time Syd ambled into the studio as the band was recording the album, and how they barely recognized him (one of those bizarre rock n roll stories, but true).