The Life of Roger Barrett
After Barrett left Pink Floyd, he completely lost control. In one cine-clip from Wish You Were Here recordings, members of his former band mistook him for an assistant during recording sessions!
This harrowing tale of Syd’s descent into mental illness has been told many times, but this version stands out with never-before-seen shots of him with his former bandmates.
Early Life and Education
Roger Keith Barrett was born January 6, 1946 in Cambridge and attended school alongside future Pink Floyd member Roger Waters – later described by Waters as a battery farm by him in their music video Another Brick in the Wall.
Barrett established Geoff Mott and the Mottoes as part of his teenage musical adventures, alongside fellow musicians Nick Mason and Rick Wright. Through experimenting with sound and performance techniques, and his developing writing abilities.
Beginning shortly after their debut LP was released, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Barrett was negatively affected by his LSD use, often arriving to concerts unprepared or refusing to perform altogether.
Within the short time Pink Floyd existed, Barrett emerged as the poster boy for London’s psychedelic scene, wearing brightly-colored paisley shirts and taking various drugs. Unfortunately, he eventually left the group and turned recluse.
After Barrett left, Waters took on more creative control for their 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon; writing lyrics, conceptualizing its concept and receiving music writing credits on most songs – becoming one of the most influential rock acts ever. It became a massive commercial success.
Wish You Were Here and Animals were followed up with records geared more toward rock/blues/artsy genre. This allowed the group to achieve mainstream appeal while appeasing not all members.
Achievement and Honors
Pink Floyd members Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Rick Wright and Syd Barrett had been working well together prior to releasing their debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn album in 1967; however, after its release drugs and hallucinogens began to have an adverse impact on this once promising group.
He caused division among members by refusing to leave the tour bus or walking off stage before performances, as well as by adding his signature dark edge to A Saucerful of Secrets album songs – this resulted in sales success for A Saucerful of Secrets but left disillusionment between members that never fully returned despite success with A Saucerful of Secrets album itself.
Mary is known for both her academic work and her extracurricular efforts in honors education. She co-directed the Barrett Honors College Fellows Undergraduate Research program and mentored thousands of honors students. As a prominent participant in honors education, Mary has presented at national conferences regarding best practices.
Pink Floyd members John Waters, Syd Barrett and David Gilmour all grew up together in Cambridge – a town built upon the drained marshlands of the Fens. Waters, Barrett and Gilmour all enjoyed similar middle class upbringings and attended similar schools.
In 1968, this band rose to the forefront of London’s psychedelic scene thanks to their wild improvisations and heavy drug use, but eventually Barrett’s mental decline led them to drop him for Waters instead.
Waters took charge and set about reinvigorating the group. He would go on to record classic albums such as Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, while Waters also pursued an impressive solo career, releasing Radio K.A.O.S, an LP about an autistic boy attempting to avoid nuclear warfare; eventually rejoining Mason, Wright and Gilmour for Live 8 global awareness event in 2010.
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After Syd Barrett left, Waters took on an integral role in leading their innovative process and as both lead singer and lyricist. His contributions pushed boundaries of music production – helping pioneer quadrophonic sound while producing some of the most critically-acclaimed albums ever created by Pink Floyd. Royalties from these efforts, combined with profits generated from solo records and live shows have resulted in his net worth reaching $310 Million as of 2021.