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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Today In Syd History

14 hour technicolor dream, joe boyd
On April 29 1967, Pink Floyd took a early morning ferry to Holland to perform a gig for the Dutch TV program 'Fan Club' in Amsterdam (venue unknown). Later that day, they returned to England for the gig (often described as the apex of performances given by Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd) in the early morning hours of April 30 - the legendary 14 Hour Technicolour Dream, (International Times Free Speech Benefit) at the Alexandra Palace in London. The rumours persist that this concert was filmed in its entirety (there were 2 film crews in attendance), and although there is footage of John Lennon amongst the crowd and Yoko Ono directing a 'happening' (John and Yoko hadn't met at this point), a visual recording of Pink Floyd's magical set still remains the Holy Grail amongst Sydfans. For an in depth description of this event, check out this excerpt from Julian Palacios' book 'Lost In The Woods' at:

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Pink Floyd on Tomorrow's World 1/17/68

Tomorrow's World look at one of Mike Leonard's 'light machines' which is to be used on the 1967 Christmas edition of 'Top Of The Pops'. Collaborators The Pink Floyd provide the music and make a brief appearance (as do The Tremeloes). This is the complete segment as broadcast. Watch out for the little Siamese cat jumping through the letterbox at the beginning!

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Pink Floyd - Astronomi Domine '67

Rare Corporal Clegg Video, Pink Floyd

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Soft Machine, UFO Club, London, 2nd June 1967

'Poem for Hoppy' by Daevid Allen. Flim & Lightshow Projections: Mark Boyle & Joan Hills. P&C Boyle Family Archive.

This bit was released to promote the upcoming show in Manchester- Futuresonic 2007. This will occur May 10, 11, 12. Supposedly, they will be playing unreleased Pink Floyd from UFO!

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Sunday, April 22, 2007


Friday, April 20, 2007

Syd's Octopus Ride: Re-armed & Still Rotating !

Here's something a bit different. While thinking about Octopus influences, I wondered about the funfairs Syd attended as a child. The Cambridge Midsummer Fair is one of the oldest and biggest in the country (over 800 years) and happens for two days around Midsummer's Eve in late June. So its quite a hot topic on the National Fairground Archive, and I was able to find several photos of the event between 1956 and 64,when Syd was aged 10-18.

You can find more of them in a Photobucket album here:

I couldn't find a picture of an Octopus ride at Cambridge from this era, but I did find others from the same region, so they're in the album too. Looking at the other rides, the name `Thurston' crops up repeatedly. Stanley and John Thurston were members of a Cambridge family who still operate fun fair attractions at the Midsummer Fair today, specialising in `white knuckle rides'.

Then I came across a history of each Octopus machine built by Lusse (and subsequently by Hayes) and discovered that Octopus No. 11 was owned by S. and J. Thurston between 1958 and 1960.

Did Syd ride this Octopus in his youth ? This sketch, from one of his letters to Libby Gausen, seems to include two or three Octopus arms and is captioned: "Jolly good drawing of summer fair to bring back memory".

If he did, the machine continued in use for many years in the UK, then was eventually sold to James Hudson in Ireland (in fact several Octopi ended up in Ireland). From James Hudson, No. 11 was sold to Bill McCormick, who used parts of Octopus No. 41 to make repairs in 2004.

And rather astonishingly, it's still going. The final pictures are of Octopus 11 in 2001 and 2004.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Dark Stuff, by Nick Kent, Republished

the dark stuff nick kentA classic of rock journalism has been updated with Johnny Cash, Phil Spector and Sly Stone making their way into its pages of infamy. Kent has assembled some of rock'n'roll's freakiest stories, be it Syd Barrett rubbing Mandrax tranquilizers and Bryll cream into his hair or up-close- and-personal encounters with the Rolling Stones, these profiles pull the mask off rock stardom to offer up portraits of altered states.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Buffalo's Syd Barrett birthday bash now on YouTube!

syd barrett buffalo tributePOSTED ON LAUGHING MADCAPS:

This would be an entire episode of the "Let's Go Buffalo" public-access cable TV show. It first aired a few weeks ago and is still in weekly rotation, butthanks to YouTube you don't need to plan a quick Buffalo vacation just to watch.

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Buffalo, NY fourth annual Syd Barrett tribute - now on YouTube

This would be an entire episode of the Let's Go Buffalo public-access cable TV show. It first aired a few weeks ago and is still in weekly rotation, but thanks to YouTube you don't need to plan a quick Buffalo vacation just to watch.

Part 1 of 3:

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Scarecrow Film in HD: Record Collector Article


PINK FLOYD Scarecrow (Pathe News)
Filmed in Northwich, Cheshire. 8 July 1967

On the morning of Saturday 8 July 1967. Pink Floyd found themselves at Cheshire's Brereton Local Nature Reserve to film a surreal and highly colourfu1 Pathe News clip for the Syd Barrett penned track “Scarecrow”.

THe flip-side of their current single, “See Emily Play”, it was taken from their soon-to-be-released debut album “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn”. When the final edit was unveiled, Flovd fanatics and music lovers alike were treated to two colour-drenched minutes of Messrs Mason, Waters, Barrett and Wright dressed in full 60s hippie regalia, wandering aimlessly through the reserve's cornfields, sitting in trees, appearing from behind bushes, sunbathing on the grass and swapping hats with a scarecrow. Against the backdrop of that hot, sun-drenched summer's day, we also witnessed a mock gun fight between Nick Mason and Roger Waters, In this light-hearted exchange, the latter mock-shot Nick in the hand. He managed to fire back at Roger, who playfully falls down and plays dead in the grass. Another sequence in the film saw Barrett pick up a scarecrow, carry it through the woods and stick it on the edge of a swampy pond.

Although extremely short, the film remains one of the most famous, iconic music clips to come out of the Swinging 60s. Following the film's limited release to UK cinemas on 21 September 1967, and numerous excerpts of it appearing in various 60s retrospectives and Floyd documentaries, the clip was placed back into the Pathe News archives, alongside four minutes of outtakes from the shoot, which featured additional tree-sitting, grass-lounging and cornfield-wandering. The most memorable un-broadcast shots include alternate (but laugh-marred} mock gun fights between Mason and Waters and two further attempts by Barrett to place the scarecrow in the murky pond.

Previously believed to exist only in 16mm print form, in July last year (coincidentally at the time of Syd Barrett’s unfortunate death) researchers trawling through the ITN / Pathe vaults came across the original 35mm negatives of the film. The impeccably preserved reels included the edited released version, as well as the aforementioned unscreened outtakes. Naturally, the amazing discovery received heavy coverage in UK newspapers, newsites around the world, and of course, here in Record Collector. Immediately after the unearthing, those in charge of the ITN library ordered the negatives to be transferred to a modern, high quality format. This has now been completed and Pink Floyd’s antics in a Cheshire field on a hot summer’s morning back in July 1967 can now be enjoyedforever by future generations.

Having been treated to an exclusive airing of this newly remastered footage, RC can state that it is sensational. The film has never looked so clear and vibrant. Ross Landau, head of music at ITN Source, said, ‘The outtakes from the British Pathe archive are the first piece of our music content to be digitised into a High Definition format. This unique footage captures one of the greatest bands of our time at the pinnacle of their career and the transfer ensures it will be preserved for years to come. You can still see the 0rignal Technicolour version at Regarding the music, the final words must come from Floyd's Rick Wright: 'Just listen to Syd's songs, the imagination he had. If he hadn't had this complete breakdown, he could easily be one of the greatest songwriters today. [What happened is] one of the saddest stories in rock’n’roll... He was brilliant and such a nice guy.’

Keith Badman. With thanks to Ross Landau and John Nolan RC 145

Sunday, April 8, 2007


14 hour technicolor dream

During the "Week van de psychedelica" (april 22 - 29) three Dutch radio stations are joining forces.

Saturday Dutch alternative classical radio station De Concertzender will broadcast the night of the psychedelica.

Between 19:00 PM - 09:00 AM CET (13:00-03:00 EST, 10:00-01:00 MST, etc...) 14 hours of "Technicolor Dream" music will be broadcasted.

First hour: "Technicolor Films" psychedelic music in films
Second hour: "Door de technicolor mazen van het net" = "Through the Technicolor meshes of the Net" (hard to translate)
Third 4 hours: Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd's first producer) and The UFO club
Fourth 6 hours: Chosen live from the vast psychedelic record collection of Hans von Seydlitz (a.o. Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Tomorrow, The Move, The Smoke, Yardbirds, Arthur Brown).
Fifth part, one hour: "Brilliant but failed" a.o. Mark Wirtz's Teenage Opera.
Sixth part: one hour: "Curt Boettcher, too good to be true", a documentary.
Seventh part: Chill out, nonstop sunshine pop.
You can listen live from the Concertzender's website

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Revisiting Britain's Technicolor Dream, 40 years on

The 14-hour psychedelic spectacular that changed a nation is to be brought back to life
By Anthony Barnes, Arts and Media Correspondent (for Independent on Sunday)
Published: 08 April 2007

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Oil-light projections slither across the walls while dancers high on acid flail their hair to a seemingly never-ending soundtrack of otherworldly songs. Welcome to the legendary 1967 psychedelic "happening", the 14-Hour Technicolor Dream, seen as one of the most important events in the British counter-culture and the appetiser for the summer of love.

Forty years on, the heady vibe, music and theatrics are to be recreated at an event designed to help relive and celebrate the anniversary of that key moment in culture. Later this month, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London will host "Our Technicolor Dream", featuring some of the acts that headlined the original show, including the Pretty Things and Arthur Brown, who later topped the charts with "Fire". Films, light-shows and a play will also rekindle the spirit of the original.

Funded by the underground newspaper International Times, the Technicolor Dream was said to have drawn up to 10,000 people to north London's Alexandra Palace on 29 April 1967. There they mingled with figures such as John Lennon, heard Pink Floyd perform mind-numbing riffs as the sun came up, and smoked banana-skin spliffs or dropped an LSD-related drug called STP.
For just £1 a head, they were promised "30 top groups", though no one really knew who would be on the bill. Some of the action was captured in Tonite Let's All Make Love in London, Peter Whitehead's film about swinging London.

Arthur Brown told The Independent on Sunday: "It was really the big gig where the underground ceased to be underground and became part of the mainstream. It was a bittersweet experience because this underground movement became a big commercial phenomenon. You had people like John Lennon and his mates who came down and absorbed it all and took it to a wider audience, although of course we didn't know that at the time.
"There were a lot of drugs around but at that time I wasn't touching it at all. That was part of what you came to these things for. You came in from the provinces and got a bit smashed and stoned."

Hugh Dellar, one of the organisers of the ICA event, said: "It was really the first of the all-night illegal drug parties and was sort of a template for all that went on after that. It scattered seeds in all sorts of directions. It was similar to punk in the sense that it unified people and then sent them off in all sorts of different directions.

"I'm 38 and I grew up fascinated by the 14-hour Technicolor Dream. The more I learned about it, the more interested I became because it contained all the elements of what had come before it and all the seeds for what would come after. In many ways it was the pinnacle of British youth culture. The people who were involved in it went on to be key figures in other areas. Mick Farren, who was one of the organisers, was at the forefront of punk."

The new event, which takes place on 21 April, will feature films of leading trippy lightshow artists the Boyle Family, whose work was at the original show, and a play inspired by Syd Barrett, the late Pink Floyd frontman. Original organisers Barry Miles and John "Hoppy" Hopkins will discuss their involvement in the gig.

"We're trying to celebrate it without copying it," said Mr Dellar. "It is not strictly a recreation of the original: that would be insane. We wanted it to be a blurring between a curated event - which is why we've involved some of the key figures to talk about it - and a big rave warehouse party."

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Exhibition - Syd Barrett's home-made / customised objects

I received this e-mail from Martin at Cheffin's: it looks like there's a chance of an exhibition of several auction items. I've offered to make Lot 675 available if I can be convinced of its safe return... contact details edited out of the following text.

Dear Purchaser,

Two of the buyers from the Estate sale of the late Roger Keith (Syd) Barrett are planning an exhibition in London of as many of his customised and home-made pieces of furniture and art works as possible. I have agreed to forward the below message to purchasers from the sale, however please be assured that no details have been passed on to either Clare Parry or Nick Barnes. Cheffins are simply passing on this information and are not involved with the exhibition in any way, please contact Clare or Nick directly if you are interested in participating in the exhibition.

Kind Regards,

Martin Millard.
Auctioneer & Valuer.


Exhibition - Syd Barrett's home-made / customised objects

To introduce ourselves: our names are Nick Barnes & Clare Parry. We are artists and curators currently preparing an exhibition of Syd Barrett's home-made / customised objects. We were at the auction on 29th of November (a great night!) and were fortunate enough to acquire two beautiful pieces of home-made furniture. We would like to bring a number of Syd Barrett's works together so that they can be appreciated by the wider audience that we feel they deserve. Cheffins has kindly agreed to forward this letter to you so that we can request the loan of your piece(s) for possible inclusion in this exhibition which will take place in London,and will possibly tour.


We also envision a publication to accompany the show. Lenders to the exhibition will not be responsible for shipping, handling, storage or insurance - we will ensure that all ofthe above will be undertaken at the highest professional level by theinstitution / gallery hosting the show (we are aware that some of theworks are quite fragile). We met many of you who were at the sale and have already secured a number of loans. We would really appreciate your reply to this request even if you do not want to participate so that we know which pieces are available. (An auctioneers' lot number or description would be very helpful.)


Also, if you bid successfully on behalf of someone else,would you please forward this proposal to them? We hope you are as excited about the exhibition as we are and will reply as soon as possible (our contact details are above). If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch .We look forward to hearing from you soon.

All the best, Nick Barnes & Clare Parry

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Dave Gilmour & Rick Wright- Arnold Layne

David Gilmour and Richard Wright sing "Arnold Layne" on the Jools Holland Show. In Memorium for Syd Barrett. 1946-2006.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Syd Barrett's First Trip

Syd Barrett's First Trip Video with Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Tangerine Dream New Album Is Dedicated To Syd Barrett

Tangerine Dream, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year, release new album Madcap's Flaming Duty today, Monday 2nd April.

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Dedicated to the late Syd Barrett, it's a typically ambitious piece of work by the German pioneers with Edgar Froese and Thorsten Quaeschning providing a musical setting to lyrics adapted from the work of poets like William Blake, Percy Shelley, Sir Phillip Sidney, Walt Whitman and Waldo Emerson.

The album was recorded in Vienna and Berlin during October 2006 also features Chris Housle, Bernhard Beibl, Linda Spa, Gynt Beator, Thomas Beator, Iris Camaa, and Vincent Nowak.
The lyrics for each of the songs on the new album are adapted from English and American poets from 17th and 18th century literature by Bianca F. Acquaye. The music is written by Froese and Quaeschning.

The band play a one-off British concert at London Astoria on Friday, April 20. Tickets £22.50 from 0870 060 3777 or

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Waters On Syd: I'm sure... I mean I think... to be brutally honest, I don't know !

There's a Waters interview in this month's Uncut (Take 120, May 2007). As you would expect, shedloads of self-justification and aggrandisation. Example: "When I was in the band, I did all the thinking, I wrote most of the songs and I made all of the shows..." Exactly the sort of stuff that guarantees there won't be a Floyd reunion at the same time as Waters says he would be up for a few shows.

Never mind, here's the crunch. We get a brief reflection on Syd, including...

1. Were drugs the main cause of Syd's decline ? Answer; "Oh yes, I'm sure acid exarcebated symptoms I think were going to manifest anyway. But I'm not a neurologist so I'm not really the person to ask."

Ahem. That went pretty quickly from I'm sure, to I think, to I don't really know, didn't it ? The last point being the accurate one. He's not a neurologist. Still, he was happy to say "Syd's schizophrenic and has been for several years" on the basis of this qualification.


2. On not picking up Syd on the way to Southampton, January 68. Later in the interview, Waters accuses Mason of having fictionalised much of Waters' behaviour in the Floyd Wars. At the same time he admits that human memory is often a self-serving device.

So here's his account..."To be brutally honest about it, he wasn't picked up for a gig. One day we were going to collect him and we went 'Nah.' We just went and did the gig."

According to Mason, someone (possibly the one who did all the thinking ?) said "Fuck it, let's not bother", to be brutally honest.


3. The Abbey Road 75 Incident. "He knew exactly what he was doing and he knew that we were there. Syd would occasionally turn up for gigs, expecting to play, I think. I'm not sure what he was expecting that day."

Seems to me that Waters has problems admitting when he DOESN'T KNOW something. Again, he begins, 'he knew', then goes to 'I think' and ends with 'I'm not sure'. There's more...

"It was a bizarre coincidence that we were working on 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' (SoYcD) when he turned up. I didn't recognise him. I thought he was someone's friend, this fat, bald bloke eating sweets at the back of the studio. It was maybe Dave who eventually said 'You haven't caught it yet, have you ?' I suddenly said 'It's Syd!'. It was strange."

Mason's not convinced they were working on SoYcD at the time, but it enhances the tale, so let's leave that alone. Gilmour's question "you haven't caught it yet, have you" is either a poor transcription or an odd phrase. He might have said 'you haven't caught on yet, have you?' or 'you haven't got it yet, have you ?', in reference to a joke or a mystery. But 'you haven't caught it yet' would be more likely to refer to the flu, or a ball which had been suspended in mid-air for a considerable time...

SYD 75

Does it matter ? Not much, except that it seems to me that Waters is a crucial player in the making of many Syd myths. And here, he appears to be deliberately playing on the 'Have you got it yet ?' (HYGIY) resonances.

And who is the main source for an account of the HYGIY incident ? Roger Waters. It becomes self-perpetuating as well as self-justifying. To the point where I wonder whether the original HYGIY incident was anything like as substantial as Waters tells it.

Although it's a good name for a series of fan-produced CDs.

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