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I just found this fan produced Syd Barrett video on Youtube. It’s a pretty interesting collage of well-known photos and video. One I haven’t seen before is an image of him with a small van. It looks as if he’s going to a gig and loading it.
I have recently been told that was Nick Mason in the picture.
I just found these Syd Barrett Mick Rock prints for sale on the San Francisco Art Exchange site: http://sfae.com/. Go to the site and look up: Pink Floyd to see. Sure, the photos are great but lookit the prices! Mick is obviously trying to "get his" here. Christ, I can buy a first printing 1967 Pink Floyd poster for that kind o' money. Hey Mick, how do you sleep?
Take a look at these prices and gag!
$2,000.00 16 x 20 $2,350.00 Framed 16 x 20 $2,500.00 20 x 24 $2,950.00 Framed 20 x 24 $6,000.00 30 x 40 $6,600.00 Framed 30 x 40
SIX THOSAND BUCKS FOR A PHOTOGRAPH? Mick, I think that it was YOU who took too much acid in the Sixties.
As an act of protest somebody has taken Low-Res screen shots of all the photos (72), (which the SFAE has put into the public domain,) and produced a key taken from their descriptions. It can all be downloaded as one zipped file from:
There was a boy whose name was Jim His friends, they were very good to him They gave him tea, and cakes and jam And slices of delicious ham Oh Mother tell me more
Why'd'you have to leave me there Hanging in my infant air, waiting You only have to read the lines of Scribbly black and everything shines
The chief defect of Henry King Was chewing little bits of string At last he swallowed some which tied Itself in ugly knots inside
Wondering and dreaming The words have different meanings Yes they did...
Finding she was left alone Went tiptoe to the telephone, 999 Summoned the immediate aid Of London's Noble Fire Brigade
For all the time spent in that room The doll's house darkness old perfume And fairy stories held me high On clouds of sunlight floating by Oh Mother tell me more Tell me more...
Syd wrote Matilda Mother (originally titled: Snowing) around verses from Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Tales, in which a group of misbehaving children, including Matilda, receive their (often gruesome) just deserts. Barrett was forced to rewrite and re-record the song when Belloc's estate unexpectedly refused permission to use these lyrics.
Matilda Mother Alternate, Snowing, lyrics:
There's always someone in the know That drives that dogsled in the snow Oh driver! I'll be bored Why did you possess them so? When you heard children at the door
You haven't heard the last of it All locked yourself in side all that snow
As predicted in the night ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh And I will swallow lumps of snow Lumps and ugly dumpling pie Oh brother! I mean more Why did you posses them so When you heard children at the door
So how'd you think you'd think you'd feel All locked yourself inside all that snow
Final, Matilda Mother, lyrics:
There was a king who ruled the land His majesty was in command With silver eyes the scarlet eagle Showers silver on the people Oh Mother, tell me more
Why'd'ya have to leave me there Hanging in my infant air Waiting You only have to read the lines They're scribbly black and everything shines
Across the stream with wooden shoes With bells to tell the king the news A thousand misty riders climb up Higher once upon a time
Wandering and dreaming The words have different meaning Yes they did
For all the time spent in that room The doll's house, darkness, old perfume And fairy sories held me high on Clouds of sunlight floating by Oh Mother, tell me more Tell me more Aaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaah
I've never seen this photo before, the Floyd in all their psychedelic refinery at EMI's offices in Manchester Square. We already have a huge collection of them here taken by Dezo Hoffmann but these, due to the different clothes, were obviously taken on a different day. Nick & Rick are wearing the same jackets they wore on the 'Piper..' cover.
INTERSTELLAR FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SYD BARRETT FUND
ESCAPE ARTISTS PRESENTS: INTERSTELLAR FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SYD BARRETT FUND
Tuesday July 13
Featuring Skinbat Scramble, All Schools Are Strange and Department S, plus DJ sets from Spencer Kelly
The memory of rock icon Syd Barrett is to be celebrated in London this July.
On Tuesday July 13, 93 Feet East will host ‘Interstellar’, a night for the benefit of the Syd Barrett Fund.
This event is part of the Syd Barrett Fund’s activity to mark forty years since Syd’s debut solo album was released, and follows a gig at the Tunbridge Wells Forum in June and a charity walk from London to Cambridge over Easter.
The Syd Barrett Fund was set up by Syd’s sister Rosemary Breen following his death in 2006. The fund exists to support the work of Escape Artists, a socially inclusive arts charity, based in Cambridge and London.
Interstellar will be opened by ‘Skinbat Scramble’, as they unleash a post punk, psychedelic wall of sound to get the night underway. Forming in the late 1970s as a prog goth electro psychedelic band from the Punk Scene of Medway and London, The Skinbats have seen numerous line-up changes; the current collective includes Karl Gent once of Mumm-Ra. Front man Mark Eason is a captivating performer, reciting his lyrics in a confrontational poetic style over experimental sounds and melodies provided by the guitar, bass and keys. www.skinbatscramble.co.uk
Next are ‘All Schools Are Strange’ who formed in 1982. Their music spans over many genres with hooky riffs and experimental lyrics. The band set up their own record label ‘Strange Music’ and released their first album ‘Beyond the Door’ in 1996. They have been described by the BBC as ‘having the song writing adventures of Rush and the panache of T. Rex.’ All Schools appeared at Camden’s Bolantine Bop in February 2010, an event which attracted fans from across the UK, the US, Germany, Sweden and Italy. Following Interstellar the band will head to the world-famous Edinburgh Festival this August. http://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Schools-Are-Strange/346374671366
Last but not least are reformed Post Punk/New Wave band Department S. Formed in 1980, evolving from Punk/Ska outfit Guns for Hire, Department S’s early career saw them enjoy success with the RCA released ‘Is Vic There’, which gained them a spot on ‘Top of the Pops’. The band also secured the Holy Grail of a Peel Session in 1980 and a number 1 hit in Spain. Splitting in 1982, the band reformed in 2007 and sold out the 100 Club early in 2010. Massive Barrett fans, Department S are writing a song for inclusion on their forth coming album about Syd, and are sure to bring ‘Interstellar’ at 93 Feet East to a memorable climax. www.myspace.com/departments
In between the bands, DJ Spencer Rocks will provide a soundtrack of 60s Garage, Psych and Punk tunes. Beginning his DJing career in 1994, Spencer has appeared at The Monarch, Laurel Tree, Forum, Astoria and as a guest at Blow Up. For five years he was a resident at the Time Tunnel (upstairs at The Wag on Wardour Street) and now plays the monthly charity event Unplanned Afternoons at the Alwhin in Islington. This won’t be Rocks’ first Syd event, having helped organise a Barrett tribute at The Social in 2006.
Event organizer Simon Webb says of the line up:
“All three bands have existed in one form or another since the late seventies or early eighties, with differing success levels along the way. All three now have the enjoyment of simply playing in front of an audience as their main goal in music, something which is very important for an event in the spirit of Syd Barrett, since it was the fun Syd got from music which was most important to him, rather than any success, fame or aclaim.”
Expect energetic performances, psychedelic noise and perhaps a few cover versions of Syd’s inspirational work, that said, it wouldn’t be a tribute to Syd Barrett if we knew exactly what was going to happen.
Tickets are £5, and can be bought here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/84316 As well as on the night, also £5.
For more on the Syd Barrett Fund visit www.interstellar.org.uk
The event’s Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119512324751946&index=1