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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Roger Waters' Muse - Syd Barrett?

Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
From Victor E Reyes in the Laughing Madcaps Facebook Group:

Roger Waters learned just about every thing he knows about music from Syd Barrett...Listen to the pristine brilliance of Piper and then the awkward imbalanced form of SFOS...How long did it take them to hit their stride again...Most people believe DSOTM was Pink Floyd's FIRST ALBUM. Which was an exploitative piece of shit that made a mockery of a man going through some very difficult times.

It's well known that the mention of the "old times" would give Syd anxiety attacks, unless his sister was fabricating the whole thing. Why do you think people were discouraged to quit their fucking stalking and camping on his lawn? Then Waters puts out this "dark" LP where lunatics were in the hall and on the lawn with the Boris Karloff or better yet Igor the hunchback laughter, making sport of it all, "you lock me up and throw away the key, there's someone in my head but it's not me." NICE one Waters...you don't think RW was wondering how Syd might take THAT one???
HAVE YOU GOT IT YET?

If that's not sufficient, let's tour all over the fucking world and paste your picture upon 20' screens and see how the world views you now?? If indeed RW thought Syd was Schizophrenic (and he has been quoted) then he is either one of the stupidest (read: IGNORANT) men alive or the cruelest, since the disease is one of the most insidious mental conditions known to medical science. I'd like to hear his explanation of this piece of artistic sadism, known as "Dark Side of the Moon" ( Where the reference has always been about lunacy, not Astronomy!)

WYWH is really a patch work of poor, poor Roger's feelings of alienation from other people (read I can't relate to the idiots of the world) plus his feelings about RKB's breakdown where he ultimately refers to Syd's "cold steel rail" as opposed to the beauty of "a green field"....or a" smile from a veil" ..."Do you think you can tell"? These sound like rhetorical sarcasms rather than any tribute I've ever heard. The song is a left handed slap to RKB's face. Tribute my ASS. RW admitted the inspiration for the song came from visits to his dying mother who kept calling him by his father's name on her death bed. "And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?" Is it possible that Waters' main influences were his father and Syd, and was tremendously angry with them both for leaving him? How the fuck should I know?? Do I look like Sigmund Freud?

Ultimately he segues into "Crazy Diamond" which has become, tragically enough, Syd's anthem. I prefer "Jug Band Blues" where Syd, in a gentlemanly manner, tells them basically to shove it up their collective asses!

"I'm wondering who could be writing this song"?




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Friday, October 12, 2012

Pink Floyd Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Chapter 7: The Wind in the Willows

Pink Floyd Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd Piper at the Gates of Dawn
An excerpt from Chapter 7 of The Wind in the Willows where Syd took inspiration for naming the Pink Floyd Piper at the Gates of Dawn album.

It should be noted that the two chapters of this classic that are most associated with Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Wayfarers, have been left out of some editions of the book and excluded from most adaptations.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn finds two of the animal characters in pursuit of Portly, the son of their buddy Otter who is, you guessed it, an otter. The pup has been missing for days and so the duo set out on the river by the moonlight seeking him along the shore. And then a strange thing happens on their journey: a beautiful melody overcomes them, leading them forward to a small island where they find the small otter laying at the feet of a Pan-like being, playing his pipes in the morning light. Before they see him, they hear the music and feel an undesirable sensation, described by Grahame:

Then suddenly Mole felt a great Awe fall upon him, an awe that turned his muscles to water, bowed his head, and rooted his feet to the ground. It was no panic terror - indeed he felt wonderfully at peace and happy - but it was an awe that smote and held him and, without seeing, he knew it could only mean that some august Presence was very, very near.
(Grahame 134-135)

Then the sensation vanishes as the sun rises, and the memory of it is all but erased from the three friends' minds. Still, they retain a shred of emotional recall:

...Mole stood still a moment, held in thought. As one wakened suddenly from a beautiful dream, who struggles to recall it, and can recapture nothing but a dim sense of the beauty of it, the beauty! Till that, too, fades away in turn, and the dreamer bitterly accepts the hard, cold waking and all its penalties... (Grahame 138)

Possibly Syd was moved by this book, and specifically this chapter, because it's an excellent example of what excites people in art, the invoking of some sort of transcendence, a breaking-through into another realm of existence which cannot be described in words, only suggested.

Here is some discussion on this topic from the Laughing Madcaps Facebook Group:

Victor Reyes: What a magnificently, prophetic allegory...Syd was genius...Andre is indeed correct....RKB's talent lies in leaving so many little clues and delightful phantasmagorical detours.

Rick Kilgore: Many offerings from those years have fallen to the side, but Syd's creations remain for me veritable wonderlands of continually rewarding exploration. And I had mentioned previously that this passage was like an allegory for my journey into that world between worlds. I just wish the illustration actually had the oars in Mole's hands instead of Rat's.


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Monday, October 8, 2012

Bernard White Letter About Syd Barrett

2/8/1995 letter by Bernard White, to Mark Jones, about Syd Barrett.

Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett



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