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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Meatball Fulton Syd Barrett Interview Analyzed

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
This is an analysis of the Syd Barrett Interview by Meatball Fulton from London, August, 1967. This Interview has been misclassified by many as "stoned gibberish". I think that classification is incorrect. To me, Syd sounds pretty lucid and is trying to answer Fulton's off-the-wall questions as best he can.

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
The Interview starts out with Syd talking about his art and uses painting as an example. He states that his desire to paint came out of a very genuine desire to paint within him. Then, this desire was identified and he went into Art School and he speaks about his Teachers "altering" his critical thinking about painting. This is called: Education.

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Syd states that he painted a picture "the other day" and he could hear "quite clearly", in his internal dialog, criticisms and instructions that he could relate back to Art School. Then he speaks about his music career as possibly a "very valuable break" where he can leverage *that* experience against his painting talent and education to try and improve his painting. It's quite interesting about how he refers to his music career as a "break" from painting that he plans to resume.

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Then Meatball Fulton asks him if he ever gets "frightened" by the observation that the world is made up of various "systems" that change the way one thinks when one learns them. This is a pretty off-the-wall fooking question! But Syd does his best to answer it.

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Syd says that it bothers him a bit, like Meatball. But he relates back to Art School by referencing his painting again and states that it was "quite enjoyable" to assimilate *that* system of knowledge (painting technique) and that he wanted to hold onto that enjoyment while assimilating new systems (business, money, music, film, etc, etc...).

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Then Meatball asks him: "Do you find yourself in patterns and constantly repeating the same patterns over and over?" Another off-the-fooking-wall question! Syd does what anybody would probably do when asked such a question; he goes "huh!" and says nothing more. Then Fulton asks him what he is working on at the moment that is inside himself (???!) and Syd says: "Yeah, I can't really say..."

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Then Fulton asks him: "Do you often observe people and think that you could tell them something about themselves that they don't know?" Syd is fumbling for words because it's such an off-the-fooking-wall question. Then he says that talking is not as important as "sensing" people and much of the time that "sense" about somebody can't be adequately put into words and that's cool with him. Again, I think that this is a coherent answer to an off-the-fooking-wall question.

Syd Barrett Interview
Syd Barrett Interview
Then it gets uncomfortable when Fulton asks him "what do you 'sense' about me?" Syd sees it for what it is; a loaded question and one can tell that he doesn't want to answer. Meatball says: "Really be honest.' Syd says maybe the strangest thing is "meeting you at all" in an attempt to steer the conversation back into less confrontational grounds. But Fulton keeps at it and says that he can "edit out" anything bad and that he has all this professional etiquette and he has "done this a few times."

My take, on careful listening to this Interview, is that it is not "proof" that Syd Barrett was going mad. I really think that Syd tried to answer this guy's stupid questions as best that he could.





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