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Three months later, it was announced that he had left the band. Fears that they would not last without their songwriting genius were soon dispelled as they went from strength to strength. Two members of the management decided to stick with him, hoping he had potential as a solo performer. He was coaxed into the studios long enough to record two solo albums, released at the beginning and end of , but by then it was apparent that, to quote Chapman, he was in permanent and irreversible retreat from fame and ambition.

In he was persuaded to join another band, Stars, which lasted barely a month.

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Another round of recording sessions two years later proved an unmitigated disaster — and his last. Syd, who now disowned the showbiz name and went back to being Roger, returned to a private life in Cambridge, punctuated by spells of ill-health, mental as well as physical. The legend flourished, fans continued to hope for a comeback, documentaries were made, and there were some bruising intrusions on his privacy and that of his family by those who should have known better.

He took up painting again half-heartedly, but destroyed most of his works just after completing them. At the age of 60 he was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer, and died two months later. On the whole this is a sad book about a man who was in effect burnt out in his early twenties, with almost forty years still to live. However, even anyone who might have only a tangential interest in the artist or the group will find it an incisive examination of what was happening to music and 'the underground' in the sixties and beyond. Chapman has drawn several themes together to create a gripping book, written with insight, sympathy and remarkable objectivity, which is ultimately far more than just a biography of the subject.

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View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Syd Barrett was the lead guitarist, vocalist, and principle songwriter in the original line up of Pink Floyd.