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Pink Floyd

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story DVD

Review by Gary Hill

For those of us in the States, who probably discovered Pink Floyd well after their psychedelic beginnings, Syd Barrett is something of a mysterious precursor character. Mind you, even for those in the UK, his (for lack of better term) reclusive life lent an air of mystery to the man. This documentary goes quite a ways toward shedding at least a bit of light into those darkened corners of acid tinged history. It’s actually a darn good release. While one can make complaints (would have been better if it was longer, we needed more performance clips), this thing should be a “must have” for all Pink Floyd fans. For those who want to learn more about the group’s origins and history (Barrett really did influence their music far beyond the one disc on which he appeared), even if you are a more casual fan, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. It’s a great documentary.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 6 at
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