Today In Music History: Syd Barrett Dies in 2006 – A Glimpse Into The Mind of Pink Floyd’s Madman

He was truly an  enigmatic figure in rock and roll. An insane madman? Check out these interviews from people who knew him back from early Pink Floyd days

Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band. Barrett was excluded from Pink Floyd in April 1968 after David Gilmour took over as their new guitarist, and was briefly hospitalised amid speculation of mental illness.