An 8mm film of Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett's first mushroom trip


This was playing while I watch old Syd trip his ass off.

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A great song, one of their best in my view. But of course written and recorded after Syd had been sacked. The other members of Pink Floyd did their best to help Syd, including playing on and producing a solo album for him, but as the results show Syd was not well enough to live in this world.

Its a shame, he might have created amazing stuff.

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Thank you so much for this, Popkin. I just wanted to say I appreciate your contributions. I had a friend who suffered a similar fate as Syd, we used to have adventures together. This brought it all back in a strange way! I had never seen or heard this before, but it is certainly welcome xoxoxoxo

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Hang on a moment. I had to look up the Gog Magog Hills to find out where they are. They’re just outside Cambridge. Cambridge has hills?

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Just about. We are talking about 75m high here. I grew up in one of the parts of England where we have mountains (600m high, minimum).

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It somehow defines you, doesn’t it? I grew up next to a range of English hills just over 400m at their peak. I spent a little time in Norfolk, and always felt jittery because it was so flat.

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I don’t know if this is what pushed him over the edge, but still it is quite traumatic for me to watch this. A good childhood friend of my became psychotic in his teens and subsequently drank himself to death. In the ~2 years leading up to his psychosis he had started to use increasing amounts of weed, and just before his first real psychosis he had discovered psychedelics. In his case there’s no telling if the drugs were a consequence of the (latent) psychosis or the psychosis was a consequence of the drugs. There certainly was a genetic component to it, but I still have the feeling that the drugs made it way way way worse.

Back on topic: I don’t think this was ‘beginning of a brief creative period’. Afaik he wrote some of his best songs as a teenager, before he discovered drugs, and he probably wrote some more brilliant songs afterwards despite the troubles in his mind.

I’m a huge Syd Barrett fan, but I’ve never liked to watch this film snippet. The first time I saw it (I think I found it included on a bootleg cd-rom sometime in the late 90s) I was sad for the rest of the day.

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