If you had said to a young Syd, ‘Look, this is your bargain in life, you know, you’re going to do this fantastic stuff, but it won’t be forever, it’ll be this short period. There’s the dotted line, are you going to sign for this?’ I suspect, maybe, a lot of people would sign for that, for making their mark.
Bob Klose, The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story (2003)
I'm full of dust and guitars…Syd Barrett
All middle men are bad.Syd Barrett
I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway.Syd Barrett
And what exactly is a dream, and what exactly is a joke?Syd Barrett
Well, I'm a painter, I was trained as a painter…I seem to have spent a little less time painting than I might've done…But it didn't transcend the feeling of playing at UFO and those sort of places with the lights and that, the fact that the group was getting bigger and bigger.Syd Barrett
Well, I've got a colour telly, and a fridge. I've got some pork chops in the fridge, but the chops keep going off, so I have to keep buying more.Syd Barrett
We feel that in the future, groups are going to have to offer much more than just a pop show. They'll have to offer a well-presented theatre show.Syd Barrett
Their choice of material was always very much to do with what they were thinking as architecture students. Rather unexciting people, I would've thought, primarily. I mean, anybody walking into an art school like that would've been tricked--maybe they were working their entry into an art school.Syd Barrett
It's sad that these people think he's such a wonderful subject, that he's a living legend when, in fact, there is this poor sad man who can't deal with life or himself. He's got uncontrollable things in him that he can't deal with and people think it's a marvellous, wonderful, romantic thing. It's just a sad, sad thing, a very nice and talented person who's just disintegrated.Syd Barrett
Well, he's schizophrenic. And has been since 1968.Syd Barrett
That's all I wanted to do as a kid. Play a guitar properly and jump around. But too many people got in the way.Syd Barrett
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