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Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art: A Definitive History and Showcase in a Genre-shattering Collective

Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell of Hipgnosis could scarcely have imagined the ways their album art would impact culture.

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Counterbalance No. 99: Pink Floyd's 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn'

The 99th most acclaimed album of all time has got a bike. You can ride it if you like. It’s got a basket, a bell and things to make it look good. Syd Barrett & Co. 1967 debut is this week’s Counterbalance.

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'Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here': The Band's Most Haunting and Affecting Album

There are plenty of magical––and funny (no, really)––moments throughout, enough that one can recommend this doc without reservation.

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A Very Irregular Head: The Life of Syd Barrett

Pink Floyd's ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ was a zeitgeist moment in the development of English pop music, the moment when pop liberated itself from its blues roots.

Rob Chapman
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Musical Genius & Its Discontents (ii): British-style

Part 2 of our video venture through lost musical geniuses discovers an unhappier tradition in The UK, where comebacks are not de rigeur! Exemplars include Joe Meek, Brian Jones, Syd Barrett, and Ian Curtis.

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Syd Barrett: Under Review [DVD]

While not authorized by anyone, this documentary features some great interviews on the music that Pink Floyd's stranger/legend/martyr showed in his brief career.

Jason MacNeil
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Syd Barrett: The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me?

If buying a Syd Barrett CD is our electronic equivalent of paying to watch the crazies, what sort of vicarious experience do we hope to get for our $12.99? Whatever we see in Syd probably reveals more about our own delusions than about his.

Michael Stephens
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