‘I did not live with a madman’
Syd Barrett only stayed with Pink Floyd between 1965 (the group had a different name) and 1968, but inspired classics like “Wish You Were Here”.
Photo: Special Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd, now meets his death five years
Mexico City (July 7, 2011) .- Without being a star in the world of music, Duggie Fields gets even today in his apartment in London, a host of devoted fans of the late founder of Pink Floyd Syd Barrett.
In 1968 he shared the loft, located in the area of Earls Court, with the legendary musician Syd just after he was fired because of his problems with drugs, the band which he named.
By then, both had several years of friendship and had even been “roommates” in another department in London in 1966, a year before the group released their first and only record the orders of Barrett: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn .
“The amazing thing is that today I receive hundreds of calls from fans around the world who want to see the flat where they lived with Barrett. They want to see parts of it, parts, whatever. It’s amazing how big is your image and how he has kept his legend, “said Fields, exclusively, upon completion of five years today the death of Barrett, in a hospital in Cambridge on July 7, 2006 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Duggie recalls her friend, who chose the “flat” in which he has lived a little over 43 years as a “normal” despite the many stories that describe him as an artist haunted by dementia as a result of its high consumption of LSD in 1967 and inspired albums such as Wish You Were Here.
“I’ve read many stories, but I can say conclusively that I was not living with a madman, as believed. Syd was a funny guy, and everything was fine when we got this ‘flat’. Episodes of madness or dementia allegedly had with Pink Floyd, and which was run, I lost them, not suffered, “outside the painter.
“People like to create myths, but Syd was not the only time he acted in an irrational way. It is said that from here they took a man into an ambulance and tied with a straitjacket, but it was not Syd. He was not the worst case of social disintegration. even burned down the kitchen wall was lit, but it was only once. These things were not unusual in the late 60’s. ”
The apartment they shared was even immortalized on the cover of the album that launched in 1970 as a solo artist Syd, The Madcap Laughs, then paint the floor in black and orange stripes in a burst of “inspiration.”
“With so little work they actually did, musically speaking, his legacy and legend are enormous,” says Duggie.
“Some time ago I got sick of (the constant visits from fans to place), but since he died five years ago, I knew this was destined to sleep still in this ‘flat’.”
After leaving the apartment in 1969, Barrett was gone for years. Some presumed dead, others just finishing. A photograph published in 1982 by Rolling Stone confirmed that Syd was still alive. Since then, there were many attempts by the press to speak with him.
“My name is Roger (his real name). Syd is inside and will not leave,” Barrett told a reporter in 2002 came knocking at his home in Cambridge to interview him.
So said: “(The fans) They want to see parts of it, parts, whatever. It’s amazing how big is your image and how it has kept its legend.”
friend and colleague of the late Syd Barrett