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Review: A look at Pink Floyd through Syd Barrett's eyes

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"The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story"


Even if Syd Barrett wasn't directly involved in “The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story,” this two-DVD set from Eagle Rock Entertainment, an update of the original film released in 2001, is an indepth and surprisingly good look at the group and the influence Barrett had on the band. That's thanks to the fact that interviews with the other members of the group – Roger Waters, Nick Mason, David Gilmour and Richard Wright – are the predominate source of information here.

The film explores the life of Barrett, who was lead guitarist and prominent songwriter in Pink Floyd's early years. During his time with the band, Barrett wrote songs like “See Emily Play” and “Arnold Layne,” as well as album tracks such as “Bike” and “Astronomy Domine.” After leaving Pink Floyd, he recorded two solo albums before leaving the music business. He died in 2006 at the age of 60.

“The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story” includes contributions from his fellow members in the Floyd, as well as managers, friends and others who were close to Syd. It also looks at his songwriting and his influence on music and discusses his 1968 departure from the band because of his erratic behavior. Other interviewed in the film include Graham Coxon of Blur and original band member Bob Klose.

One of the benefits of this new version is that disc two is full of extended interviews with the group and others in the film. At 214 minutes, there's a lot here that Pink Floyd fans will enjoy, between the vintage music videos and the insightful interviews.