The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story
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The main drawback is a maddening lack of supporting video and pictures. (Several years ago, VH1 ran a similar documentary that included a treasure trove of video, including the legendary "American Bandstand" appearance in 1967.) In fact, much of the vintage footage appears to come from the "Syd's First Trip" video, the "Arnold Layne" promotional film, and a performance of "Astronomy Domine." Besides a glimpse of the unreleased "Vegetable Man" film (with the soundtrack clearly using audio from the bootleg version) there is little of unique historical value.
The interviews are the high point of the DVD, particularly the observations by Roger Waters. His comments are by turns poignant, funny, and sad, and are obviously heartfelt. The other members of the band also share their memories (although Nick Mason seems less than fond of Syd).
The extras are a bit thin, incorporating expanded interviews with Waters and David Gilmour, and three acoustic performances of Barrett songs by Robyn Hitchcock and Graham Coxon. A digital collection of posters and other memorabilia is a nice touch, but (at least on my player) cannot be paused. Sadly, the extras do not include any of the promotional films or performances.
Any serious Barrett or Pink Floyd fan will want to own this DVD, if only for the interviews, and the great cover art. It's also a nice introduction for anyone curious about the subject. But I will continue to hope for a more detailed and comprehensive overview of Syd Barrett and the early Floyd.
The story is told in chronological order with interesting interviews with every member of the band, apart from Syd, of course. Roger "Syd" Barrett has basically turned his back on the world of music for 30 years, despite the underground cult he seems to feed by doing so. It is ironic that his absence should be the cause of his continued fascination. No doubt if he turned up on an interview, now a much older man (as are the rest of Pink Floyd) it would be a pin in the balloon.
This documentary is really both for fans and non-fans alike. It glosses over periods, while expounds on others. The music is inter-cut throughout, with some nice emphasis on the later solo work. The major inaccuracy that seems to occur because of editing, is the one that comes up all the time. It's a question of timeline. Syd was ousted from the band in 1968, though they did record a few of his songs (some are still unreleased, one appeared on the 1968 Saucerful of Secrets album.) Syd's solo recordings began in 1968 and were carried into 1969. Much of the first solo LP was recorded in that period, but wasn't released until 1970.Read more ›
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I have read better accounts of Pink Floyd and their early days, but this was a very good read. No disappointments.Published 6 months ago by Flynn1963
I chose this rating because I didn't find out that the DVD that I had just purchased was Region 2 (not playable in the U.S.) until I received my conformation email ! Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Gregg
This is a story many Floyd fans know, I wanted to own it. This is the main focus of Pink Floyd. True Friendship.Published on July 28, 2012 by Ira
Firstly, I am a big time Pink Floyd and Syd fan, and had seen this docu on TV and decided to get it for myself, mostly for the DVD extras. Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Sean D. Richarz
Not too long and not too short. Detailed and sentimental. Great footage, photos and acoustic performances to steal licks from. Read morePublished on August 11, 2009 by E. Johnson
I was a huge Pink Floyd fan in college. As a musician, this band really shaped the style of music I play and listen to. Read morePublished on August 4, 2009 by The Knoa
interesting introduction to pink floyd's legendary "missing" founding memeber...who's most-often described in this dvd, as being "beautiful" yet there's not enough footage of this... Read morePublished on May 25, 2008 by Windica
The main feature: There are so many awful faux-documentaries out there and it really makes me sad. Prog or any other music are not well-served by these attempts to cash in on... Read morePublished on January 27, 2008 by Jamesy
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