Shine On


Pink Floyd's original frontman Syd Barrett is dead at age 60.

The Guardian has learned that the singer, 60, who suffered from a psychedelic-drug induced breakdown while at the peak of his career, died last Friday from complications related to diabetes.

His brother Alan confirmed his death, saying only: "He died peacefully at home. There will be a private family funeral in the next few days."

The normal next step would be to link anything Reason's written about Barrett and Pink Floyd, but I can't find any of it at a glance. So the floor's open to discussions of Barrett's influence, whether "Piper" is the only good Floyd album, and anything else that approaches respectable nostalgia.