Barrett (paperback)

Russell Beecher and William Shutes
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Barrett is the only official Syd Barrett book. This large format book is the definitive visual companion to Syd's life, full of unseen and rare images of Syd and Pink Floyd, the book also collects and catalogues for the first time artworks and photographs by Syd himself.

The book has been made in conjunction with the Barrett family. Their recollections together with access to their family art and photograph archive have combined to show reveal Syd the creative, a man who was a dedicated, practising artist throughout his life.

The book splits into three sections:

  1. Syd’s life in photographs – from growing up through to working and performing with Pink Floyd and his life as a solo artist.
  2. Unseen and unpublished illustrated letters sent to Libby Gausden-Chisman and Jenny Spires between 1962-1965, as Syd was finding himself as a painter and a musician.
  3. All of Syd’s existing work as a visual artist from 1962 until his death.

The book contains over 250 images. These include:

  • Over 100 unseen images and many more reproduced in fine art quality for the first time.
  • Over 40 artworks including: paintings, drawings, mosaics, collages, and sculptures.
  • Over 50 unseen photographs taken by Syd of his artworks, including: images of his “destroyed” works seen here for the first time, studies in preparation for his artworks, images of his work area.

The Art section also includes:

  • An extensive commentary on Syd’s artworks by Barrett art expert Will Shutes.
  • Notes on Syd’s diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and his History of Art project.
  • The Catalogue Raisonné of Syd’s art – listing and dating all the artwork known to have existed.
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272 pages

Press reviews

“If you have a serious interest in the artwork of Syd Barrett, you need to get it … it is worth the price as the most comprehensive look at Barrett’s visual work to date … beautifully put-together … Unlike other musicians turned artists, Barrett’s work evinces the true emotive quality of a real artist, a passion that’s evident even in a simple illustration of a turtle. Many pieces have never been seen before, and certainly not in such good quality. The book was put together with the cooperation of Barrett’s estate, and the new interviews with family and friends offer further insight into Barrett’s life. Highly recommended.”

Gillian G. Gaar, Goldmine Magazine

“the authors, with the help of the Barrett family and friends, have unearthed a remarkable haul of personal correspondence, previously unpublished photographs and images of all Syd’s known artwork. It’s an extraordinary achievement. … Beautifully packaged, eruditely written and full of insight (but, inevitably, tinged with sadness), Barrett feels like the ultimate work of art.”


“The printing, binding and full colour reproduction are sumptuous and immaculate, and the whole presentation subscribes to the concept of the book as a work of art in itself. Plainly Barrett is an essential object for the well-heeled Syd obsessive.”

Mark Blake, Classic Rock

“this book is a sensation … The most amazing coffee table book in years.”

Alexander Gorkow, Süddeutsche Zeitung

“a fascinating insight into the life and work of Syd Barrett.”

Record Collector

“For too long Syd has been remembered for his madcap weirdness. The new book and exhibition should put the focus back on his work and exuberant invention.”

Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

“a salutary corrective to previous Barrett studies, which had accentuated his drug-taking”

Ian Thomson, Times Literary Supplement

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