Pink Floyd Releases ‘The Lyrics of Syd Barrett’ Book With David Gilmour’s Contributions


The official Instagram page of Pink Floyd shared a post announcing that they are releasing a brand new book named ‘The Lyrics of Syd Barrett’ which includes late frontman and primary songwriter Syd Barrett’s lyrics from 52 tracks along with unique pictures and artwork.

As many of you know, Syd Barrett was the co-founder, frontman, and primary songwriter of Pink Floyd for three years and most people consider his era as the band’s most powerful time. Barrett recorded four singles, their debut album ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ in 1967, some parts of their second album ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ in 1968, and several unreleased songs with Pink Floyd.

Pink Floyd lyricist was dismissed from the band due to his mental illness and his excessive use of psychedelic drugs, however, remained a great part of the band as Pink Floyd recorded several tributes and homages to him, including the 1975 song suite which is one of the band’s most iconic songs, ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond‘ and 1979 monumental song ‘The Wall.’

Recently, Pink Floyd shared a post on its official Instagram page announcing that the band released a brand new 96-page book, ‘The Lyrics of Syd Barrett’ which includes never-before-seen pictures and artwork along with Barrett’s lyrics from 52 songs that have never been printed before.

Here is what the band announced:

“Available now in the UK and Europe, and from May 6th in North America, is the new 96-page book The Lyrics of Syd Barrett.

Syd’s lyrics were never officially printed in his lifetime and have never been published in an authorized form until now. Reproduced in the most definitive versions possible with input from David Gilmour, who went to great lengths to oversee agreement on the lyrics, and Rob Chapman, and containing rare photos and artwork, the book features 52 songs and a foreword by Pink Floyd’s first manager, Peter Jenner.”

As you might remember, Pink Floyd frontman passed away at home in Cambridge on 7 July 2006, at the age of 60, due to pancreatic cancer and after suffering from mental health problems for so many years.

You can see the Instagram post right here.