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The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story

Syd Barrett's story can be told only so many ways, as the reclusive co-founder of Pink Floyd is obviously not giving interviews that could provide insight into the mental deterioration he suffered in

Syd Barrett's story can be told only so many ways, as the reclusive co-founder of Pink Floyd is obviously not giving interviews that could provide insight into the mental deterioration he suffered in the late '60s when the band was on the rise. The BBC documentary "The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story" is thoughtfully constructed and contains early performance footage of the frontman. But it best serves as a recap of how the genius behind the group's psychedelic sound sank into a drug-induced, schizophrenic breakdown. Although it was apparent that Barrett would not completely recover —especially after abandoning the stage during a rare solo gig midway through the third song—Humble Pie's Jerry Shirley observed that Barrett "literally stared right through you, but at the same time could see right through you" in many moments of clarity. Band members past and present discuss their turmoil in witnessing Barrett's psychological demise, a feeling that has mellowed into deep sadness.—CLT