Containing unseen images

A new photo book dedicated to the life of Syd Barrett is set to be released later this year.

Withdrawing from music more than four decades ago, Syd Barrett remains an enduring icon. The first psychedelic wanderer, the songwriter led Pink Floyd from the R&B scene into somewhere strange and different.

Mixing British beat with nursery rhymes, Victorian literature, the Book of the Tao and more Pink Floyd revolutionised rock music. However after just one album Syd Barrett gave into the pressures of the music industry.

Enduring a drug induced nervous breakdown, the singer struggled through two solo albums before turning his back on the music industry. Inspiring everyone from Flaming Lips to Glasvegas, a new photo book aims to shed new life on the life of the music legend.

'Barrett' is a collection of over 250 images which bills itself as 'the definitive visual companion' to the singer's life. Split into three sections, the book first details Syd Barrett's life as a musician.

The second section contains unseen and unpublished letters sent to Libby Gausden-Chisman and Jenny Spires between 1962-1965, as the songwriter studied art.

Finally, 'Barrett' contains all of Syd Barrett's known art pieces. Tantalisingly, the book claims to have secured images crafted after his seclusion from the world. Withdrawing from the music industry, Syd Barrett continued to paint and these images have never been made public before.

After creating some paintings the artist would destroy them, with 'Barrett' claiming to have catalogued these lost works. Containing extensive commentary from Will Shutes the book has many previously unseen images.

The book is set to be published next month, and is set to be launched with an exhibition at the Idea Generation gallery in London. 'Barrett' will be available in two editions with the launch set to happen in March.

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