-- A 2001 documentary focusing on late Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett is set to be released in expanded form on May 20. The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story will be available as a two-DVD set and as a digital video, and will feature bonus and extended interview footage with the band's other members. A founding member of Pink Floyd, Barrett came up with the band's name and initially was the group's lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter.
His innovative playing and quirky, imaginative songs helped establish Pink Floyd as one of the premiere psychedelic acts of its time. However, shortly after the release of the band's debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Barrett's erratic behavior -- likely brought on by drug abuse and mental illness -- led to his exit from the group in 1968. Barrett went on to make two solo albums, which featured contributions for his former band mates, before withdrawing entirely from public life. He remained an inspiration for, and an influence on, Pink Floyd's music throughout its history. He died in 2006 at age 60 from complications of diabetes.
Among the extras included on the updated documentary are a newly added interview with Roger Waters, as well as uncut versions of conversations with Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and the late Richard Wright. The DVD also includes a performance of the Barrett solo tune "Love You" by ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.
The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story lists at $17.98.
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