The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story

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The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story
Directed byJohn Edginton
StarringPink Floyd, Roger Waters, Peter Jenner, Bob Klose
Narrated byKirsty Wark
Music byPink Floyd, Syd Barrett
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerBasil Comely
ProducerJohn Edginton
EditorRay Frawley
Running time60 min
Production companyOtmoor Productions
Original release
NetworkBBC Two
Release24 November 2001 (2001-11-24)
VH1 Legends: Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story is a 2001 television documentary produced by Otmoor Productions for BBC Two's Omnibus series and originally called Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond (in the US, a slightly modified version aired as Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett in the VH1 Legends series in January 2002). Directed by John Edginton, the film includes interviews with all the Pink Floyd members – Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright – plus the "fifth Pink Floyd", Bob Klose, who left the band in 1965, getting their points of view on the original band founder Syd Barrett. The film includes rare early television appearances of Pink Floyd, and home movies.

The film was first released on DVD on 24 March 2003. In 2021, the director and archivist, John Edginton, retrieved the original interview tapes and released them in full on his YouTube channel in a playlist titled Pink Floyd Unfiltered [1]


The focus of the film is Syd Barrett, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the early Pink Floyd, who created their unique psychedelic sound and most of the band's early songs, including the singles "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" and much of their first album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Barrett's name passed into rock folklore when he was kicked out of Pink Floyd in 1968 and, after two solo albums, disappeared from music altogether amid rumours of a drug-induced breakdown.

The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story has contributions from Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley (who played on Barrett's two solo albums The Madcap Laughs and Barrett as well as Barrett's final London concert on 6 June 1970 with David Gilmour, when Barrett abruptly left the stage after playing only four numbers), bassist Jack Monck who played at Barrett's last public concert in 1972 at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, producer Joe Boyd who produced "Arnold Layne", photographer Mick Rock who photographed Barrett for The Madcap Laughs cover, and artist Duggie Fields who shared an apartment in London's Earls Court with Barrett in 1968 and witnessed his changing mental state at close hand.

According to his sister, Barrett watched the documentary when it was broadcast on the BBC. He apparently found it "too loud", although he did enjoy seeing Mike Leonard, whom he referred to as his "teacher". He also enjoyed hearing "See Emily Play" again.[2]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[3] Gold 5,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Platinum 50,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Pink Floyd Unfiltered". YouTube.
  2. ^ Willis, Tim (6 October 2002). "You shone like the sun". The Observer. London. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Canadian video certifications – Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett – The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story". Music Canada. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  4. ^ "British video certifications – Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett – The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 January 2022.

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