Photographs of Syd Barret by MIck Rock.
Book - 144 pages - 106 images - 26 x 22 cm - London, Plexus, 2007.
By the time he finally moved into the next dimension in 2006, Syd Barrett's life had evolved into something far more important than he could ever have imagined. The man who turned his back on probable fame, fortune and the entire rock scene more than thirty years ago had become an involuntary legend. Was he a genius or just a madman? The definitive answer to this question will never be known. But Psychedelic Renegades goes a long way toward unraveling the mystery of Syd's personality. Mick Rock's extraordinary imagery and candid lyrics reveal a man of immense natural charisma, whose moods can be dark and gloomy, but also cheerful with a frenzied laugh. Mick shared a friendship with Syd that started in the acid haze of the 1960s and lasted until the early 1970s when Syd locked himself up. This beautifully produced book covers the period 1969-71 and includes the photo shoot in and around Syd's London flat that produced the cover for his first solo album, The Madcap Laughs; it also features images Mick shot for the now-famous Rolling Stone interview in 1971, which were the last photos Syd ever posed for.