Syd Barrett's First Love Wasn't Music

(Gibson) According to his sister, Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett saw himself as a painter, not a musician. Yahoo News reports that Rosemary Breen spoke at an exhibition of her brother's works and said: "He was firstly an artist and secondly a musician. If ever he was asked what he did, the reaction would always be 'I'm an artist,' never 'I'm a musician.'"

Barrett formed Pink Floyd in 1965 along with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. He quit the band after three years, becoming famous for his reclusive lifestyle. "He never ever understood celebrity," Breen said. "He never sought it and he didn't want it. It was just a complete mystery to him why people wanted to see him.

"He was an artist who had got sidetracked half way through his life into playing music, which he'd always enjoyed as a hobby and then came back to art. He thought he was the same as everybody else: he didn't see anything special about himself." more on this story

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