Syd Barrett Will Save Your Psychotic Soul

Re-posting an abbreviated version of this one, which I was fortunate enough to have featured in The Junction. The full essay now appears here. It’s no good trying to say what went wrong with him. By all appearances, Syd Barrett — original frontman of Pink Floyd — lost his mind. But whether he was schizophrenic as rumored or on …

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Not Even Supergroup Collaborations Are Proof of Heaven

Upon dying, if I discover there really is a god and he’s displeased I spent all (I’m going to go ahead and predict) forty-fivish years of my life not believing and I unload my go-to “But based on what evidence?” argument, and if Surprise God responds, “Uh, Brian May from QUEEN played with FOO FIGHTERS …