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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Mr. Byrne Will Destroy You Now: Talking Heads and Other Craveable Crisis Music

The story of the first song I didn't just want to hear but craved -- with a growling NOW and it didn’t matter who was there to find my taste raw and klutzy -- began on a rare non-miserably-hot North Carolina night. Boyfriend's car. Target parking lot. I wanted to hear “Something in the Air Tonight.” Who cared …