Home Graphic designer Pink Floyd Co-Founder Syd Barrett Subject of Mercury Studios Document – Deadline

Pink Floyd Co-Founder Syd Barrett Subject of Mercury Studios Document – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: Mercury Studios has completed work on a documentary about the co-founder of one of the greatest rock n’ roll bands of all time.

Do you understand or not yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd explores the enigmatic Barrett, who wrote Pink Floyd’s first two hits and even came up with the name of the band (a mix of obscure blues players Pink Anderson and Floyd Council). In 1968, just a few years after the band’s founding, Barrett was kicked out of Pink Floyd when his bandmates became alarmed at his mental stability and his use of psychedelic drugs.

Barrett recorded a few solo albums before leaving the company.

Musician-artist Syd Barrett, co-founder of Pink Floyd

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“Barrett gave up music, returning home to Cambridge for the last 30 years of his life and his first love of painting,” according to a statement on the documentary. “Amazingly, some of Pink Floyd’s biggest global hits – The dark side of the moon, wish you were Here and The wall examine themes of madness and fame, including “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Wish You Were Here,” written in tribute to Barrett. »

Do you understand or not yet? was directed by award-winning filmmaker Roddy Bogawa and the late graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, co-founder of the Hipgnosis company that created some of the most famous rock album covers of all time, including Pink Floyd. The dark side of the moon and wish you were Here. Thorgerson had known Barrett since the 1960s.

“The film was completed by Bogawa with StormStudios photographer Rupert Truman and producer Julius Beltrame following Storm’s untimely death in 2013,” the statement read. “Producer Orian Williams…came on the project while it was still in production.”

The documentary, produced by Believe Media and A Cat Called Rover, features new interviews with Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour (Barrett’s childhood friend who joined Pink Floyd in 1967 and essentially filled the void left by Barrett), Nick Mason and Roger Waters, as well as Barrett’s sister Rosemary Breen, Pink Floyd managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King, Pete Townshend of The Who, Graham Coxon of Blur and Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT, playwright Tom Stoppard and others. Actor Jason Isaacs narrates the film. The film’s soundtrack includes over 50 tracks of music by Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett.

Pink Floyd (LR Nick Mason, Rick Wright, Roger Waters and Syd Barrett) pose for a portrait in 1967 in London

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“Syd Barrett was more than the co-founder of Pink Floyd,” Mercury Studios CEO Alice Webb said in a statement. “He was the creative fuel, who became a pop culture icon, and left everyone wondering where he went as his presence lived on in the music that followed.”

Orian Williams commented, “The hardest part of telling Syd Barrett’s story was interpreting his harmony process and how unexpected sonic synergy and visual discord, both seemingly random, were planned and well thought out. [Director] Roddy Bogawa gives us insight into how Barrett channeled genius, madness and experimentation into Pink Floyd, the vessel in which all things came to life but also took Syd away.

Bogawa adds: “It is the tragic story of Brian Wilson and Kurt Cobain and many others in the field of music and art whose explosive creative impulses are often based on a fragile and exuberant energy which undergoes the pressure for their success. The film is not only a portrait of one of music’s most iconic cult figures through the lens and memories of his bandmates, lovers, friends and musicians, but also a look back at a group of friends growing up in the mid-sixties and their idealism, ambitions, hopes and dreams during such an incredible cultural moment.

The film’s executive producers include Luke Thornton and Liz Silver for Believe Media, Paul Loasby and Geoff Kempin and Alice Webb for Mercury Studios. Distribution of the documentary is pending; Will White of Mercury Studios is handling sales.

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Among Mercury Studios’ ongoing projects is the Disney+ documentary If these walls could sing“The Untold Story of Famous Abbey Road Studios”, directed by photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney (daughter of Paul McCartney), and Shania Twain: Not just a girla documentary about the country and the pop superstar that is streaming on Netflix.

Recent Mercury Studios Miles Davis: Birth of Cooldirected by Stanley Nelson, won two News and Documentary Emmys, including Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary and Outstanding Sound.