SYD BARRETT – SYD SIGNED “PSYCHEDELIC RENEGADES” GENESIS DELUXE EDITION BOOK #38/320 (PINK FLOYD)
One of only 320 copies of the Deluxe Edition of Mick Rock’s highly collectible book PSYCHEDELIC RENEGADES. The Deluxe issue is hand signed by both Syd Barrett and Mick Rock, and bound in orange and turquoise leather with gold tooling and gold page edges, and individually numbered. This is copy #38 of 320.
Arguably the most sought after in the series of limited-edition book published by Britain’s Genesis Publications, this 2002 volume covers the period 1969-71 in Syd Barrett’s career after leaving Pink Floyd. Barrett’s friend Mick Rock photographed him in and around Syd’s London flat and at his family home in Cambridge. While some images are well known, many have never been published before.
Rock writes about Barrett in accompanying text, and it was he who undertook the last ever interview with Syd for Rolling Stone magazine in 1971. His original version of this memorable article is reproduced in full here, for the first time.
Mick and Syd were close friends and at one point in their friendship they were flatmates. Rock was able to create these intimate images of Syd throughout their friendship. One of Syd’s closest friends, the artist Duggie Fields, writes frankly about his own friendship with Syd. He describes life in the Earl’s Court apartment which he shared with Syd and where the Madcap shots were taken in Syd’s famous bedroom with the striped floorboards.
Pyschedelic Renegades was limited to 950 numbered copies worldwide, all of which were signed by Mick Rock. 320 of these copies were Deluxe copies, signed by Mick Rock and also by Syd Barrett. The late Mick Rock told us that when he approached Barrett’s sister to ask if he would sign the books, she didn’t think he’d be willing to do so. He’d left the public eye decades before, and wasn’t interested in revisiting his days as a musician. Rock was very surprised when she called back to say he’d agreed, because of their close friendship years before, and told him Syd sent along his best wishes.
These copies are hand-bound in full orange and turquoise leathers carefully pared and butted together to match the painted floorboards in Syd Barrett’s Earl’s Court flat. The Deluxe books are also decorated with gilt tooling and have gilded page edges.
This copy is in Mint condition, with a virtually Mint slipcase. Incredibly rare–this is the first we’ve had in nearly a decade– and stunningly beautiful. With Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
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