Syd Barrett, The Madcap Laughs Album Cover, 1969
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Syd Barrett, The Madcap Laughs Album Cover, 1969

By Storm Thorgerson
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The front cover of The Madcap Laughs, the debut solo album by Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett. It was taken at his Earls Court flat.

Image courtesy of Syd Barrett. Photography by Hipgnosis. 

"I think he'd painted the floor especially for the occasion. He crouched down by the fire place and I took a 35mm pic quite quickly. Something in his tousled hair and haunted eyes, something in his cat-like position spoke volumes for how he was. 

"At the time of writing this, Syd has just passed away. So to speak volumes I cannot.

"I loved him dearly but couldn't cope." - Storm Thorgerson 
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Syd Barrett, The Madcap Laughs Album Cover, 1969
Syd Barrett, The Madcap Laughs Album Cover, 1969

 
 
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