"Cult icon, enigma, recluse … the life of Syd Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd, is full of unanswered questions. Until now."
Following its exclusive premiere in London, the trailer for the upcoming documentary film, Have You Got It Yet?: The Story Of Syd Barrett And Pink Floyd, has been unveiled.
The documentary was made with the blessing of the Barrett estate and the permission of Pink Floyd's surviving members, the three of whom feature as interview subjects in the film.
Have You Got It Yet was directed by the late Pink Floyd art designer Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis with Roddy Bogawa (Junk, I Was Born But…).
Bogowa issued a statement via Louder Sound that reads, “Would anyone care about the story of Syd Barrett if Pink Floyd hadn’t become one of the biggest bands of all time? Would Pink Floyd have existed without Syd?
“I miss Storm probably in the same way as many of those in our film miss Syd, a friend who they dearly loved and shared fond memories and adventures — Syd just happened to become one of the most famous cult icons in music.”
Meanwhile, the official synopsis from Spin states, “Cult icon, enigma, recluse … the life of Syd Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd, is full of unanswered questions. Until now. Piecing together his comet-like rise to pop stardom, his creative and destructive impulses, breakdown, exit from the band, and subsequent life alone, this feature-length documentary is set against the social context of the explosive ’60s.”
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Barrett’s sister, Rosemary Breen, stars alongside Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters, early managers Peter Jenner and Andrew King and musicians influenced by his art, including The Who's Pete Townshend and Blur's Graham Coxon. The name of the documentary was pulled from an unreleased Syd Barrett song.
Have You Got It Yet will be played in UK cinemas from 15 May, with the film moving to the US in June. At the time of writing, no Australian premiere date has been set. Check out the trailer below.
Barrett co-founded the iconic psychedelic rock band with Roger Waters and Nick Mason in 1965. The trio released their debut album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and their second album, A Saucerful Of Secrets, in 1967 and 1968, respectively.
The sole Pink Floyd releases featuring Barrett, he was replaced by Gilmour in 1968 after dealing with worsening health issues and drug addiction.