Final 80 Copies of 'Psychedelic Renegades'
26 May 2022
Syd Barrett remains one of rock music's true cult figures. Recalled by the late Mick Rock as 'richly talented, totally unique and very beautiful,' Barrett and Rock met in Cambridge in the mid-1960s. Their friendship flourished and they subsequently lived and worked together in London from 1969 to '71. Psychedelic Renegades is born from that period and includes the photo sessions that culminated in the cover for Barrett's first solo album, The Madcap Laughs.
To commemorate the end of this seminal edition, prior to Mick Rock's passing it was agreed these final copies would include a specially created fine art print. The selected portrait was shot to accompany an article Rock wrote for Rolling Stone in 1971. Taken in the basement of Barrett's mother's home in Cambridge, this beautiful black and white photograph, one of the last taken of Barrett by Rock, is reproduced for the first time as an estate-stamped archival Giclée.
'Now I can share them with you, gentle reader. In truth this is the first time I too have seen certain photos, which were either under or over-exposed and therefore did not register clearly on the contact sheets. Talk about a blast from the past...' - Mick Rock
UPDATE | 10 June 2022: Only 15 copies now remain