I thought he was already dead

I just read that music legend Syd Barrett has died. I knew he was an eccentric and a recluse, but I guess I assumed he was already dead. The news doesn’t spur me into any knee-jerk reaction where I feel the need to download tracks or read the Wikipedia entry (I assume one exists) on him, but it does make me wonder how many revolutionary artists are tucked away from tabloid and journalistic scrutiny, doomed to become a headline that most people shrug over and think, “I thought he was already dead.”

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