The story of Wish You Were Here

Back in September, 1975, Pink Floyd released the album Wish You Were Here. My brother and I have always loved that album and it often comes up in our musical conversations.

Yesterday, my brother sent me a photo of Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of the band who supposedly suffered from a crippling mental illness combined with drug addiction. After penning some of the bands earliest successes, Syd left the band in April 1968. He meant a tremendous amount to the band and they missed him. He was their primary voice and they had to reinvent themselves after he left.

Wish You Were Here was an emotional reaching out to Barrett. This video tells the story of the creation of the album. About 53 minutes in, you’ll hear the story of Barrett’s return. If you don’t have the bandwidth to watch the whole video, jump there and watch for about 5 minutes and you’ll see the picture that Stu sent me.

If you are a fan of Pink Floyd, I think you’ll really enjoy this.