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Chosen by: NME’s Liam Cash

No musician ever made the distinction between ‘rock’n’roll star’ and ‘cult hero’ more clear than Syd Barrett. Collaborators remember him once suddenly “wearing lipstick and high heels, believing he had homosexual tendencies”. A dark, sporadically beautiful and to this day fascinating character – and the “sporadically” bit is absolutely key.

 
 
 
 
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