The band was named after two American blues musicians: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Other names they used included The Megadeaths and The Abdabs.
Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Nick Mason formed the band when they met at a London architectural school. Syd Barrett joined them shortly after.
Syd Barrett was the first high-profile acid casualty. He was the group leader until he gradually went crazy and had to be kicked out of the band. It got to the point where he would stand on stage and refuse to play his guitar. When Barrett couldn't contribute musically, the remaining members hoped he could stay on as a songwriter, similar to what Brian Wilson did for The Beach Boys, but he was too far gone. On July 7, 2006 Barrett died in his home in Cambridge at the age of 60 due to diabetes.
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