In the summer of 1966, Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd went on his first psychedelic trip and his life was forever changed. Nigel Gordon directed this 8mm film which includes a segment of the day when Barrett tripped on mushrooms at the Gog Magog hills in England. The following footage shows Barrett climbing around the hills, observing everything around him, and staring at his palms as he contemplates this profound experience.
Was this day the beginning of the end for Barrett, who was ejected from the band in 1968 and died in 2006? Or was it a new beginning of a brief but brilliantly creative period in his life?
"On an overcast day late in the summer of 1966, Syd first tripped on mushrooms while film student/friend Nigel Gordon captured the event on 8mm film. This marked the point of no return to Syd's life as he knew it. The spirit that entered the Gog Magog hills that day would not be the same entity that returned. The second part of this historic video shows Pink Floyd after having signed their first recording contract with EMI Records outside Abbey Road Studios in April '67. It is apparent in this scene that Syd has not yet come down from the hill."