This has some Big News in it for Syd Barrett fans, as I understood his last public gesture in the music press was his interview with Mick Rock for Rolling Stone in 1971. He formed a band called Stars that only played half a dozen or so gigs in 1972, and then he retired. I thought it was nice that Kevin Ayers and Steve Took included him on their lists (especially as he hadn't had any new product out since Barrett in 1970), but was astonished that Syd contributed a list to this poll on the last page - his last public gesture as "Syd Barrett" until he signed a few copies of Mick Rock's Psychedelic Renegades book a few years before his death in 2006. And, to my knowledge, completely unknown to Barrett fans.
An amazing find, and in general a thoroughly interesting post - thanks!
Glad it's of some interest, I started buying "Sounds" every week when it launched in 1970 (who remembers Penny Valentine, she always had a good word for Jimi) and would occasionally also buy copies of Melody Maker and New Musical Express if Jimi was featured. The Rock Wall of Fame has survived five house moves, I found it yesterday when looking through some old stuff.