Robert Wyatt started out as the drummer and singer for Soft Machine, who shared a residency at Middle Earth with Pink Floyd and toured America with Jimi Hendrix. He brought a Bohemian and jazz outlook to the 60s rock scene, having honed his drumming skills in a shed at the end of Robert Graves' garden in Mallorca. His life took an abrupt turn after he fell from a fourth-floor window at a party and was paralysed from the waist down. He reinvented himself as a singer and composer with the extraordinary album Rock Bottom that has brought him a loyal following not just in Britain but in France, Italy and Germany. For about a decade he was a member of the Communist party, and in the early eighties his solo work was increasingly political. Today, Wyatt remains perennially hip, guesting with artists such as Bjork, Brian Eno, Scritti Politti, David Gilmour and Hot Chip. Marcus O'Dair has talked to all of them, indeed to just about everyone who has shaped, or been shaped by, Wyatt over five decades of music history.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd ISBN: 9781846687594 Number of pages: 464 Weight: 820 g Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 41 mm
Born in 1961 in what is now the West Midlands, since his debut The Accidental Woman in 1987 Jonathan Coe has carved out a niche as one of Britain’s finest exponents of satiric cultural observation. Novels such as What a Carve Up!, The Rotter’s Club and Number 11 create a wincingly-accurate portrait of Britain through the seventies and beyond, complete with all its petty class warfare and the agonising blunders of adolescence and middle age.
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