Kevin Ayers
English musician
Kevin Ayers
Kevin Ayers is an English singer-songwriter and was a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. BBC DJ John Peel wrote in his autobiography that "Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it. " Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the late 1960s, and was closely associated with the Canterbury scene.
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Remembering Kevin Ayers, Britain's Carefree Psychedelic Genius
Rolling Stone - almost 4 years
For the first 10 years that I spent buying and treasuring his records Kevin Ayers – the British singer-guitarist-songwriter who died on February 18th at 68 at his home in France – was an irresistible mystery an exotic carefree genius of that nation's psychedelic and progressive rock accessible to this
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Kevin Bryan’s record review
Buxton Advertiser - over 4 years
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman,”Hidden People” (NAVIGATOR072)- In the mid nineties this husband and wife duo joined forces with the excellent Kate Rusby and Seth Lakeman to form folk “supergroup” Equation ,but they’ve kept a very low profile since then, with Kathryn opting for a life of blissful domesticity and Sean roaming the world as a member of brother Seth’s touring band. The couple have finally been tempted into the studio to record their long overdue debut album and the finished product is a gem of the highest order , boasting haunting self-penned narratives such as “Hang The Rowan,” “The White Hind” and “Huldra,” the latter inspired by a folk tale about a mythical being who lures unsuspecting Scandinavian men to their inevitable doom. The English Concert / Trevor Pinnock, “Vivaldi Stravaganza : 55 Concertos” (Archiv 479 0135)- All embracing archive anthologies seem to be all the rage these days, and Archiv’s latest addition to the ever expanding pile of box sets ...
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Tributes to internationally acclaimed musician from Aylesbury who played alongside Steve Miller and Mike Oldfield
The Bucks Herald - over 4 years
An Aylesbury jazz musician who played alongside the likes of Steve Miller and Mike Oldfield has died. Lol Coxhill, 79, died in the early hours of Tuesday morning from kidney failure after he was admitted to hospital in December with a rare condition of the nervous system. Saxophone player Lol, who grew up in Aylesbury, was reknowned for his experimental jazz and praised internationally by music magazines such as Time Out and All Music Guide. Plaudits such as John Lewis from Time Out once described him as a ‘soprano sax maverick’ who ‘touched on nearly every area of music over the past half century’. “In the ‘60s he jacked in his day job to accompany soul singers like Rufus Thomas. He’d sit in with bluesmen like Alexis Korner and Champion Jack Dupree. He was signed to John Peel’s label Dandelion and played bebop with the likes of Bobby Wellins and Stan Tracey, prog rock with Steve Miller and Kevin Ayers, and dabbled in ska and rocksteady with Rico Rodriquez and Jazz Jamaica. In 19 ...
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The Fall Of The Outsider: Luke Haines
Clash - almost 5 years
Where have all the outsiders gone? The savants, the nut jobs, the angel-headed hipsters fit to burn the heavenly cosmos of night? All are sadly lacking in the UK right now, with chequebook indie and dollar sign Grime bulldozing the fragile archicture of our pop heritage. Sometimes it feels like only a few genuine, bona fide outsiders are left. Luke Haines, therefore, is an endangered species. Creative lynchpin for The Auteurs and Black Box Recorder, his new book 'Post Everything: Outsider Rock & Roll' seems to profile the music industry just as the post-Millennial malaise set in. ClashMusic caught up with Luke Haines to define the fall of the outsider... - - - You’re obviously looking back on your own work now, do you see yourself sitting in a tradion of outsiders running through British pop music? Yes, absolutely. I’m not comparing myself, but people like John Cale, Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers, especially those kind of people on Harvest Records maybe in the earl ...
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Lo que hay que tener: Kevin Ayers - EFE EME
Google News - over 5 years
“Junto a Ray Davies, Peter Gabriel, Syd Barrett y algún otro más, Kevin Ayers forma parte de la galería de británicos excéntricos del rock, apegados sentimentalmente a la forma de vida y la mitología de su país, pero fascinados por las culturas de
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Mirror traffic - Svenska Dagbladet
Google News - over 5 years
... åldrande och vikten av att läsa John Updike-romaner. Men det är också inramat av en musikaliskt spontan nonchalans, en lätthet i steget som minner om lika delar Kalles Klätterträd, Malkmus egen tid i Pavement och Kevin Ayers vimsigaste ballader
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Pac-12 Football Has Local Flavor - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
West LA College safety Kevin Ayers intercepts a pass against Mt. San Jacinto last season. George Laase The 2011 Pacific 12 Conference football season kicks off in a few weeks and players from Culver City will be trying to make an
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Claudia Puyó trae su rock a la zona - rionegro.com.ar
Google News - over 5 years
Más tarde, a principios de los '90 integra la banda Kevin Ayers con Ollie Halsall, guitarrista inglés, emprendiendo una gira por Europa de una veintena de conciertos. Retorna a Argentina en 1992 mediante el ofrecimiento de Fito Páez para que integre su
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My summer playlist - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
One of Kevin Ayers's best moments, a song of real delicate beauty. Ayers founded the Wilde Flowers (who became the Soft Machine) and played with Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd at the UFO club. Reid is known by many more for what he didn't do rather than what
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ASU camp report (08.03): Offense airs it out - FS Arizona
Google News - over 5 years
... but could be eligible as early as Thursday. Fellow newcomer, wide receiver Karl Holmes was ruled eligible and practiced for the first time. JC transfer safety Kevin Ayers awaits his academic clearance as does true freshman defensive Mo Latu
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OWOSSO SPEEDWAY: Roney rules MCR Dwarf feature - Argus Press
Google News - over 5 years
Roney held off hard-charging Stephen Bobek with Junior Gould taking third-place distinction ahead of Josh Tinker and Kevin Ayers. It was Snow White Night at the Big O, during which the more vertically-challenged members of the community were allowed in
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The Police - The Hot Hits
Google News - over 5 years
The group originally broke through at the same time that punk was shaking up the music scene in the late 70's. Each member came from a different musical background: Summers played with The Animals, Soft Machine and Kevin Ayers, Copeland
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Nico - La sfinge del rock - Paperblog
Google News - over 5 years
Ritornerà in grande stile nel '74, con una storica partecipazione al concerto del Rainbow del 1° Giugno (con Brian Eno, Kevin Ayers e John Cale). Il ritorno in scena coincide con un rilancio dell'attività discografica. Nel '74 esce infatti "The End",
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Una Femme Fatale dal cuore spezzato - La Stampa
Google News - over 5 years
Lo suona anche il primo giugno del '74, al Rainbow Theater di Londra, in una serata con Brian Eno, John Cale, Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt e Mike Oldfield. Lei, da sola, esegue due brani: l'inno nazionale tedesco, completo delle strofe soppresse dopo la
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John Cale: Leading from the fringe - Stuff.co.nz (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
At other times he was working with Nick Drake, Eno, Nico, The Modern Lovers, Kevin Ayers... I'm still convinced this is a decade of near-perfect alternative-pop. And if you want to hear Cale's sound carrying across to more recent times,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kevin Ayers
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 68
    Ayers died in his sleep on 18 February 2013 in Montolieu, France, aged 68.
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  • 2005
    Age 60
    Ayers started to show up at Shepard's house with a guitar, and by 2005 passed some new recordings on to Shepard, most taped on a cassette recorder at his kitchen table.
    More Details Hide Details The songs were by turns "poignant, insightful and honest", and Shepard, "deeply moved" by what he heard, encouraged Ayers to record them properly for a possible new album. Signing with London's LO-MAX Records, Shepard found equal enthusiasm for the demos and after making some tentative enquiries, discovered a hotbed of interest for Ayers's work amongst the current generation of musicians. New York's Ladybug Transistor set up rehearsals for a possible recording organised by band leader Gary Olson, and Kevin and Shepard flew out to New York. When the rehearsals gelled, the entourage, which had now swelled to include horn and string players, flew out to Tucson, Arizona where the first sessions were recorded in a dusty hangar known as Wavelab Studios. With the tapes from the first sessions, Shepard set about getting Ayers to complete the album in the UK, where by now word had spread, and a host of musicians started gravitating to the studio. Shepard recounted meeting Teenage Fanclub at a Go-Betweens party and hearing their passion for Ayers' music, and wrote a letter to singer, guitarist Norman Blake. Mojo magazine reported that, within a couple of weeks, Ayers was in a Glasgow studio with Teenage Fanclub and a host of their like-minded colleagues, who had all assembled to work with their hero. Bill Wells from the Bill Wells Trio rubbed shoulders with Euros Childs from Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Francis Reader from the Trash Can Sinatras.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 43
    In 1988 he also recorded a vocal track for Mike Oldfield's single, "Flying Start".
    More Details Hide Details The lyrics of this song contains many references to Ayers' life. Despite the positive reception Falling Up received, Ayers by this point had almost completely withdrawn from any public stage. An acoustic album Still Life with Guitar recorded with Fairground Attraction surfaced in France on the FNAC label and was subsequently released throughout Europe. After a European Tour in April/May 1992 his musical partner Ollie Halsall suddenly died of a drugs related heart attack. Some collaborations with Ayers fanatics Ultramarine and a concert tour with Liverpool's Wizards of Twiddly completed his output in the 1990s. BBC DJ John Peel wrote in his autobiography that "Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it." In the late 1990s, Ayers was living the life of a recluse in the South of France. At the Sculpture Centre he met American artist Timothy Shepard, who had been invited to use studio space there, and the two became friends.
    The road back was marked with 1988's prophetically titled Falling Up, that received his first positive press notices in years.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 38
    The late 1970s and 1980s saw Ayers as a self-imposed exile in warmer climes, a fugitive from changing musical fashions, and a hostage to chemical addictions. 1983's Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain was, perhaps, a low-point for Ayers.
    More Details Hide Details He was quoted in a 1992 BBC radio 1 interview as saying he had "virtually no recollection of making those records", and that living in Deià was "a very bad move on my part. The social scene was very intense, a meat market of expatriates all flaunting themselves and on display. My career was going downhill".
  • 1976
    Age 31
    In 1976 Ayers returned to his original label Harvest and released Yes We Have No Mañanas (So Get Your Mañanas Today).
    More Details Hide Details The album was a more commercial affair and secured Ayers a new American contract with ABC Records. The LP featured contributions from B.J. Cole and Zoot Money. That same year Harvest released a collection entitled Odd Ditties, that assembled a colourful group of songs that Ayers had consigned to single B-Sides or left unreleased.
  • 1975
    Age 30
    Tensions were somewhat fraught at the event since the night before John Cale had caught Ayers sleeping with his wife prompting him to write the bile-soaked paean 'Guts' that would appear on his 1975 album Slow Dazzle.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    On 1 June 1974, Ayers headlined a heavily publicised concert at the Rainbow Theatre, London, accompanied by John Cale, Nico, Brian Eno and Mike Oldfield.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was released by Island Records just 27 days later on a live LP entitled June 1, 1974.
    The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories marked Ayers' move to the more commercial Island record label and is considered by many to be the most cohesive example of Ayersian philosophy. The production was expensive, with Ayers quoting the recording costs in a 1974 NME interview as exceeding £32,000 (a vast figure at the time).
    More Details Hide Details On this LP Mike Oldfield returned to the fold and guitarist Ollie Halsall from progressive rock band Patto began a twenty-year partnership with Ayers.
    1974 was a watershed year for Ayers.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to releasing his most compelling music in this year, he helped provide other artists with access to a wider stage, most notably Lady June (June Campbell Cramer). The recording, titled Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy, made in a front room of Cramer's home in Vale Court, Maida Vale, brought Lady June's spoken word poetry together with the music and voice of Ayers, and also had contributions by Brian Eno and Pip Pyle. It was originally released on Ayers' own Banana Productions label (via Virgin/Caroline).
  • 1972
    Age 27
    He also played an instrumental role in Steve Hillage appearing in Gong in 1972, while Steve was touring France as a member of Ayers's band.
    More Details Hide Details A second album, Shooting at the Moon, soon followed. For this, Ayers assembled a band that he called The Whole World, including a young Mike Oldfield on bass and occasionally lead guitar, avant-garde composer David Bedford on keyboards and improvising saxophonist, Lol Coxhill. Again Ayers came up with a batch of engaging songs interspersed with avant-garde instrumentals and a heavy dose of whimsy. The Whole World was reportedly an erratic band live, and Ayers was not cut out for life on the road touring. The band broke up after a short tour, with no hard feelings, as most of the musicians guested on Ayers' next album, Whatevershebringswesing, which is regarded as one of his best, featuring the mellifluous eight-minute title track that would become Ayers' signature sound for the '70s. Bananamour was the fourth studio album by Kevin Ayers and it featured some of his most accessible recordings, including "Shouting in a Bucket Blues" and his whimsical tribute to Syd Barrett, "Oh! Wot A Dream". After Whatevershebringswesing, Ayers assembled a new band anchored by drummer Eddie Sparrow and bassist Archie Legget and employed a more direct lyricism. The centrepiece of the album is 'Decadence', a portrait of Nico.
  • 1971
    Age 26
    Ayers was to all intents and purposes a member of Gong in 1971 when the band first toured the UK.
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  • 1967
    Age 22
    They released their debut single 'Love Makes Sweet Music'/'Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin' in February 1967, making it one of the first recordings from the new British psychedelic movement. Their debut album, The Soft Machine, was recorded in the USA for ABC/Probe and released in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details It is considered a classic of the genre. To many in the U.S, the Soft Machine was best known for being the opening act on Jimi Hendrix second U.S. tour, thus exposing them to an entire new audience. After an extensive tour of the United States opening for Jimi Hendrix, a weary Ayers sold his white Fender Jazz bass to Noel Redding and retreated to the beaches of Ibiza in Spain with Daevid Allen to recuperate. While there, Ayers went on a songwriting binge that resulted in the songs that would make up his first album, Joy of a Toy. The album was one of the first released on the new Harvest label, alongside Pink Floyd's. Joy of a Toy established Ayers as a unique talent with music that varied from the circus march of the title cut, to the pastoral "Girl on a Swing", and the ominous "Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong", based on a Malay folksong. Ayers' colleagues from Soft Machine backed him, with the addition on some cuts of Rob Tait, sometime Gong drummer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on August 16, 1944.
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