John Cale

british avantguarde musician John Cale

John Davies Cale, OBE is a Welsh musician, composer, singer-songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground. Though best known for his work in rock music, Cale has worked in various genres including drone and classical. Since departing from the Velvet Underground in 1968 he has released approximately 30 albums.
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Honduran Opposition Candidate Urges U.S. To Join Call For Re-Vote
NPR - 2 months
Salvador Nasralla is in the U.S. asking authorities to suspend aid to his country after presidential elections that the Organization of American States has declared fraudulent.
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14 Steps To Harlem: A Garland Jeffreys Premiere And Conversation, Plus Chatting With Virgil Films’ Joe Amodei On Clarence Clemons And More
Huffington Post - 10 months
GARLAND JEFFREYS’ “WAITING FOR THE MAN” PREMIERE/EXCLUSIVE On April 28th, Garland Jeffreys will release a new album, 14 Steps To Harlem. Jeffreys continues making socially conscious rock ’n’ roll, as heard in this exclusive/premiere, his cover of The Velvet Underground’s "Waiting For The Man." A Conversation with Garland Jeffreys Mike Ragogna: Garland, your new album 14 Steps To Harlem features your cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Waiting For The Man,” premiering today. You were friends with Lou Reed going back to your days together at Syracuse University, so I’m assuming you recorded it as a tribute to him. But why did you record that song in particular and were you ever concerned that you might get grief from comparison with the original version? Garland Jeffreys: I didn’t even think about getting grief until you said it! I’ve done covers over the course of my career—“96 Tears” and “What Does It Take” for example—and I always try to be as respectful...
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What's it like to hear the L.A. Phil play your music in Disney Hall? Ask these composers, ages 16 to 18
LATimes - 12 months
Conductor Christopher Rountree stands illuminated by a spotlight on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage. He takes a soothing breath and encourages the 2,100 middle school students seated before him to help perform John Cage’s seminal composition, “4’33”,” which requires the audience and musicians...
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GOP Leaders Join Call for Probe of Russian Hacking
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Momentum to pursue investigations into alleged Russian hacking in the U.S. presidential election picked up steam Monday, with the Senate’s top Republican joining Democrats, the White House and other GOP leaders in calls for a probe.
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'Leaving The Table'--A Eulogy For Leonard Cohen
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I have to etch these words into my memory forever, while they are still fresh, while I am still stunned, while I am still reeling: Leonard Cohen has passed away, aged 82 years. His music is playing on a loop in my room as I write this, his words are playing on a loop in my mind. I find myself suddenly making frantic online purchases of live Cohen recordings on vinyl--1970's landmark Isle of Wight album, Field Commander Cohen dating from his 1979 tour, and a 1988 concert from one of my favorite venues (Toronto's Massey Hall). Undoubtedly, there are millions of people all around the world who are feeling his loss. Perhaps they knew him personally during the early days in Montreal. Or they could have crossed paths with him in New York City at the Chelsea Hotel. Maybe there's a Greek family living in his old house on the island of Hydra, who could regale visitors with anecdotes left in its dusty corners. Maybe there's a woman in England who owns everything he's written--all the p...
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An Appreciation: Lewis Merenstein, producer of Van Morrison masterpiece 'Astral Weeks'
LATimes - over 1 year
Even if Lewis Merenstein hadn’t produced records by Gladys Knight & the Pips, Miriam Makeba, John Cale, the Spencer Davis Group, Mama Cass Elliot and numerous other acts, music fans would owe him a debt of deep gratitude if the only recording he helped usher into existence had been Van Morrison’s...
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John Cale: ‘Rock’n’roll is a rumpus house. You can do anything you want’
Guardian (UK) - about 2 years
The Welsh great talks of rearranging his past, working with Lou Reed and running riot with Bowie When you started out making music 53 years ago, did you anticipate having such a long career? Yeah, absolutely. As soon as you realise you can’t really do anything else. I couldn’t be an auto mechanic, I couldn’t be a brain surgeon. At an early stage, you realise you’re going to America to do this, and then you want to do more of this, and then you realise that rock’n’roll is more open to those ideas than classical music, where you started from. It’s a rumpus house, rock’n’roll. You can do anything you want in it. You can sing an aria or whatever and people will nod their heads and say, yes, we get it. You’ve remade your bleak 1982 album Music for a New Society under the name M:FANS. When you revisited those songs, what did you make of the person who wrote them? Confused and angry. But he’s trying to figure something out and if he doesn’t always succeed he always tries; that’s what sustain...
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Police Leaders Join Call to Cut Prison Rosters
NYTimes - over 2 years
More than 30 police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors are seeking alternatives to arrests, to reduce the number of criminal laws and an end to mandatory minimum prison sentences. The group is set to meet with President Obama.
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An Astonishing Novel That Continues to Inspire
Huffington Post - over 2 years
By Elizabeth Rosner | Off the Shelf The first time I read Virginia Woolf's luminous novel To the Lighthouse, I was 22 and in my first year of an MFA program at UC Irvine. Although I had already read Woolf's essay "A Room of One's Own," which certainly left an impression on my budding aspirations to write, I hadn't yet found my way to her novels. But reading this one fully changed my life. I can't imagine what kind of writer I would be now if I hadn't found its beacon. I am not alone. Eudora Welty describes her own discovery: "Blessed with luck and innocence, I fell upon the novel that once and forever opened the door of imaginative fiction for me, and read it cold, in all its wonder and magnitude." I was mesmerized not only by the gorgeousness of Woolf's prose but by the fluidity of the narrator's movement, the seamless way my attention was carried from one consciousness to another, the elegant subjectivity of the content. Images accumulated alongside emotional weather; pa...
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Prague Rockers in New York City: Lorraine Leckie & Pavel Cingl
Huffington Post - over 2 years
My first trip here was back in 2000 with a band called Snake Eaters. The band leader was an American who had lived in Prague for about six years. He moved to New York and brought us here. Our first show was at the Bitter End. For me, it was a fantastic experience. I remember feeling that my whole life as a musician up to then was just a 'rehearsal' to play in this legendary club in the Village. I remember meeting Kenny Gorka, and when he showed me the list of the amazing artists who had played on that stage - Miles Davis, Bob Dylan ...I thought 'oh my god, look where I am! l'll never forget that feeling in my heart..." Pavel Cingl Indie rockers in-the-know are aware of renowned Czech violinist, composer, producer Pavel Cingl by way of his work with legendary post-punk recording artist and author Phil Shoenfelt among other noted ensembles, including one musical group which fell into such disfavor with the Czechoslovakia Communist Party that they were consequently banned. "When I...
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Eleven Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - over 2 years
We serve the singer, the song, the soloist, and ultimately the listener. Though we do not possess the harmonic nor sonic range of a guitar, keyboards, voice, horns, wind instruments, nor the dynamics of drums and percussion-the bass player determines how a musical chord actually sounds - which, in essence -often determines whether or not you'll like the track. Do the math! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced and I congratulate all the artists: The Cars, Chic, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, The J.B.'s, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., The Smiths, The Spinners, and Yes. Since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation began in 1983 there has been much controversy over who belongs and who does not. It's no different than sports Halls of Fame. Controversy, dispute, and rock 'n' roll are siblings, and I accept that. However I must stand up for my woefully neglected bass brethren, some of whom no longer lay dow...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Cale
  • 2016
    Age 73
    In July 2016 Cale performed the songs "Valentine's Day", "Sorrow" and "Space Oddity" at a late-night BBC Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, celebrating the music of David Bowie.
    Cale released his sixteenth solo album M:FANS in January 2016.
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  • 2014
    Age 71
    In 2014 he appeared as vendor in an episode "Sorrowsworn" of the television series The Bridge.
  • 2012
    Age 69
    In the autumn of 2012 Cale released Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood, his first full-length studio album since 2005.
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  • 2011
    Age 68
    In May 2011 Cale and his band appeared at the Brighton Festival, performing songs to the theme of Émigré/Lost & Found.
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    In February 2011 Cale signed a record deal with Domino Records subsidiary Double Six and released an EP, Extra Playful, in September 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 67
    Cale was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.
  • 2009
    Age 66
    His work for the 2009 Venice Biennale 'Dyddiau Du (dark days)' was shown at the festival, along with a number of live performances at venues around Hobart.
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    Cale represented Wales at the 2009 Venice Biennale, collaborating with artists, filmmakers, and poets, and focusing the artwork on his relationship with the Welsh language.
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  • 2008
    Age 65
    On 11 October 2008 Cale hosted an event to pay tribute to Nico called "Life Along the Borderline" in celebration of what, five days later, would have been her 70th birthday.
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  • 2007
    Age 64
    In May 2007 Cale contributed a cover of the LCD Soundsystem song "All My Friends" to the vinyl and digital single releases of the LCD Soundsystem original.
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  • 2006
    Age 63
    In June 2006, Cale released a radio and digital single, "Jumbo in tha Modernworld", that was unconnected to any album.
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  • 2005
    Age 62
    In 2005 Cale produced Austin singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo's eighth album, The Boxing Mirror, which was released in May 2006.
  • 2003
    Age 60
    Signing to EMI in 2003 with the EP Five Tracks and the album HoboSapiens, Cale again returned as a regular recording artist, this time with music influenced by modern electronica and alternative rock.
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  • 1999
    Age 56
    Cale has also written a number of film soundtracks, often using more classically influenced instrumentation. His autobiography, What's Welsh for Zen?, was published in 1999 by Bloomsbury, a collaboration with Victor Bockris, author of a controversial biography of Lou Reed.
  • 1996
    Age 53
    In 1996 Cale released Walking on Locusts which turned out to be his only solo album of the decade.
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    Cale was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996, and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.
  • 1994
    Age 51
    In 1994, Cale performed a spoken-word duet with Suzanne Vega on the song "The Long Voyage" on Zazou's album Chansons des mers froides.
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  • 1992
    Age 49
    In 1992 Cale performed vocals on two songs, "Hunger" and "First Evening", on French producer Hector Zazou's album Sahara Blue.
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  • 1991
    Age 48
    Then in 1991 Cale contributed one song, "Hallelujah", to the tribute album to Leonard Cohen, I'm Your Fan.
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  • 1990
    Age 47
    In 1990 he again collaborated with Eno, on an album entitled Wrong Way Up, the accessible and uptempo album at odds with Cale's description of the fraught relationship between the pair.
  • 1989
    Age 46
    In part because of his young daughter, Cale took a long break from recording and performing. He made a comeback in 1989 with vocal and orchestral settings of poems by Dylan Thomas.
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  • 1985
    Age 42
    His daughter Eden Cale was born in July 1985.
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  • 1981
    Age 38
    On 6 October 1981 Cale married his third wife, Risé Irushalmi, and they had one daughter together, Eden Myfanwy Cale, born 14 July 1985. They divorced in 1997.
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  • 1980
    Age 37
    In 1980 Cale signed with A&M Records and moved in a more commercial direction with the album Honi Soit.
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  • 1979
    Age 36
    In December 1979, Cale's embrace of the punk rock ethic culminated in the release of Sabotage/Live.
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  • 1977
    Age 34
    In 1977 he released the Animal Justice EP, notable particularly for the epic "Hedda Gabler", based very loosely on the Ibsen play.
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  • 1974
    Age 31
    This era of Cale's music is perhaps best represented by his somewhat disturbing cover of Elvis Presley's iconic "Heartbreak Hotel", featured both on Slow Dazzle and the live album June 1, 1974, recorded with Kevin Ayers, Nico and Eno, and by his frothing performance on "Leaving It Up To You", a savage indictment of the mass media first released on Helen of Troy (1975), but quickly deleted from later editions of the record due perhaps to the song's pointed Sharon Tate reference.
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    In 1974 he joined Island, working on records with Squeeze, Patti Smith, and Sham 69, among others.
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  • 1972
    Age 29
    In 1972 he signed with Reprise Records as performer and in-house producer.
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    His classical explorations continued with 1972's The Academy in Peril.
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  • 1971
    Age 28
    In 1971 Cale met Cynthia "Cindy" Wells, better known as Miss Cindy of the GTOs and they married soon afterward. Their marriage was rocky and they divorced in 1975.
  • 1970
    Age 27
    In 1970, in addition to his career as a producer, Cale began to make solo records.
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  • 1968
    Age 25
    In 1968 John Cale married fashion designer Betsey Johnson.
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    In September 1968, Cale played his final gig with the Velvets at the Boston Tea Party and according to Tucker, "When John left, it was really sad.
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  • 1967
    Age 24
    Cale also played on Nico's 1967 debut album, Chelsea Girl, which features songs co-written by Velvet Underground members Cale, Reed and Morrison, who also feature as musicians.
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  • 1965
    Age 22
    In early 1965, he co-founded the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed, recruiting his flatmate Angus MacLise and Reed's college friend Sterling Morrison to complete the initial line-up.
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  • 1963
    Age 20
    In New York City Cale met a number of influential composers. On 9 September 1963 he participated, along with John Cage and several others, in an 18-hour piano-playing marathon that was the first full-length performance of Erik Satie's "Vexations".
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    He also enjoyed rock music from an early age and in 1963 he travelled to the United States to continue his musical training, thanks to the help and influence of Aaron Copland.
  • 1942
    John Cale was born on 9 March 1942 in Garnant in the heavily industrial Amman Valley of Wales to Will Cale and Margaret Davies.
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