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All Quiet Now: Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers, the founding member of 1960s psychedelic band Soft Machine, has died aged 68. A pioneer of the genre, he worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, John Cale, Nico and Robert Wyatt during his career. Bernard MacMahon, director of his last UK label Lo-Max Records, confirmed to the BBC News website Ayers died in his sleep at his home in Montolieu, France. “He was the moving embodiment of that sixties ideal of creativity, freedom of speech and free love,” he said. BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Stuart Maconie paid tribute to the musician, describing him as a “legendary English musician, a stalwart of the Canterbury music scene”. MacMahon described Ayers as a “character”, adding: “You wouldn’t forget him if you’d met him. He was father of the underground.” He added Ayers was very critical of his musical footprint. “I think he always made music entirely for his own pleasure and satisfaction despite the fact that he had this long career. I don’t think he had any interest in being a pop star,” he said. “Kevin was an artist and was plagued with massive insecurities about what he was doing. “He would write material and people would hear what he was doing and would have to practically force him into the studio.” Ayres and Soft Machine toured the USA extensively with Jimi Hendrix but he left the band in...

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Festival: Glastonbury 2016: Extended Line-up Released
Festival: Glastonbury 2016: Extended Line-up Released
Published On: March 29, 2016
Following the slow release of headline act names over the last month or so, an extended line-up for this year's Glastonbury Festival has been announced today. So for those signing the petition against Coldplay headlining Glastonbury’s famous Pyramid Stage for a historic fourth time, questioning the superstar appeal of Adele on Saturday night or unaware of the genius that is Continue Reading

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