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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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Live: Simple Plan @ Bristol Academy
Live: Simple Plan @ Bristol Academy
Published On: March 27, 2016

 When people think about the pioneers and major influencers of pop punk, they think Blink 182, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte and rightly so. But there is another inclusion and more often than not the Canadian 5 piece Simple Plan are missed off that list. They have been around for fifteen years and have released their fifth and most Continue Reading

All Quiet Now:  John Renbourn.
All Quiet Now: John Renbourn.
Published On: March 27, 2015
The musician was found at his home in Hawick in the Scottish Borders on Thursday after a suspected heart attack. He was due to play a gig at The Ferry in Glasgow with fellow guitarist and inspiration Wizz Jones but sadly he did not show. John Renborn In the mid-1960's he met Continue Reading

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