Different Every Time (Ebook)

The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt

Marcus O’Dair

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The first and definitive biography of Robert Wyatt, Britain's greatest cult musician, with an introduction by Jonathan Coe

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, 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.

Publication date: 30/10/2014

£11.99

ISBN: 9781847656490

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction, Popular Culture & Music

Introduction by: Jonathan Coe

Different Every Time (Paperback)

The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt

Marcus O’Dair

The first and definitive biography of Robert Wyatt, Britain's greatest cult musician, with an introduction by Jonathan Coe

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, 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.

Publication date: 09/07/2015

£16.99

ISBN: 9781846687600

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction, Popular Culture & Music

Introduction by: Jonathan Coe

Marcus O’Dair

Marcus O’Dair

Marcus O'Dair is the author of Different Every Time: the Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt. Shortlisted for the Penderyn music book prize, it was a Radio 4 book of the week and a book of the year in the Guardian, the Independent, The Times, Sunday Times, Evening Standard and Uncut magazine. Marcus has written for publications including the Guardian, Independent, Financial Times, Irish Times, Uncut and Jazzwise. As one half of Grasscut, he has performed across Europe and released three acclaimed albums (Ninja Tune, Lo Recordings). He is a senior lecturer in popular music at Middlesex University in London.