Kevin Ayers

Born 16 August 1944. Died 18 February 2013.
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Kevin Ayers (16 August 1944 – 18 February 2013) was an English singer-songwriter and a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the mid-1960s, and was closely associated with the Canterbury scene. He recorded a series of albums as a solo artist and over the years worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, John Cale, Elton John, Robert Wyatt, Andy Summers, Mike Oldfield, Nico and Ollie Halsall, among others. After living for many years in Deià, Majorca, he returned to the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s before moving to the south of France. His last album was The Unfairground, recorded in New York City, Tucson, and London in 2006.

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  1. Review of The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories

    The Confessions Of Dr. Dream And Other Stories 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Complete with b-sides and out takes, is a fitting epitaph to a golden period.
  2. Review of The Unfairground

    The Unfairground 2007

    Reviewed by Charles De Ledesma
    The return of Kevin Ayers might not trigger a riot, but on this form its reason to get...
  3. Review of Joy Of A Toy, Shooting At The Moon, Whatevershebringswesing, Bananamour

    Joy Of A Toy, Shooting At The Moon, Whatevershebringswesing, Bananamour 2003

    Reviewed by Rob Webb
    ...on the terrifying ''Song From The Bottom Of A Well'' from...
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