Graham Coxon

Born 12 March 1969.
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Guy Chambers and Graham Coxon chat to Jo Whiley

Songwriter Guy Chambers and Blur's guitarist Graham Coxon chat to Jo Whiley.

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Graham Leslie Coxon (born 12 March 1969) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and painter. He came to prominence as the lead guitarist, backing vocalist and occasional lead vocalist of the rock band Blur, and is also a critically acclaimed solo artist, having recorded eight solo albums. His artistic and musical contribution is featured on all seven of Blur's studio albums, from 1991's Leisure to 2003's Think Tank. Although credited as a songwriter on most Blur tracks, his most significant lyrical contributions appeared on the hit singles "Tender" and "Coffee & TV"; a number of tracks in the band's catalogue were also penned mainly by Coxon.

In 2002, he left Blur following a bitter dispute with the other members, notably Damon Albarn. As a result, he played guitar and was credited as a songwriter on only the final track for the following year's Think Tank. In late 2008, Blur reformed with Coxon in the fold. As well as being a musician, Coxon is also a visual artist, designing the cover art for all his solo albums as well as Blur's 13.

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  1. Review of A+E

    A+E 2012

    Reviewed by Camilla Pia
    Former Blur guitarist continues to innovate on his thrilling eighth solo release.
  2. Review of Spinning Top

    Spinning Top 2009

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    Blur guitarist's seventh solo album enters 'concept' territory!
  3. Review of Love Travels At Illegal Speeds

    Love Travels At Illegal Speeds 2006

    Reviewed by Dan Tallis
    Love Travels At Illegal Speeds, Graham Coxon's sixth solo album, is a more relaxed,...
  4. Review of Happiness In Magazines

    Happiness In Magazines 2004

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    Producer Stephen Street, the man who had a hand in the first five Blur albums, has...
  5. Review of The Kiss of Morning

    The Kiss of Morning

    Reviewed by Daniel Pike
    Interest in the album should not be restricted to Blur fans in search of snapshots...