John Cale

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Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

9 March 1942, Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Cale was a student of viola and keyboards at London’s Goldsmith’s college when introduced to electronic music. In 1963 he won a Leonard Bernstein scholarship to study modern composition at the Eastman Conservatory in Massachusetts, but later moved to New York where he joined the Dream Syndicate, an avant garde ensemble founded by LaMonte Young. It was during this period that Cale began playing rock and the following year he met Lou Reed through a mutual association with Pickwick Records. Sceptical of the company’s desire for exploitative releases, the duo left to form a group that later evolved into the Velvet Underground. Cale remained with this highly influential act until 1968, during which time his experimental predisposition combined with Reed’s grasp of pop’s traditions to create a truly exciting lexicon, embodied to perfection in ‘Sister Ray’ from White Light/White Heat....

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