Roy Harper

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 June 1941, Rusholme, Manchester, England. Although introduced to music through his brother’s skiffle group, Harper’s adolescence was marked by a harrowing spell in the Royal Air Force. Having secured a discharge by feigning insanity, he drifted between mental institutions and jail, experiences which left an indelible mark on later compositions. Harper later began busking around Europe, and secured a residency at London’s famed Les Cousins club on returning to Britain. His debut album, Sophisticated Beggar (1966), was recorded in primitive conditions, but contained the rudiments of the artist’s later, highly personal, style. Come Out Fighting Genghis Smith was released as the singer began attracting the emergent underground audience, but he was unhappy with producer Shel Talmy’s rather fey arrangements. He was also subsequently unhappy with the cover shot, preferring the reinstated image used on the reissued album of a baby being born,...

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