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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:08 PM

Soft Machine co-founder Kevin Ayers dies in France

Source: huffpo



LONDON — Kevin Ayers, an influential singer-songwriter who co-founded the band Soft Machine, has died in France, his record label said Thursday. He was 68.

Ayers was an important figure in the British psychedelic movement spearheaded by the Beatles in the late 1960s. He did not achieve sustained commercial success, but his work is treasured by musicians and many fans.

Jack McLean, assistant to the managing director of Lo-Max Records in London, said Thursday that Ayers' body had been discovered in his bed at his home in the medieval village Montolieu in the south of France.

"We believe he died Feb. 18 of natural causes and was found two days later," McLean said. "He hadn't been ill, but he lived a rock `n' roll lifestyle and everything that comes with that."

Ayers, who was raised partly in Malaysia, moved to Canterbury on his return to England and formed Soft Machine in 1966 with drummer and singer Robert Wyatt. They took the name from a novel by beat generation author William Burroughs.

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from wiki

Kevin Ayers (16 August 1944 – 18 February 2013) was an English singer-songwriter and a major influential force in the English psychedelic movement. BBC DJ John Peel wrote in his autobiography that "Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it."

Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the late 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, which was recorded in New York City, Tucson, and London in 2006.

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Reply Soft Machine co-founder Kevin Ayers dies in France (Original post)
trailmonkee Feb 2013 OP
aint_no_life_nowhere Feb 2013 #1
trailmonkee Feb 2013 #4
Webster Green Feb 2013 #5
aint_no_life_nowhere Feb 2013 #6
Webster Green Feb 2013 #7
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #2
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #3
brentspeak Feb 2013 #8
GReedDiamond Feb 2013 #9

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:16 PM

1. I saw the Soft Machine twice in the summer of 1968

when they were on the same bill with Jimi Hendrix. They were a trio at the time, with bass, drums, and keyboards. I remember their bass player using a wah-wah pedal on the bass (which must have been Kevin Ayers who switched to bass from guitar) and playing guitar-like solos. It was hard to describe what they did as actual tunes you could hum but it was more like musical shapes and colors, especially if you attended the concert after partaking.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:26 PM

4. nice!

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:41 PM

5. I saw one of those shows.

It was at the Mosque in Richmond, VA. Small venue with great acoustics. I'll never forget it!

The Who played the same venue around the same time. OMG! Those were the days.

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Response to Webster Green (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:56 PM

6. Atlanta Municipal Auditorium

with terrible acoustics but it didn't matter. The full lineup included (in this order) the Irish rock group Eire Apparent, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, The Soft Machine, the Vanilla Fudge, and Jimi Hendrix. They stayed in town for two shows and I attended both.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:08 PM

7. Great line-up.

I've done shows at that venue (was a roadie for awhile). We liked playing the Fox Theater though. I was there with Little Feat a couple of times in the '70s.

Best solution for shitty acoustics is to fill the place up (of course). I'm sure that was the case for those shows.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:20 PM

2. His early solo albums blew my mind (the LSD helped, too).

I still listen to them sometimes on Spotify.

I think I'll listen to "Stranger in the Blue Suede Shoes" right now.

So sad.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:24 PM

3. Strange - the record company is a day behind

The Telegraph, for instance, had the news yesterday - and the BBC covered it on radio yesterday, too.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:12 AM

8. Enjoyed his work

Especially his solo debut album, "Joy of a Toy".

RIP, Kevin

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:38 AM

9. Very sad...RIP Kevin...

...your Soft Machine legacy lives on.

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