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Malcolm Mooney is a rock music singer, poet and artist, probably best known as the original vocalist for German Krautrock band Can. Mooney began singing in high school, and was a member of an a capella vocal group known as the Six Fifths. He spent some time as a sculptor in New York, then moved to Germany and befriended Irmin Schmidt and Holger Czukay. At one point, they began jamming and decided to form a band. Malcolm came up with the name The Can for the group, later shortened to Can. His presence was the locomotive that drove and defined Can’s rhythmic sound as heard on their albums Monster Movie (1969), Soundtracks (1970), Delay 1968 (1981) and Rite Time (1989). He returned to the States to resume his painting career in the early 70s.

Mooney maintains his musical expression with Malcolm Mooney and the 10th Planet, a bicoastal project with two releases. His artistic career is long and diverse, with many solo and group shows, as well as work as an art teacher, graphic designer, stage designer, and art assistant (for an itemized history visit Spoon Records). He is a sculptor and painter who studied under Walter Murch, Murray Reich, Lloyd Lillie and Reed Kay while attending Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts, 1962-1967, and worked with Ulrich Ruckream as a sculptor’s assistant in Köln while a member of musical group Can.

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