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Peter Hammill

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Ealing, West London, England (1948 – present)

Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill (born 5 November 1948, in Ealing, West London, England) is a , and a founding member of band Van der Graaf Generator. Most noted for his vocal abilities, his main instruments are guitar and piano. He also acts as a record producer for his own recordings, and occasionally for other artists.

With an extensive solo career spanning dozens of albums, Peter Hammill is certainly more than just the front-man and leader of Van Der Graaf Generator (VdGG). His literate, soul-examining lyrics and his often-anguished vocal delivery make his music perhaps an acquired taste, but his uncompromising artistic vision has shone since his first release, Fool’s Mate, back in 1971.

Stylistically, he has forged his own path, touching on , (before it was even called that), experimentation, intimate settings, and even /musical theatre (with his adaptation of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher).

Hammill’s solo career has coexisted with VdGG’s activities. The band was offered a contract by Mercury Records in 1968, that only Hammill signed. When VdGG broke up in 1969 he wanted to record his first solo-album. In the summer of 1969 Hammill had a residency at The Lyceum and played weekly solo-concerts there. Eventually the intended solo-album was released under the VdGG-banner as their first album (The Aerosol Grey Machine).

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  • junin_016

    What a voice!!!!!

    4 Jul 5:15am Reply
  • Kjetsaa

    Hammill is God, Satan and Nemo. ;)

    25 May 5:24am Reply
  • Pdna2

    Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas album, Other World, due for release on Feb. 3. Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu2I2pT7CpI

    18 Jan 10:03am Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    >> The Long Hello

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Dayvenkirq

    Damn. Didn't know he had a birthday. Good timing. Happy birthday, man!

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • deaddogg

    Happy birthday!

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Led_Zayatts

    Happy birthday, Peter Hammill! The spirit survives!

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • deaddogg

    Music God.

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • silvertree

    R.I.P. Nic Potter who played on some of Peter's albums.

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Smekermann

    leg end

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Led_Zayatts

    It's never safe to call anyone the best in anything.

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • qpskeifjtygh

    "Right out of character, out of sympathy, so far out upon a limb you're out of your tree...." Sad, romantic and deeply emotional.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • LunaticInKnots

    Birthday boy! May you live on and on and on, Peter!

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Sura94

    Just cant stop saying how GREAT he is dioporco

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • charlieLaRossa

    My favorite musical artist of all time ever ever EVER! Including classical artists.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Sura94

    The fuckin MAN

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • MoonRoe

    Music Wizard

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Led_Zayatts

    Well I've given Pno Gtr Vox Box plenty of listens, and it's an excellent release! Especially the VdGG songs - they still sound tense and powerful even in this ascetic format. Also interesting are the solo songs not otherwise present at all or in this format in his live releases, like The Unconscious Life and Sitting Targets. There are a few disappointing performances, some minor blunders and plenty of mixed up lyrics (not surprising, considering how much songs he keeps ready in his memory at his age), but generally it's great material, still has the spirit. Looking forward to the upcoming studio album!

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
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    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Led_Zayatts

    Well it actually turned up when I finally got tired of listening to PH, so I only tried the disk with VdGG songs, which was definitely interesting. A couple of songs were disappointing - I didn't like Darkness, and he can do The Siren Song a lot better, but the rest was good. I'm waiting for a different mood to give the whole thing a spin.

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
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