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Bristol, United Kingdom (1945 – present)

Robert Wyatt, born Robert Ellidge, in Bristol, UK on 28 January 1945, is an English musician, and a former member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine.

As a teenager, he lived with his parents in a fourteen-room Georgian guest-house, Wellington House, in Lydden near Canterbury. Here he was taught the drums by visiting American drummer George Niedorf.

In 1962, Wyatt and Niedorf moved to Majorca where they stayed with the poet Robert Graves. The following year, Wyatt returned to England and joined the Daevid Allen Trio with Daevid Allen and Hugh Hopper. Allen subsequently left for France, and Wyatt and Hopper formed the Wilde Flowers with Richard Sinclair, Kevin Ayers and Brian Hopper. Wyatt was initially the drummer in the Wilde Flowers, but following the departure of Ayers, he became lead singer.

In 1966, the Wilde Flowers disintegrated, and Wyatt and Mike Ratledge formed the Soft Machine with Ayers and Allen. Here Wyatt both drummed and sang, an unusual combination for a stage rock band.

In 1970, after chaotic touring, three albums and increasing internal conflicts in Soft Machine, Wyatt released his first solo album, The End of an Ear, which combined his vocal and multi-instrumental talents with tape effects.


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  • avantish

    I'm begining to warm up to his post Rock Bottom albums. None of them achives that same level of devastating sadness and beauty, but Old Rottenhat, Shleep and Cuckooland are damn fine albums.

    31 Jul 12:18am Reply
  • Kyonil


    12 Jul 7:30am Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    An artist can most certainly have more than one masterpiece.

    5 Apr 6:37pm Reply
  • StuffedBird

    Sea Song may be the best song I ever heard.

    2 Apr 12:28am Reply
  • FedePriebke


    12 Jan 10:34pm Reply
  • SilentDerp

    like you mostly late at night, you're quite alright.

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Faustiandan

    I think Shleep is his best - does this make me a snob?

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    can someone have more than one masterpiece? And surely Rock Bottom is that masterpiece as it's the one album that garners the most praise and generally considered as his best album.

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • matthewfoster

    Both Rock Bottom and Shleep are his masterpieces.

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • perezhivem

    ost "место на земле".советую.

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Bequeathed

    what a great musican

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Mampato

    Robert Wyatt received an honourary doctorate from the University of Kent. This took place in a graduation ceremony today, a day after my graduation ceremony! I missed the chance to meet him. This is patently unfair as I obviously, out of all the graduates, I'm his biggest fan. (Rock Bottom is my favourite record of all time.) I doubt whether any of the graduates have ever heard of him!

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    Shleep is his masterpiece [2]

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    AniRockAniMetal: go pocałować w tyłek.

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Stalinista szatan. Gdyby nie robił najlepszej muzy pod słońcem to bym go znielubił bardzo.

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • InKursion

    i love robert wyatt with all my heart.

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    What I said in February was a little tongue in cheek but I do believe Robert Wyatt did produced his masterpiece when he made Rock Bottom. His other albums are good too.

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • TeenageRiot-

    Yes, shocking indeed. Of course I have no problem with someone having a contrary opinion, but claiming that someone is a snob just because they like one album more than another - even in jest, which I'm sure it was - is pretty silly, especially when we are talking about an artist that's made a handful of stellar albums.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • avantish

    Anyone who says Rock Bottom isn't his masterpiece and suggests another of his recordings is his masterpiece is a show off and a snob. [2].. I Havent immersed myself in the post Rock Bottom phase completely, but so far the music he made in the 80s & 90's amounts to nothing more than a giant snooooze fest. Even that Ruth/Richard album does nothing for me.. Not everyone shares the same opinion guys, what a shocker!

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    на фото какой-то художник-передвижник, реально

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
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