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Bristol, United Kingdom (1945 – present)

Robert Wyatt, born Robert Ellidge, in Bristol 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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  • Kjetsaa

    Cuckooland is his masterpiece. <3

    16 Dec 9:18am Reply
  • Faustiandan

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

    1 Nov 7:04pm 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 1:42pm Reply
  • matthewfoster

    Both Rock Bottom and Shleep are his masterpieces.

    30 Aug 7:17am Reply
  • perezhivem

    ost "место на земле".советую.

    9 Aug 2:16pm Reply
  • Bequeathed

    what a great musican

    24 Jul 10:45pm 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 6:37pm Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    Shleep is his masterpiece [2]

    8 Jul 2:10pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    AniRockAniMetal: go pocałować w tyłek.

    20 Jun 4:45am Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

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

    29 May 11:19am Reply
  • InKursion

    i love robert wyatt with all my heart.

    21 May 4:40pm 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 10:04pm 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 2:21am 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 4:49pm Reply
  • Fodderstompf_

    Shleep is his masterpiece.

    2 Mar 2:21pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    на фото какой-то художник-передвижник, реально

    26 Feb 4:15am Reply
  • TeenageRiot-

    That might be the most idiotic thing RussellChap has ever wrote on this site, which says a lot really.

    21 Feb 11:06pm Reply
  • fergalmc

    V Haha! Well, let's just say that I think the competition up that end of the Wyatt scale is stiff. He is, after all, a MASTER|MUSICIAN so why can't he have a number of masterpieces? I have listened to a lot of his music over the years and much outside of the context of the Rock Bottom years. I'm not a snob or a show off when It comes to his music, merely a very enthusiastic fan who's immersed himself in Wyatt's music and formed his own opinions. That's quite understandable, right? Isn't that what we keen listeners do, who keep accounts, listen extensively, beyond the "recommended" territory of artists like Robert Wyatt and populate shoutboxes like this one with our highly "informed opinions"? Actually, come to think it, I am a very discriminating listener, a snob if you will! Just not in the way you imagine, Mr. Chap.

    20 Feb 1:52pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    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.

    15 Feb 9:38pm Reply
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    14 Feb 5:37pm Reply
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