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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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  • 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
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    rock bottom - это просто нечто, выпадающее из истории музыки ХХ века вообще

    9 Feb 12:07pm Reply
  • fergalmc

    V What does that even mean?

    27 Jan 2:02pm Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    his old man music isn´t even that good, please start voting up the older pics

    25 Jan 2:02am Reply
  • GuilhermeReus

    A musica é boa, mas a tag progressiv e rock é zuada

    16 Jan 6:56am Reply
  • rodrigolopes32

    Chamar o som que este senhor faz de "rock progressivo" é até uma sacanagem...

    2 Jan 8:49pm Reply
  • Mampato

    Surely it's time for a new record? I've waited 6 years now, which is a relatively big fraction of my life.

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Flight123

    I can remember seeing it! I was 12 at the time and thought it was cool although I was probably waiting for Slade or someone.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Led_Zayatts

    I can't believe they let him perform on Top of the Pops in a wheelchair. Won't someone please think of the children! [2]

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Blacoma

    love this guy so much , when you are drunk , listen sea song is the better who could happens to a men.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    man o my dreams.

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    Shleep is probably better than Rock Bottom tbh.

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    Shleep's amazing! [2] just discovered it, kicking myself for being prejudiced against trying latter-day albums!

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
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