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Roy Harper (born 12 June 1941) is an English folk / rock singer-songwriter and guitarist who has been a professional musician since the mid 1960s. He has released a large catalogue of albums as an artist (22 studio albums and 12 live albums) and his influence has been acknowledged by many musicians including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin (who named the song “Hats Off to (Roy) Harper” after him), Pink Floyd (who invited him to sing guest lead vocals on their song “Have a Cigar”), Pete Townshend of The Who , Kate Bush, and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, who is on record as saying that Harper has been his “primary influence as an acoustic guitarist and songwriter”.

Few survivors from the golden age of British folk-rock have kept their reputations intact. Of the generation of troubadours who came of age in the folk clubs of London in the mid-1960s, some have passed away, others have surrendered to the regurgitation of the blandest form of acoustic folk music. But among the survivors, there is one figure whose body of work, comprising 23 studio LPs and almost as many live and compilation releases, has come to stand for a particularly single-minded form of integrity. That man is Roy Harper.

Now officially ‘retired’, and living in a secluded corner of Ireland, Harper has recently been hailed as a key influence by a much younger generation of devoted starsailors who instinctively recognise his innovations, his refusal to compromise and his visionary world view. It is rumoured that Joanna Newsom insisted she’d only play her recent UK shows if he would support her.

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  • Bullinamingvase

    Hey mk741 shove your comment up your big dumb ass.

    29 Aug 7:52pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    Stormcock...bloody hell

    21 Jun 8:34pm Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    I Hate The White Man is mystic! Amazing!

    5 May 1:35am Reply
  • mk741

    "Few survivors from the golden age of British folk-rock have kept their reputations intact." Indeed. Dropped by to say his new album is fantastic, only to find Harper's legacy and integrity as a person in jeopardy via charges of pedophilia in the 70s. The music will indeed always be great, but you have to wonder if the charges are true (take a look at the lyrics of "Forbidden Fruit" after all).

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Blessedheart

    Pfft, Gary Glitter was always shit.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Gary Glitter's music will always be great!

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Blessedheart

    The music will always be great, no matter what happens.

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    v Probably it is. But between being a good artist and a good ethical person, there is a huge distance.

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Yellowbadger

    Today's news is horrible - I just hope it isn't true

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • fergalmc

    Man & Myth is a triumph! Magnificent!

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • NoahIsCool

    Man & Myth could stand as his second best album

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Bullinamingvase

    Man and Myth review http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/sep/22/roy-harper-man-myth-review

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Bullinamingvase

    New Album out today http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2013/9/210 The best work Roy has done in years it is a masterpiece!

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Bullinamingvase

    Roy Harper - Bridgewater Hall - Manchester - Friday 25 October 2013 I have my ticket :)

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • fergalmc

    Flat Baroque and Berserk, Valentine and Lifemask all sit in the shadow of Stormcock but are all worth a listen.

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • twelvetunes

    Francesca!

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • aenimauk

    The Monster from his late album The Green Man is fantastic, great lyrics as always with Roy. Up there with his older epics like McGoohan's Blues, I Hate the White Man, all of Stormcock, etc...

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • lumunus

    The Same Old Rock - Awsome !

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TeenageRiot-

    Bryan Cranston [3] LOL! You're not wrong about his changing appearance though. There's a video of him playing in the 80s and it's weird how different he looks. No beard and shoulder length hair.

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Mahglazzies

    Also, I swear that Roy Harper is some sort of shape-shifting Wizard. He always looks so drastically different in all of his pictures.

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
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