Barry Adamson


Friday 2nd November 2018

Photo by Lee Jeffries

Name, where are you from?
Barry Adamson, Manchester.

Describe your style in three words?

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust tour. The last time he performed as Ziggy and The Spiders from Mars.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Alice Cooper - Childhood hero! The early line up was amazing.
Led Zeppelin - Again amazing rock band, amazing players.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Punk - huge influence that got me to pick up an instrument and play it!
Hip Hop - added to the punk element a few years later helped me to understand where I was coming from.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Martin Luther King - just to get his take on America here and now.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Danceteria in New York (early eighties). We played the first gig in the USA with Magazine there. I remember looking out from the stage and seeing Andy Warhol, the great artist, looking on with complete disinterest.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Todd Rundgren remains a genius of influence to me. His solo recordings where he plays almost everything have been a bit of a bible to me over the years.

Barry Adamson is a musician, writer, photographer and filmmaker. He came to prominence as the bassist for influential Manchester post-punk band Magazine and then later as a founding member of The Bad Seeds with Nick Cave. Barry has also had a successful solo career with his 1992 album 'Soul Murder' being nominated for The Mercury Prize. He is also a successful composer and has worked with filmmakers such as David Lynch and Danny Boyle.

26th October 2018 will see the release of 'Memento Mori (Anthology 1978-2018)' celebrating the 40th anniversary of his career. Find out more and pre-order the album here

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