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Barry Adamson

Barry Adamson was born and bred in Manchester’s Moss Side on 11 June 1958. A bona fide outsider from day one, he sought refuge in comic books and costume. “I would often be seen age six or so, pedalling my bike; lolly stick in the spokes of the wheels to make the sound of an engine, dressed as Batman. Other times I would walk around as a ‘Beatle’, complete with black plastic wig”, Adamson bemuses.

His schooldays confirmed to him that he should absorb himself further into ideas of music, art and film.

At the age of ten he wrote his first song, whilst in the following years Adamson would skip lessons and wait at home for the postman to deliver the latest Alice Cooper import from America. Home life was coated with the rhythms of Motown and Jazz. Roxy Music and David Bowie shaped his teenage years.

Adamson left school and shifted into graphic design. This was however short lived, and a life destined for the architect’s drawing board was thwarted when Punk Rock exploded in the late 1970′s which saw him pick up and learn the bass guitar overnight, so he was fit to audition for Howard Devoto’s Magazine. “The world was yours, and music was one big open door that screamed, ‘COME ON!”, enthuses Adamson. Magazine went on to record five albums and tour the world with discernible repute.

Adamson researched the life of his imagination further in the 80′s by moving to London and hooking up with the now legendary Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. “Let’s call this my black and blue period. The music, like me, was dark and unsettling!” he jokes. Adamson stuck around for three albums. All the while he was getting a taste for other instruments and a different kind of song structure, and like in his Magazine days, he was learning to put his ideas together for a new kind of album…

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Brighton Rockers

Double-Time Records
2012

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I Will Set You Free

Double-Time Records
2012

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Destination

Double-Time Records
2011

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Destination (Mush...

Double-Time Records
2011

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Therapist - A Barry...

Double-Time Records
2011

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Civilization

Double-Time Records
2008

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