Robert Wyatt and Alfie Benge – Side By Side (Book)
Selected and arranged by the authors, and with a new introduction by Jarvis Cocker, Side by Side presents the lyrics of innovative musician Robert Wyatt and his creative partner, English painter and songwriter Alfie Benge for the first time including previously unseen lyrics and artwork, annotations and poems.
Format Hardback – 224 pages, english
Dimensions 145 x 221 x 20mm | 410g
Item Weight : 14.5 ounces, Size: 6 x 1 x 8.75 inches
Publication date 10 Nov 2020
Publisher Faber & Faber
Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom
Artist and collaborator Brian Eno said ‘Whenever an aspiring musician asks me about songwriting I point them towards Robert and Alfie. Their work is so unusual, so perceptive, so playful and so grown-up…well, I don’t think there’s really anyone to compare. If you want songs that touch your mind as well as your heart, these are the best. Wide distribution of this book could improve the state of music dramatically.’
Published in hardback edition, this unique volume celebrates one of the most enduring creative partnerships of the last half-century.
Robert Wyatt was a founding member of influential English rock bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole. With a solo career that has lasted for over forty years, during which time he has guest-edited the Today Programme, curated Meltdown Festival and collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Björk, Brian Eno, Carla Bley, Paul Weller and David Gilmour, his own music remains unclassifiably personal.
Alfie Benge is a visual artist, songwriter and pioneering music manager, having managed Wyatt’s career for forty-six years. She is also married to Wyatt and, since 1982, they have collaborated on many of his most well-known songs.
Book and Cover in very fine condition