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  Henry Cow - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
Henry Cow was a British avant-garde rock group, founded at Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson.
Henry Cow began as a "dada" blues band in May 1968, but exposure to a variety of new music from bands and musicians like Soft Machine, Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa caused a radical shift in direction.
Although these groups and Henry Cow were musically diverse, what they had in common was: (1) their independence and opposition to the established Rock business; and (2) a determination to pursue their own work regardless.
www.arikah.net /encyclopedia/Henry_Cow   (2662 words)

 Henry Cow: Western Culture: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Henry Cow was this type of band, and what follows may change your perception of prog forever.
Henry Cow was founded at Cambridge University, England by guitarist Fred Frith and keyboardist/reed player Tim Hodgkinson.
Henry Cow's sound always seemed to me a direct response to what was popularly passing as experimental music during their time.
pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/h/henry-cow/western-culture.shtml   (1271 words)

 henry cow
Henry Cow was first and foremost a performing group; none of the records get near to what we were like on stage, and of course, there is a mass of music that we never even tried to record.
Henry Cow was a full time project and we pretty much lived on top of each other for about 5 years, either on tour or rehearsing.
It was in Ottawa that Henry Cow met Geoff Leigh (he and I had been at school together) and invited him to play on our second John Peel show.
www.ccutler.com /ccutler/bands/group02.shtml   (1720 words)

 Henry Cow
British progressive pioneers Henry Cow (who actually didn't take their name from early Twentieth-Century American composer Henry Cowell) gave birth to a whole school of bands whose uncompromisingly anti-commercial musical stance had less to do with punk's DIY ethic than with Theodore Adorno's argument that radical ideas require radical forms of expression.
As so often occurs with self-conscious experimentalists, Henry Cow's version of radical music-making placed them in the vanguard not of the culture at large but of a vibrant artistic sub-culture.
Henry Cow kick off their career on record with a full-on blower, the Frith-penned, Leigh-dominated "Nirvana For Mice." From then on the style is a singular and sensational variation on the instrumental Canterbury sound of Hatfield & The North, Matching Mole, and (some) Caravan.
www.furious.com /perfect/henrycow.html   (1396 words)

 Meredy's Too Close for Comfort Tribute
Henry Rush, a conservative San Francisco cartoonist of children's comic book heroine, Cosmic Cow, resided in the upstairs apartment of a two story home with wife, Muriel, a former big band singer, (which allowed us to occasionally hear Nancy Dussault's terrific voice), and free-lance photographer.
During the subsequent seasons, Henry's hippie niece April stayed with the family for a year, Muriel became pregnant and gave birth to son, Andrew, Henry's hated mother-in-law Iris was a semi-regular, Jackie became a fashion designer and was engaged to a policeman, Brad, but broke the engagement, and went to Italy to pursue her career.
Henry purchased a 49% share in a weekly newspaper, the Marin Bugler, and Muriel, Andrew and he moved to Mill Valley, CA to be closer to his new business.
www.meredy.com /cosmiccow   (827 words)

 Dagmar Krause - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henry Cow toured Europe for two years, during which time they released a live album Henry Cow Concerts (1976) which included Krause singing duos with Robert Wyatt.
But in May 1976 she was forced to withdraw from Henry Cow's hectic tour schedule due to ill health and returned to Hamburg.
Part of the intrigue of Krause's singing is her German-inflected vocals, but whether she sings in English or German, she still maintains her flawless phrasing and the ability to infuse lyrics with almost tangible emotion.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dagmar_Krause   (1318 words)

 BLEGVAD, Peter : MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Henry Cow joined forces with Slapp Happy for Desperate Straits, a co-billing on Virgin '74.
By the time of Henry Cow's In Praise Of Learning on Virgin '76, Blegvad was part of that group.
He began work on an opera '90 with former Henry Cow members Anthony Moore and Dagmar Krause; commissioned by Channel 4 in Britain, it was called Camera (in this context the Italian for 'room').
www.musicweb-international.com /encyclopaedia/b/B152.HTM   (597 words)

 Henry Cow: Reviews, Discography, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This turnover was one factor in the consistent vitality of Henry Cow [+]; another was the dedicated core of the band, a serious, politicized trio whose interest in improvisation served to leaven the complexity they supplied as primary writers.
Together, their sound was so mercurial and daring that they had few imitators, even though they inspired many on both sides of the Atlantic with a blend of spontaneity, intricate structures, philosophy, and humor that has endured and transcended the "progressive" tag.
Since the demise of Henry Cow [+], its members have continued in creative directions, mostly working in Europe with rock-based or improvising ensembles.
www.music.com /group/henry_cow/1   (361 words)

 Henry Cow Concerts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henry Cow Concerts is a live double album by British avant-garde rock group Henry Cow, recorded at concerts in London, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway between September 1974 and October 1975.
The extra tracks came from Greasy Truckers, Live at Dingwalls Dance Hall (1974), a double LP of a concert performed by Camel, Henry Cow, Global Village Trucking Co and Gong – each band contributing to one side of the double album.
Due to a power failure at the event, Henry Cow never got to perform and instead recorded their set at the Manor Studios the next day on 4 November 1973.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Henry_Cow_Concerts   (338 words)

 Henry Cow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Without Lindsay they were forced to abandon much of their learned material and worked up a 35-40 minute piece unlike anything else they had done before (this later became "Living in the Heart of the Beast" on In Praise of Learning).
In May 1976 Henry Cow compiled a double LP Henry Cow Concerts for a new Norwegian underground label Compendium (re-released later on the budget Virgin sub-label Caroline).
In August they returned to the Sunrise studios to compete Western Culture after which the band officially announced their break-up in the press, stating that "… although the group as a commodity, as a name, ceases to exist the work of the group will go on …" [1].
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Henry_Cow   (2569 words)

 VH1.com : Henry Cow : Biography
Henry Cow was one of the best-known and most widely traveled English bands of the progressive era (though only a cult-favorite in the U.S.), and their music has aged amazingly well over the last 20 years due to diverse influences (Oliver Messiaen, Kurt Weill, Frank Zappa, and Soft Machine were a few) and uncompromising creativity.
This turnover was one factor in the consistent vitality of Henry Cow; another was the dedicated core of the band, a serious, politicized trio whose interest in improvisation served to leaven the complexity they supplied as primary writers.
Since the demise of Henry Cow, its members have continued in creative directions, mostly working in Europe with rock-based or improvising ensembles.
www.vh1.com /artists/az/henry_cow/bio.jhtml   (368 words)

 HENRY COW discography, MP3 and reviews
British progressive pioneers HENRY COW was the leading group of the Rock In Opposition* (R.I.O. for short) movement, initiated by their drummer Chris CUTLER.
All members of HENRY COW have been involved in collaborations with Canterbury groups and artists at one point or another, and most of them still are.
With their final album "Western Culture" is the final HENRY COW release, and it represents the next logical step from "In Praise of Learning".
www.progarchives.com /Progressive_rock_discography_BAND.asp?band_id=608   (436 words)

HENRY COW #7 3/72-12/73 (Leg End) Fred Frith Tim Hodgkinson John Greaves Chris Cutler Geoff Leigh [g,vln,p] [kbd,reeds] [b,p] [d,per] [sx,fl] ________________________________________
HENRY COW #10 4/75-1/76 Fred Frith Tim Hodgkinson John Greaves Chris Cutler Dagmar Krause Lindsay Cooper [g,vln] [kbd,reeds] [b] [d,per] [vo] [reeds]
HENRY COW #12 6/76-10/77 Fred Frith Tim Hodgkinson Chris Cutler Lindsay Cooper Georgie Born Dagmar Krause [g,vln,p] [kbd,reeds] [d,per] [reeds] [cello,b] [vo]
www.macgraphic.co.jp /ich/henry_cow   (384 words)

 Review - Henry Cow: Western Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Henry Cow was a band truly ahead of its time.
Henry Cow was essentially a commune of musicians with Tim Hodgkinson (keyboards and reeds), Chris Cutler (drums) and Fred Frith (guitar and other stringed instruments) as their constant core.
The band plays almost straight jazz with elements of third stream (jazz/classical fusion) with the composition "On the Raft." Henry Cow follows a similar modus operandi throughout the record as they perform scintillating and virtuosic music.
www.cosmik.com /aa-junejuly05/reviews/review_henry_cow.html   (224 words)

 Henry Cow - In Praise of Learning   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Henry Cow were a legendary force in music in the 70's, the first band to sign to the fledgling Virgin label, and along with Soft Machine and Hatfield and the North, a key part of the so called 'Canterbury' rock scene.
After the parting of ways with Virgin, Cow went on to record Western Culture on their own label, and shortly afterwards the group split up.
This album is essential for fans of Henry Cow, the Canterbury/Soft Machine school, and all those interested in challenging music.
www.ccutler.com /rer/onesheets/rerhc3.html   (328 words)

 Henry Cow [www.progweed.net]
In Praise of Learning, however, is a true Henry Cow statement, with noisy free improv facing off against complex composed pieces, and the addition of a real vocalist (the infamous Dagmar Krause) allowing the band to voice their Marxist politics through lyrics as well as music.
In Praise of Learning is a collaborative effort between Henry Cow and cabaret-rockers Slapp Happy, and "War" could technically be considered a Slapp Happy song, since it was written by Peter Blegvad and Anthony Moore.
The brief "Look Back" may be even more surprising to those familiar with Henry Cow's reputation for aggressive avant-gardism: this bittersweet chamber piece for guitar, winds and strings has more in common with the mid-1920s modernist scene than with anything post-war.
www.progweed.net /reviews/henrycow/henrycow-band.html   (1679 words)

 The Art Bears - Free Music Downloads, Videos, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links
Frith and Cutler were longtime members of the seminal English radical political avant-garde art rock band Henry Cow, while Krause sang primarily with the fine German band Slapp Happy and in Henry Cow's latter years.
The political tinge of the Henry Cow years never went away, and it was unsurprising that Marxist rhetoric and anti-capitalist diatribes formed much of band's lyrical firmament.
Frith, as he proved in Cow, was (and is) a guitarist of astonishing ability, combining a searing, complex technique reminiscent of the free music improvisations of seminal British guitarist Derek Bailey with a boyhood love of blues and early British rock & roll.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/music/artist/bio/0,,398634,00.html   (369 words)

 Henry Cow
Henry Cow are most often compared to either their Canterbury colleagues, Gong, or Gentle Giant, as far as complexity goes.
Actually, this was Henry Cow's second collaboration with members of a slightly similar RIO band, Slapp Happy, and the result is way, way more listenable than Legend, if not necessarily more 'likeable'.
I predict, though, that not all Henry Cow fanatics will be able to tolerate Ms Krause, and even more so for the non-fanatics.
starling.rinet.ru /music/henry.htm   (1788 words)

 New Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock HE-HY
Henry Cow started in 1968 as a "loose-knit blues-based six-piece group with a Dadaist sense of humour" (from the liner notes).
Henry Cow requires a dedicated ear to enjoy the angular melodies and a truly devoted ear to enjoy the horn squonks.
Henry Cow essentially developed the RIO (rock in opposition) sound, combining rock, free-form jazz and a little classical into an edgy sort of avant-garde mix.
www.gepr.net /he.html   (15747 words)

 MusicSearcher.com: Henry Cow | In Praise of Learning
That any music by Henry Cow is out of stock is understandable, but unforgivable.
Enough to know about the sacrifice these artists made for their art, and enough to know that in an industry increasingly obsessed with predictable product there is less and less and soon even less room for music that actually says something.
Slapp Happy integrated into Henry Cow for this lp, and it is the marriage of the catchy tune and the funereal dirge.
www.musicsearcher.com /Items/752725011129/Reviews   (541 words)

 Henry Cow - Satan Stole My Teddybear
Recorded at the height of Henry Cow's strange career, In Praise of Learning perfectly encapsulates what the Henry Cow experience is all about.
Henry Cow was not Marxist in the Rage Against the Machine sense of the word, but bounced around in a convoluted web of experimentalism and Brechtian notions of political art.
The overall album is fairly diverse, beginning with a rather musical little number called "War", a trumpet blaring sing-along in a style reminiscent of the Sugarcubes of eighties fame.
www.ssmt-reviews.com /db/searchrev.php?artistID=1301&showReview=true   (382 words)

 Legend - Henry Cow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Their music was not meant to comfort or bolster exploitative or middle class values or assumptions as to what music is or isnt.
The Cow mix both incredibly complex composed pieces with stretches of improvised rock and jazz-like interplay that continually challenge the listener.
Henry Cow were trying to throw off convention and forge their own path and for the most part are successful with Leg End, their first album.
www.latinmusiclink.com /Legend_B000000PLL.html   (588 words)

 The Mystical Beast
The plan was to record two albums: one with Slapp Happy in control and the second with Henry Cow in charge.
Henry Cow were into super tricky time signatures, Art music with a capital A, and a high level of seriousness.
The second album of the collaboration, In Praise Of Learning, was kind of marred by the fact that Henry Cow threw Peter Blegvad out (Peter claims that this was due to his inability to play in some ridiculous time signature).
mysticalbeast.blogspot.com /2004/09/for-their-third-album-fourth-if-you.html   (576 words)

 TrouserPress.com :: Henry Cow
While Henry Cow really had nothing in common with Slapp Happy (other than an utter lack of commercial recognition and some related hipness in certain circles), the two bands — both then signed to Virgin — joined forces.
Dialectical Marxists that they were, the Cow people figured that a merger with their dissimilar labelmates would create a unique synthesis.
This was effectively the last of Henry Cow; while the band regrouped (sans Dagmar) in Switzerland in 1978 to record the superb Western Culture — its most chamber-like effort ever, comprising two side-long instrumental compositions by Cooper and Hodgkinson — the band's days as a performing unit were through.
www.trouserpress.com /entry.php?a=henry_cow   (943 words)

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