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  Keith Levene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Keith Levene is a British guitarist and songwriter, probably best known as a member of Public Image Limited.
Levene was an early member of The Clash and the one-shot The Flowers of Romance (most notable for also featuring a pre-Sex Pistols Sid Vicious).
Levene would later claim he had written or co-written several other songs on the same record.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Keith_Levine   (150 words)

 Public Image Ltd. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lydon also launched an effort to locate guitarist Keith Levene (né Julian Levene), whom he had met on tour in mid-1976 while Levene was a member of The Clash.
Levene was a very small, skinny person, of the sort that one thinks of as 'runty.' Jah Wobble, for his part, was among the rarest of sensitive art-musicians and world-music aficionados in that his habits included assault and battery, setting people on fire, and hurling televisions out of hotel windows.
Levene had by then largely abandoned guitar in favor of synthesizer, picking up a technique that was nearly unique, although perhaps owing a debt to Allen Ravenstine of Pere Ubu.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Public_Image_Ltd.   (2156 words)

 Keith Levene: Killer in the Crowd - PopMatters Music Review
Keith Levene went from being a Yes roadie to one of the founding members of the Clash, making him one of the few connecting figures between the prog world and the punk world.
It seemed that as Levene was living his post-PiL life, releasing a handful of scraps and making a few, unnoticed, guest appearances, he was trying to apply this ethos to his own life, perhaps consciously avoiding making a full musical statement (the decision, of course, an oblique musical statement all of its own).
It is true that Levene is playing all the instruments, but the guitar has always been the "personality" instrument in rock and roll, and by limiting the effectiveness of his signature instrument on these tracks, he seems to be content on continuing to pull a Lydon on himself and erase himself from his own music.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/l/levenekeith-killer.shtml   (1109 words)

Keith Levene had long been a big influence behind the scenes in the early days of the London punk inner circles.
Keith Levene recounted a concert they played in Belgium, soon after forming, which ended in Wobble and Levine threatening to beat up bemused journalists backstage, and clashing with an audience that just wasn't ready for them.
Keith Levene expresses it this way: 'What was important was putting across a message: getting the band off the stage and the audience on the stage, getting out there and being an anti star, going out there and saying 'you can do what the fuck you want!' so therefore, it's no holds barred".
www.3ammagazine.com /musicarchives/2002_oct/bass_cultural_vibrations.html   (5366 words)

 CMT.com : Keith Levene : Biography
Levene was eventually voted out of the band, somewhere between mid-August and mid-September of 1976, prior to the recording of their first record; while many claim it was drugs that led to his forced departure, Levene claims it had more to do with a power struggle between himself and Jones.
Levene then played in the Flowers of Romance (a group named by John Lydon), with Viv Albertine, Palmolive, and Sid Vicious, but the band's lifespan was cut short by Vicious' defection to the Sex Pistols as the replacement of Glen Matlock.
Levene and Lydon had agreed to start a band together upon the Pistols' dissolution and followed through on the plan; Levene's six-year stint with the group spawned their best records, most of which obliterated the standards of rock & roll.
www.cmt.com /artists/az/levene_keith/bio.jhtml   (685 words)

 cliffhouse/episode 4
He had just gotten a lease where he was to improve the space over a several month period and as he did so (or if he didn't, as was the case) the rent would slowly rise.
Keith intense at the guitar and synthesizer, Jah Wobble marching rectangles through their playing space while he and Martin Atkins (aka Brian Brain) set a great marshal beat.
Keith stopped by, like I said, when the tour was in NYC.
pages.prodigy.net /cliffhouse/episode4.htm   (2390 words)

 Cooler Than You: Public Image, Ltd. (column)
With Keith Levene on guitar, Jah Wobble on bass, and Jim Walker on the traps, Public Image, Ltd., produced a kind of music that seems inevitable in the wake of punk.
The drums pound away, and Levene throws out shards and sparks, and Lydon moans ands wails "I wish I could die," and Wobble's rock solid bass anchor is the sticky muck that holds the whole mess together.
Levene's jagged guitar bursts underpinned by Wobble's steady groove provide the foundation for Gang of Four's stilted white boy avant-funk.
www.fakejazz.com /articles/coolerthanyou/pil.shtml   (773 words)

 Encyclopedia: Public Image Limited   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wobble's bass tone was called "impossibly deep" by contemporary reviews, and Levene's uniquely sharp guitar sound (Levene played an all-aluminum Veleno guitar, and a mostly-aluminum Travis Bean Wedge) was widely imitated, most notably by The Edge of the then-fledgling U2.
Atkins, who had initially joined at the tail end of the Metal Box sessions (most tracks on that album were played by Richard Dudanski), was re-recruited to drum on The Flowers of Romance, an album considered much stranger and more difficult than the already strange Metal Box.
Lydon and Atkins claim that he stole the tapes, while Levene's claim is, in effect, that posession is nine-tenths of the law.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Public-Image-Limited   (1922 words)

 Tangents fun'n'frenzy filled web site.
One LP surfaced in 1989 and there was a series of obscure collaborations (including playing alongside Glen Matlock for a while), but nothing came out that --in those pre-Internet days-- Joe Punter was going to be able to lay his hands on with any ease.
And now the good news: Keith is back, looking rather less like an angelic blond guttersnipe and rather more like Chris Langham, with an EP, Killer in the Crowd and some possibility of a new LP in the offing.
The well-informed Tangents reader will do their duty to culture, history, and outsider art by hoying over to Levene Central at www.murderglobal.com and reminding themselves what they really love about those gorgeous, sustaining poptones.
www.tangents.co.uk /tangents/main/2002/nov/levene.html   (392 words)

 PiL - Keith Levene - PiL People / Members
Keith would be an extremely important partner in the PiL 'company', paving out musical and social direction for the band, along with John Lydon and Wobble.
However, tensions between Levene and Lydon had reached boiling point during the recording of 'Commercial Zone' and the filming of 'Order of Death', and the two found themselves drifting apart professionally as well as socially...
Levene has recently begun to play bass as his main instrument, and helps out the band Plakka on bass, he also hopes to produce them in the near future, but plans to concentrate on his own forthcoming projects first, including a new band with Martin Atkins...
www.fodderstompf.com /MEMBERS/levene.html   (791 words)

 TrouserPress.com :: Keith Levene
Keith Levene's Violent Opposition (Taang!) 1989 (Rykodisc) 1989
That said, he is an influential and pivotal figure in the development of punk beyond its initial loud- fast instincts.
The carefully measured, guitar-based instrumentals are fine but uneventful; Levene's one vocal, on the title tune, is mixed too low to matter.
www.trouserpress.com /entry.php?a=keith_levene   (231 words)

 Keith Levene discography (PiL)
Although Levene only appears on 'Wish' Lockie does say that he and Keith also cut a version of the track 'Pointy shoes' but in the end it wasn't used on the album.
Martin asked Keith if he would be interested in playing guitar on one of the tracks on the forthcoming Pigface album.
Levene plays 12 string guitar on the track, and based his contribution on the Beatles tune 'We the Love We Knew', which he said he couldn't help but playing on hearing the backing track..
www.fodderstompf.com /DISCOGRAPHY/SOLO/levdisc.html   (2343 words)

 Keith Levene Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
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KEITH LEVENE 12 INCH EP Keith Levene was at the very core of London's Punk explosion.
Violent Opposition is Levens first full length LP since his controversial departure from P.I.L. This LP was recorded in London and LA. The album ranges from mutant Reggae to mental instrumentals to flat out rockers.
Though much of the music is performed entirely by Levene, a number of tracks include the contributions of Norwood from Fishbone, Thelonious Monsters Bob Forest, Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea and Jack Irons, Spider Metteren and Robert Williams from Beefhearts Magic Band.
www.taang.com /onesheetskeithlevene.html   (195 words)

 Public Image Ltd.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Keith Levene's brilliant guitar is the sound of your innards dilating as Jah Wobble grooves away with a beyond-low-end bass thump, and Jim Walker's crushing drumming never lets up.
Keith Levene is like some horror-show parody cross-breeding of The Edge, Zoot Horn Rollo, John McLaughlin, and Allan Ravenstine, and as amazing as a cross-pollination of such luminaries would suggest - a guitar wizard and synthesizer innovator.
Keith Levene and John Lydon had a big tiff over something or other, so John now OWNS the band.
www.markprindle.com /pil.htm   (7051 words)

 ATV TV Studios, Birmingham
Levene's appearance provoked a definite murmur of surprise in the Virgin office.
Levene, it was decided, would travel to Birmingham with the Virgin promotion manager and Van Egmond: there had merely been some misunderstanding between Levene and the rest of his group.
The continued absence of Rotten and his boys - at 4.00pm there was still no sign of them - quickly began to bite at the nerves of the ATV executives, the Virgin reps and, especially, Keith Levene whose paranoia count must have been escalating at a pace too rapid to accurately measure.
www.pil.20m.com /tvbirmin.htm   (1029 words)

 Murder Global - Review
"That Keith Levene's aesthetic and musical sensibilities defined the classic PiL records is no longer a debatable issue.
He was never a mere punk rock guitarist, churning out the power chords and sloppy chops that were all the rage in that era.
Although parts of MurderGlobal does feature the classic Keith Levene guitar sound we all know and love, Keith doesn’t limit himself to just one sound, or one instrument.
www.murderglobal.com /html/reviews.htm   (140 words)

 PIL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Public Image Ltd. (PiL) originally was a quartet led by singer John Lydon (formerly Johnny Rotten b.Jan 31, 1956) and guitarist Keith Levene, who had been a member of the Clash in one of its early lineups.
Lydon and Levene, plus hired musicians, made up the group by the time of The Flowers of Romance (1981), the much-acclaimed fourth album, which reached #11 in the U.K. In 1983, PiL scored its biggest U.K. hit, when "This Is Not a Love Song" reached #5.
By this time, however, Levene had left, and the name from here on would be, more than anything else, a vehicle for John Lydon (though with a comparatively steady lineup).
www.valeriun.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk /biogs/PIL.html   (415 words)

 Encyclopedia: Keith Levene   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Public Image Ltd (PiL) is a band formed in 1978 by John Lydon, formerly and later Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.
The Flowers of Romance were an early punk band, formed in the summer of 1976 (see 1976 in music) by Jo Faull and Sarah Hall.
Sid Vicious in a 1978 Mugshot, when he was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Keith-Levene   (375 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
"...Half of Levene's large and spacious flat has been converted into a studio, the other half is his home.
A drum kit and mixing desk dominate the centre of the studio (bear in mind, Levene played drums on the Steel Leg EP with Don Letts, as well as playing on some of the Metal Box tracks) - an array of guitars are neatly stacked against the walls.
There are piles of books - mainly on physics, quantum theory, the origins of underwater sea life and works on art and cinema." --Looking For Something: An Interview with PIL and Clash Guitarist Keith Levene by Greg Whitfield.
www.jahsonic.com /KeithLevene.html   (108 words)

 The Church Of Me
Secondly, the Clash was co-founded by Mick Jones and Keith Levene.
Levene says that he was instrumental in recruiting Strummer, but was "voted" out of the band following conflicts with Jones, who wanted the group to adhere to rock and roll rebellion in the tradition, and Levene, who wanted them to go out and justify those Pollock-esque splashes musically.
By 1978, both Lydon and Levene were severely pissed off with "punk rock" and what they perceived to be a smelly, beer-stained dead end.
cookham.blogspot.com /2003_01_05_cookham_archive.html   (6778 words)

 johnlydon.com / interviews / Tom Synder - Tomorrow Show 26th June 1980
Keith Levene and they are both associated now in something which is called Public Image Limited."
Keith: "Yeah, we were saying we learned from our yesterdays, and our recent American tour...
Keith: "John said something in an interview, everyone's really preoccupied with going backwards; and I think...
www.johnlydon.com /tom80.html   (1614 words)

Whilst in LA, Levene also worked with Flea and Hillel from Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and members of the famed early hardcore band, Fishbone, recording loose and aggressive metallic funk tunes like 'Looking for Something' and a surprisingly low key and spiritual version of the Hendrix tune 'If 6 was 9'.
Levene is quick witted, with dark and intelligent eyes -- his mind moves rapidly, jumping fast from subject to subject.
Levene's synthesizer work, exemplified by "Careering" oddly parallels Jah Shaka's live dub at a sound system, though neither of them's aware of the fact.
www.3ammagazine.com /musicarchives/2004/may/interview_keith_levene.html   (7687 words)

 Adrian Sherwood interviewed by Greg Whitfield
I was so happy to work with Keith, because Keith just had such an original sound, and I knew I could translate that originality he had into a dub context, and it worked totally if you listen to those Creation Rebel and Singers and Players records.
Levene's sparse guitar sound on Creation Rebel's Threat To Creation and the War of Words albums, jagged and lonely, punctuated the melancholy and ethereal purity of Bim's angelic voice… Without a Love like Yours/Devious Woman and its dubwise excursion is a work as powerful and compelling as Bim Sherman's earlier Kingston releases.
On his tracks cut for Adrian and Creation Rebel, Keith Levene's style is eerily reminiscent of Earl Chinna's style on the East of The River Nile album...
www.uncarved.org /dub/onu/onu.html   (4946 words)

Shortly before Christmas Keith Levene and Jah Wobble, with vocal support by Don Letts and Wobble's friend Vince Bracken, release a four-track EP 'Steel Leg v.
Levene flies to New York and is interviewed by Lisa Yapp for the 'Dirt' show on cable TV.
Levene attends a Brian Brain gig at the Mudd Club in New York and invites drummer Martin Atkins to rejoin the band.
pages.zoom.co.uk /richardlsd/history_of_pil_etc.htm   (5586 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
It was not the intensity or ener- gy of the band that captured its audience, but the unique style of their musical per- formance.
Shortly after -the demise of Sid Vicious in 1979, Public Image- Limited was formed to fa- cilitate a new musical direction for Lydon and Levened The idea was to form a com- pany, Multi Image Corporation, analogous to what the Beatles did with Apple.
Keith Levene has recently left the band due to personal conflicts,- but Public Image Limited lives on with its primary creative force now provided by Johnny Lydon.
www-tech.mit.edu /archives/VOL_104/TECH_V104_S0804_P013.txt   (1685 words)

 Metal Box   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The music is famous for its abstract, avant-garde nature, including a huge bass sound derived from dub music, for a unique, literally 'metallic' guitar sound (guitarist Keith Levene played aluminum-constructed guitars), and for its sonic high-fidelity due to the 12", 45rpm format.
A paper insert lists the album's personnel as "John Lydon - Keith Levene - Wobble - Jeanette Lee - Dave Crowe," though the latter two individuals were the band's videographer and accountant, respectively.
The credits also do not mention that Lydon was the vocalist, Levene played electric guitar and synthesizer, and Wobble was the bassist.
www.worldhistory.com /wiki/M/Metal-Box.htm   (386 words)

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