Wednesday 22 November 2017

Marvellous mavericks

- Kate Bush

Antony Hegarty reckons he’s listened to the first album he ever bought,The Kick Inside, at least 10,000 times. “There were many incarnations of punk, but Kate was a very subtle and lovely incarnation,” he says. “She’d be on breakfast and evening telly dressed up like a half witch, half beauty.”

- Kazuo Ohno

The co-founder of the Japanese dance genre Bukoh died on June 1 this year at the grand old age of 103. “It’s funny that as a musician doing some visual work, probably my primary influence is a dancer and his philosophy,” Hegarty says. “He’s been omnipresent for me since the age of 16. I’ve a picture of him that’s been hanging over my bed since then, and I'm 39 now. He’s been a guide and a teacher for me.”

- David Bowie

Bowie remains the chief reference point for anyone assuming a persona, from Bono to Madonna, or as Bowie says himself, “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.” He once asked his co-writer onFame, John Lennon, what he thought of his work. “It’s great, but it’s just rock and roll with lipstick on,” the Beatle responded. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring,” Bowie once boasted. Well, we won’t mention thatTin Machine album…

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