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Robyn Hitchcock

With a career now spanning six decades, ROBYN HITCHCOCK remains a truly one-of-a-kind artist—surrealist rock ‘n’ roller, iconic troubadour, guitarist, poet, painter, performer. An unparalleled, deeply individualistic songwriter and stylist, Hitchcock has traversed myriad genres with humor, intelligence, and originality over more than thirty albums and seemingly infinite live performances. From the Soft Boys’s proto-psych-punk and the Egyptians’s Dadaist pop to solo masterpieces like 1984’s milestone I Often Dream of Trains and 1990’s Eye, Hitchcock has crafted a strikingly original oeuvre rife with sagacious observation, astringent wit, recurring marine life, mechanized rail services, cheese, and innumerable finely drawn characters real and imagined. He was the subject of Jonathan Demme’s 1998 concert film Storefront Hitchcock, conceived as “a document not a documentary.” His songs have been covered by R.E.M., Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Neko Case, and Suzanne Vega with the Grateful Dead, among others. His main interest outside music, writing, and drawing is obsolete electric traction. He lives in London with his wife Emma, their cats Ringo and Tubby, and their twee dog Daphne.

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The great eccentric of British psychedelia—beloved by everyone from Led Zeppelin and R.E.M. to the late Jonathan Demme—pens a singularly unique childhood memoir . . .

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