2017 sees the return of In The Round, a series of intimate performances staged in a rarely seen fully seated concert set-up at the Roundhouse.
As poet, musicologist, historian, archaeologist, occultist, novelist and cultural commentator, Julian Cope has come to be defined as much by his extra-musical pursuits as his musical output.
He came to prominence in 1978 as the front man of Teardrop Explodes, a brassy post-punk outfit whose four-year reign as a top-ten chart act notoriously ended, in part, to Cope’s well-documented love of munching acid.
Following a brief period of recovery, Cope embarked on a solo career that has spawned over 20 highly acclaimed recordings and cemented his place as one of the most visionary, supremely eclectic and innovative musicians of our time.
Cope’s solo recordings have run the musical gamut from crisp, melodic rock tunes – his 1986 single ‘World Shut Your Mouth’ became a top 20 hit – to psychedelic funk, electro-acoustic, Krautrock-inspired instrumentals, space-rock, garage-rock, techno and anarcho-punk.
Similarly, a dazzling array of collaborations and esoteric projects have seen him working with drone metal band Sunn O))) alongside his long-standing band, the ostentatious pro-metal power trio, Brain Donor.
Lyrically, his songs teem with political content outlining his own personal beliefs on a number of subjects – religion, bigotry corporate greed and environmental destruction. As a writer, Cope has produced six acclaimed books that take in archaeology, musicology, antiquarianism, plus a two-part autobiography and much-lauded books on krautrock and Japanese rock and an ecstatically reviewed novel.
Live, Cope is an extraordinary and engaging performer; a witty raconteur who dresses, as the Guardian once noted, “like an acid-fried biker”. Expect an eclectic set of post-punk, psychedelic rock and highlights from Cope’s long musical career.
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