Artist - Brian Brooks
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Last update: 05/19/13 11:06:45PM
Account: Mixposure Silver Account
Location: EUROPE: United Kingdom: England
Signed up: 05 Dec 2008 06:12 PM
Genre: Alternative Rock
Influences: Bob Dylan, Wizz Jones, Richard Thompson, John Martyn, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Ralph McTell, Davy Graham, Al Stewart, Ray Davies, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Sandy Denny
Initially classically trained, experiencing blues and rock & roll in the early 1960's was, for Brian, equivalent to Saint Paul on the road to Damascus. He cut his teeth in the London club scene during those halcyon years of the mid to late 1960's - as an audience member in venues such as Les Cousins, on Greek Street in Soho, listening to and learning from legendary musicians such as Al Stewart, Davey Graham, Wizz Jones, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and John Martyn.
Moving to New York in 1968, he studied painting, drawing and photography and entered the musical world of clubs, festivals, concert halls and the ubiquitous college circuit. During this period, in addition to a partnership in a successful live music club in Greenwich Village, he toured in every State of the Union except Hawaii, spending time also in Canada and Mexico. In addition to playing on the folk circuit in venues such as Gerde's Folk City, Cafe Wha'? and The Gaslight, he was also in one of the first bands to regularly perform in Hilly Cristal's CBGB's, on The Bowery, sharing the stage with Blondie, Talking Heads, The Ramones and Television whilst recording on the Adelphi label.
Returning to Europe in 1979, Brian toured internationally, recording on the Highway and Topic labels. During this time, he lived firstly in Copenhagen, then in Amsterdam, followed by Paris and London. It was, to quote Hemingway, 'A Moveable Feast'.
In the mid 1990's he relocated, with his family, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he worked with some excellent musicians and technicians, along the way assisting Sir George Martin on his film "Rhythms of Life".
So far, as a solo artist, Brian has completed a five-track EP entitled "Paint the Town", followed by a full twelve-track album entitled "Everything Takes Forever". Before leaving Brazil he recorded three tracks for an EP entitled "Hold On To The Night".
These days, Brian mostly divides his time between music, painting and photography.
Recently, Brian received a Masters degree in painting and hopes, one day, to get to Hawaii...