Best known for his role in Hawkwind, the mercurial Robert Newton Calvert also recorded a pair of solo albums in the mid 70s with producer Brian Eno. Upon his departure in 1979 and up until his death in 1988, his work comprised mainly on stage plays and poetry, but his moody, electronic work was certainly of its time.
While I'm a huge fan of Charlotte Church in the movie I'll Be There, I really don't know beans about her musical career. However, working with partner Johnathan Powell and producer Gethin John, her series of EPs this year are culminating to a quite inspired musical direction. Give a look:
Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius parted ways with Conrad Schnitzler to form Cluster in 1971. Their improvised music proved ground breaking in terms of structure and timbre, mostly composed by treated instruments and electronic means. After leaving Berlin, they settled in Forst, Lower Saxony, and built a home studio, which fostered collaborations with many musicians, including Michael Rother, Conny Plank. Brian Eno and Mani Neumeier.
I had the great fortune of seeing "David Bowie Is..." exhibit at the V&A in London last year. Today marks the opening of the exhibit here in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, its only North American stop. There are many events coinciding with the exhibit, including a few classic albums being performed live, including The Disappears performing Low on November 22nd. Don't miss any of it!
Musically somewhat akin to Traffic and trademarked by the growl of Roger Chapman, Family was one of the most original and rewarding bands of the era. They avoided almost every cliche of the genre while remaining one of rock's most powerful live acts.
Founding member of Genesis, Peter Gabriel left after their epic Lamb Lies Down On Broadway album for a solo career. After being dropped by Atco, Mercury Records released his ground-breaking third album in 1980, and since then his career has taken off in ways unimaginable, both artistically and commercially. Gabriel also runs his Real World studio and record label, dedicated assisting musicians from all over the world reach audiences outside their native geography. A truly visionary artist.