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Dangerous Minds FEBRUARY 20, 2013 - by Richard Metzger

SOFT MACHINE FOUNDING MEMBER KEVIN AYERS DEAD AT SIXTY-EIGHT

"Kevin Ayers' talent is so acute you could perform major eye surgery with it." - John Peel

Sad to hear that founding Soft Machine member, Kevin Ayers, one of the most important characters in the history of psychedelic rock, has died at the age of sixty-eight. The singer-songwriter guitarist passed away at his home in the French village of Montolieu.

During his career that spanned five decades, Ayers worked with the likes of Brian Eno, John Cale, Syd Barrett, Elton John, Nico, Robert Wyatt, Andy Summers and Gong.

Fun fact: Kevin Ayers is "The bugger in the short sleeves fucked my wife" who is referred to in John Cale's Guts. Cale caught them the night before the famous June 1, 1974 recording.


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