2010年11月26日

Dave Sinclair and Robert Wyatt

After Dave read my Japanese blog with some translation help from his friend in Kyoto, he sent me a version of my account in English.
It’s very interesting for me as I wrote my article according to my memory of conversations with Dave and Robert, but this time Dave added some new info, including a bit about Kevin Ayers! Please enjoy reading Dave’s account below...

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Dave Sinclair and Robert Wyatt.


Well, I first made my debut on the 24th November 1947 in Herne Bay Kent ( a small seaside town, 10km North East of Canterbury City ). As a matter of fact, I am pretty certain that both myself and Kevin Ayers were born in the same nursing home on the Downs, right on the sea front.

A few years later, at the age of 12, I went on to attend the Simon Langton Grammar School in Canterbury, where my brother John was already a pupil. In fact John Sinclair was in the same year group as Hugh Hopper, and Robert Wyatt. Also attending the school at that time, were Brian Hopper, Mike Ratledge. and Tony Coe, who were senior to us all.

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John Sinclair playing the pipeorgan in Canterbury Cathedral


Of course, Tony Coe, went on to become a phenomenal jazz musician, playing clarinet, flute and sax. One of the earlier sessions he is more widely known for was playing the immediately recognisable 'Pink Panther' theme.

My first ever sight of Robert was during the year prior to my becoming a Langton pupil, when my father was driving me and my brother to our respective schools in Canterbury. My father stopped his car to allow some Langton students, dressed in school uniform, to cross the road by the old clock tower.

My attention was immediately drawn to one particular student who stood out dramatically from the others in that group. Apart from having very long hair ( almost unknown at that time ) and both hands in his pockets, his school blazer was inside out as was his cap, which he was also wearing back to front !

I still have the striking image in my mind of that student taking purposeful strides across the road.

In amazement, I asked my brother if he knew who he was. He replied immediately, but rather casually ...oh, that's Bob Ellidge ! ( known now of course, as Robert Wyatt )

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Dave Sinclair & Robert Wyatt


When Yoshi recently asked Robert about this episode, Robert explained that he felt it was important for him at the time to attempt to defy the perception of 'normality'. In fact, for Yoshi, it also brought to mind the later image of Robert in the Soft Machine photo, where a jacket, shirt and tie, had been drawn or painted onto his naked body.


Editor's note: I believe that the memory of this episode, being 50 years ago now, must remain an integral part of Dave and Robert's history.
posted by Crescent Label Master at 18:09| English Version