25 agosto 2019

Per celebrare Kevin Ayers in quello che sarebbe stato il giorno del suo settantacinquesimo compleanno la rivista Uncut recupera un bell'articolo di Allan Jones pubblicato nel maggio 2013, a poche settimane dalla scomparsa. Con molto spazio concesso ai ricordi personali di Robert Wyatt: “I was in this little local band in Canterbury, The Wild Flowers, which he joined and immediately stuck an ‘e’ on the end of the name, made it Wilde, like Oscar, and his material was a very welcome addition to our repertoire. To me, what gave us the right, what gave us the nerve to become Soft Machine and do our own stuff was Kevin’s songs. Unfortunately, they got kind of side-lined and torpedoed by the live act we became. We always blasted away instrumentally and marginalised these great songs, and I’ve always felt a little sheepish about that. He was subsequently too modest about his role in Soft Machine, but at the time his ideas were as far out as anybody’s.”