Posted in music on February 20, 2013


A pioneer of the genre, [Ayers] worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, John Cale, Nico and Robert Wyatt during his career.

Bernard MacMahon, director of his last UK label Lo-Max Records, confirmed to the BBC News website Ayers died in his sleep at his home in Montolieu, France.

"He was the moving embodiment of that sixties ideal of creativity, freedom of speech and free love," he said.

BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Stuart Maconie paid tribute to the musician, describing him as a "legendary English musician, a stalwart of the Canterbury music scene".

MacMahon described Ayers as a "character", adding: "You wouldn't forget him if you'd met him. He was father of the underground." - [BBC]

Kevin Ayers, who was a founding member of Soft Machine, was 68. In addition to his work with that band, his 1969 solo debut, Joy of a Toy, is a genuine essential and 1973's Bananamour is pretty great too. But he continued making distinctive records througout his life. Most recently was his 2007 album, The Unfairground, which featured appearances by members of Ladybug Transistor, Teenage Fanclub, Neutral Milk Hotel, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Roxy Music. Rest in peace, Kevin.

Videos and song streams are below...


Soft Machine "I Should've Known"

Soft Machine on Hoepla

Kevin Ayers - Taverne De L'Olympia, May 1970

Kevin Ayers - "Shouting in a Bucket Blues"

Kevin Ayers - Falling In Love Again



Comments (12)

I thought he was dead already. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2013 2:12 PM

Ayers in the cut, that's a scary sight!

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2013 2:18 PM

So sad that Kevin is gone. I will really miss him.
I'm lucky to have gotten to interview him in the 1990s in Hoboken on his first (and only?) U.S. tour for the now-defunct Pulse! magazine. His performance that day was magical; the audience was transfixed.

Posted by Judy Pokras | February 20, 2013 3:00 PM

RIP Kevin.
Been a fan of him and Soft Machine since the 70's. Also love the live album June 1, 1974 an a few of his solo albums. Very under appreciated member of the music world.

Luckly got to see him sing a few songs with Daevid Allen in the early 00's.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2013 3:36 PM

This is what happens when you fuck John Cale's wife. Eventually you will die.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2013 3:41 PM

Saw him at Borderline in London late 90's-eclectic, uncompromising and very talented.

Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2013 4:10 PM

^ 4:10- think it was November 2003

Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2013 4:18 PM

One of my beloved names at 16.

Posted by ME | February 20, 2013 5:28 PM


Keep your face clean

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 2:40 AM

May he rest in peace.

Posted by Robert | February 24, 2013 3:57 PM


Posted by Jamie | March 9, 2014 7:23 PM

Robert Wyatt hits the skins! Incredible performance all round. I'm amazed at how much live material there is of Soft Machine considering they were regarded as an underground band at the time. The French really seem to dig them...Fantastic to see this.

Posted by Freund | September 17, 2014 4:21 PM

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