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Keith Levene was born in Finsbury Park on July 18th, 1957, and has gone on to become co-founder of two of Britain's most influential groups of all-time - The Clash and Public Image Limited. Best known for his guitar work, Keith is a composer, producer, and a multi-instrumentalist.
A member of PiL during their most creative phase, which included the seminal 'Metal Box' album, Keith, with bassist Jah Wobble and frontman John Lydon, produced some of the most innovative sounds in British music of the rock era. It was no coincidence then that when Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony blew many of us away there were two snatches of PiL songs included, including 'Under the House' from the 'Flowers of Romance' album. Public Image Limited opened up to a few billion ears around the world in one go. Neat, eh?
Keith now describes himself as a hippie mutant, and whereas John Lydon resisted the temptation to play any Beatles music during his recent spell as a Radio 6 Music DJ, Keith is happy enough to be seen in a Beatles T-shirt. Master innovator Keith is still carrying on the fine British tradition, which The Beatles excelled at, of pushing the boundaries of music, and also nowadays, art.
- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.
Berwyn Exit Strategy Waddon remembering the impact of Keith's playing
"I used to have these fantasies in the 70s about leaving New York and coming to London to hang out with Public Image." - Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth.
David Klimek of The Montreal Gazette salutes Keith's 'Search 4 Absolute Zero'
Nine instrumental tracks = forty minutes and fourteen seconds of musical bliss.
With “Search 4 Absolute Zero,” Keith reminds us once again why we’ve been so in love with his guitar styling since the late 1970s… he’s a true one-of-a-kind…
Whether Keith’s playing is in a jazz-mode (“In the Field”) or more along the lines of dub (“Pleasing all the People’), transfixing the listener with the beautiful (and dare I say “majestic”) title track or experimenting with a Middle Eastern vibe (“MarrapeggioInstVibe”), this album is a wonderful listening experience.
And a treat for fans of his partnership with Jah Wobble is “Zombie Lessons,” which harkens back to that album’s “Mississippi.”
KeITh LeVEnE-Related Videos
Keith Levene guitaring on Mark Stewart's Stereotype - ft. Factory Floor (Official Video)
Metal Box In Dub - Understand Dub. Jah Wobble & Keith Levene
Public Image Limited - Poptones (Old Grey Whistle Test, February 5th, 1980)
Keith Levene, Jah Wobble & Julie Campbell - Tightrope (Official Video 2011)
A Very British Coup - a post-punk supergroup! Keith Levene, Jah Wobble, Richard Dudanski, Mark Stewart and Youth.
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