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Julian Cope returns to Liverpool

The Archdrood brings his guitar to look back on 30-year musical career

Published on November 29th 2014.

Julian Cope returns to Liverpool

HE last wowed the crowds in October when he came to the Unity Theatre to talk about his acclaimed debut novel.

But Julian Cope is still best remembered in these parts for his music.

Now he is set to storm back into the Culture Bunker, more precisely, the Epstein Theatre, with a gig that looks back on his 30-year pop and rock career.

Cope was the Teardrop Explodes frontman and later had a successful solo career as a performer. But he's also well known for crazy occult stuff, poetry and photography.

His best-selling work The Modern Antiquarian, a full colour, 484-page hardback and follow-up The Megalithic European were the result of eight years of research into lost stone temples and ancient monuments. 

He has gone on to release over twenty solo albums, countless collaborative projects and six acclaimed books including his autobiography Head-On and One Three One, his 2014 first novel, which is about a psychedelic rock n roll road trip around Malta.  

Julian Cope By Francesco Mellina In 1980Julian Cope, 1980, as seen in Francesco Mellina's new book, Revealed 

The Tamworth-born Archdrood came to Liverpool in 1977 to study CF Mott teacher training college. That didn't last long.

He was one of the mythical Crucial Three, alongside Pete Wylie and Ian McCulloch, Cope then went on to front The Teardrop Explodes in 1978, enjoying a four year reign as a Top Ten chart act with albums Kilimanjaro and Wilder. He also had a successful solo career with singles including World Shut Your Mouth.

After a hiatus away from the rock ‘n’ roll business to focus on other projects, he made a comeback to the music industry. Forming a number of new bands including proto-metal power trio Brain Donor. After more critical applause for solo album Black Sheepin 2008 has since gone on to form a band of the same name. In 2009 Black Sheep released the massive double-LP Kiss My Sweet Apocalypse and have had further successes with 2012’s Psychedelic Revolution and 2013’s Revolutionary Suicide.

The new tour follows the release a new ‘Best Of’ compilation covering the years 1999-2014 titled Trip Advizor. 

*Julian Cope, Thursday Feb 5, 2015. 7.30pm, Ticket price: ADV: £23/ Door: £25.00, The Epstein Theatre, 85 Hanover Street, L1 3DZ. Tickets here 

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