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Richard Ashcroft 小传  

2010-02-21 13:12:47|  分类: 乐队&成员介绍 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Richard Ashcroft 曾经担任verve的主唱与代言人长达9年 他用他的经历证明了如果你立志于成为一个耀眼的明星,那么你至少要有坚定执着的信念。

Richard 出生在Wigan的一个中场阶级家庭,凭借坚定不移的自我信念,他终于将自己送上摇滚之巅。

1997年verve乐队的Urban Hymns在当时是英国唱片销售史上销售速度排名第五的专辑,至今也仍然是90年代英伦摇滚的代表专辑之一

将城市写实注入音乐里,表达了他们数量众多的歌迷的希望与恐惧,用充满情感的歌曲探讨传递人类的信仰与生存价值,Richard 似乎正在担当一个耀眼的灵魂引导者。在bitter sweet symphony里,他大声高唱You're a slave to money and you die的交响曲,让人精神为之一振,进而反省自己。


Noel Gallagher在1995年以cast no shadow向Richard致敬

Chris Martin在live8现场海德公园向世人宣称他是世界上最好的歌手

但是,取得这些巨大的成就也让他付出了很多

他一直忍受着巨大的紧张,他曾经想把旅馆也拆了,他让他的人际关系变得一团糟,他两次解散乐队,他试图通过服用骇人听闻的迷幻药来释放自己(录制第二张专辑a northern soul时,连续三个星期他每天都嗑药)

但是他不是一个那么容易就被击倒的人,在舞台上他从来不会顾及那让他湿透的汗水(那会让他接下来在舞台上崩溃),他声称:你必须经历这些事情去品尝生活的两种极端。

1995年,当与他交往六年之久的女朋友投向自己的小学同学的怀抱时,他将他的莫大痛苦转化为他们1995年音乐上的商业突破:history

但这个现在已经39岁的男人一生中都在努力将不幸,弱点转化为积极向上,他拒绝相信人类终究是有极限的事实。


小时候Richard很瘦,医生告诉Richard他长大后可能很容易得病。于是他投向了自己人生的第一个爱好:足球。但是足球的凶狠却让他慢慢把爱好转向了音乐:他弄伤了他将来的鼓手Peter Salisbury 的踝关节,在代表酒吧和维根竞技青年队踢球时,他自己的鼻子也数次受伤。

1989年石头玫瑰的成功让Richard相信一个男人应该有更高的理想,而不是在当地的烤豆场庸碌无为。于是,18岁的时候,他找来同校的伙伴Salisbury, Simon Jones 以及Nick McCabe成立了verve乐队

Richard后来致力于追求真理可能是因为童年的契机:他的爸爸在他11岁的时候就死于脑部血块。这对于他来说是一个决定性的时刻。后来Richard回忆说:“但其他孩子还在围着他们无所不能的爸爸团团转时,我却已经在思考生命与社会。”

乐队90年代的PR,Tim Vigon证明了Richard的说法,1997年他们那张single“drugs don't work"雄踞排行榜第一时,再次燃起了RA的自信。

Vigon 说:细碟history里有一首歌:“Life is not a rehearsal(生活不是彩排),那并不是空洞的一句话。他们确实就这样生活着。我从来没有遇到一群人像他们那样那么明确这世界有一天终归是属于他们的。RA阐释着这句话,并让他身边的人也受他的影响。他的梦想之火是永不熄灭的。他说:当你失去某个至爱的人并慢慢从阴影中走出来,不再那么压抑。当你意识到生活还会有更糟糕的事情可能发生时,你就可以他妈的接受这种痛苦。

Miles Leonard,前任Virgin 的天才观察员,清楚地记得verve还未成名时的一场演出,那时候在场的只有三个观众,但是Richard却仿佛把那间简陋狭窄的演出房当成了温布利体育场。“音乐就是他实现个人价值的理想,”Leonard说,“他的灵魂是那么深邃。他用他的灵魂唱歌。这个世界上有许多真理,但是他追求的并不是那些,他追求的是他的理想,这种信念的力量十分之强大。”


Richard也从他的继父那里得到一些影响,他的继父是一个致力于教化与心灵遥感的蔷薇十字会员。但是他自己对于个性的追求很快也让他陷入麻烦中。当他对记者说他能飞的时候,音乐传媒给他起了Mad Richard 的绰号。然而Leonard则认为,Richard说的飞翔指的不过是一种音乐上的体验,他渴求的体验。


Richard Ashcroft 小传 - the verve - verve中文网
 
Richard Ashcroft 小传 - the verve - verve中文网
 


相反的,Richard一直被认为离开舞台与离开乐队是因为他不再有对于音乐的feeling("I was buying some feelings,from the vending machine", 译者注)

但是,抛去verve的光环。Richard似乎变得更加自信。他为自己的第一张单飞专辑起名“Alone With Everybody”。然而,随后唱片的成功,与Kate Radley的婚姻,拥有了自己的第一个孩子,这些都无法使他不羁的灵魂安定下来。

他从来就不是一个物质主义者,却被别人指责他成为一个摇滚明星,拥有了豪宅。面对这种非难他也被激怒了,他说:"自从我组建verve之后,我人生80&的经历都是黑暗抑郁的。"


去年,他透露他正在用Prozac治疗抑郁,也被媒体报道他因试图闯入Wiltshire当地一间青少年中心并命令工作人员他要在那里工作而被拘留。Richard透露他一直在与抑郁做着斗争,但是他可以通过音乐上的创造来驱散抑郁。

长期担任乐队经理的Jazz Summers曾赞扬他们说:就好像有种化学反应在verve乐队里,他们十分之独特。但你看到Richard与他的三个乐队成员放纵狂欢时,你会觉得十分之神奇。Richard Ashcroft是一个杰出的天才。作为一个音乐家,写词人以及精神信仰者,他一直在打动着人们。”




原文如下:


Richard Ashcroft, who is fronting the Verve for the first time in nine years, embodies the notion that if you aim for the stars you'll at least hit the ceiling. Born in Wigan into a working-class family, he has hauled himself to the top of rock through herculean self-belief. The Verve's 1997 Urban Hymns was the fifth fastest selling British album ever on release and it remains one of the landmark 90s British rock albums.


Combining gritty urban realism with music that touches on the elemental, he acts as a lightning conductor for the hopes and fears of his band's huge audience, his emotional delivery turning scarring songs about the human condition - "You're a slave to money and you die," he sings in Bitter Sweet Symphony - into something celebratory and uplifting.

Noel Gallagher wrote Oasis's song Cast No Shadow about him, and Coldplay's Chris Martin has called him "the best singer in the world".

But all this has been achieved at some cost. Ashcroft has endured enormous tension; he has smashed up hotels, shattered relationships, had two band splits and tried fearsome experiments with mainly psychedelic drugs (taking ecstasy every day for three weeks recording the Verve's coming-of-age second album, A Northern Soul).

But Ashcroft is not easily shaken, whether performing with a drip hanging from his arm (following a collapse) or suggesting that "you have to go through these things to taste the extremes". When his girlfriend of six years ran off with his childhood friend, he poured his anguish into the Verve's 1995 chart breakthrough, History. But the 36-year-old has spent his life turning drawbacks into positives and refusing to accept that human beings have limits.


So thin as a child that a doctor told him he'd probably have a cold for the rest of his life, he threw himself into his first obsession, football, with the ferocity he would later bring to music - breaking the ankle of future Verve drummer Peter Salisbury and his own nose several times playing for pub sides and Wigan Athletic youth team.


Seeing the Stone Roses in 1989 convinced him that a lad could aspire to something other than the local baked bean factory and at 18 he formed the Verve with schoolfriends Salisbury, Simon Jones and Nick McCabe.


A desire to confront bigger truths may have been triggered early on for Ashcroft; his father died from a blood clot to the brain when he was 11, a defining moment for him. "Other kids would be playing with their Action Man and I was questioning life and society," he said.


Tim Vigon, the band's PR in the 90s, suggests this event, addressed in the Verve's 1997 number one, The Drugs Don't Work, fed Ashcroft's confidence.


"The cover of History read 'Life is not a rehearsal'," Vigon says. "It wasn't an empty phrase. They lived like that. I've never met a bunch of people who were so definite that it was going to happen for them. Richard embodied that and he brought everybody with him. His focus was unstoppable. If you've lost someone you lose your inhibitions. Once you realise that the worst can happen, you might as well just fuckin' have it."


Miles Leonard, Parlophone Records MD but formerly a Virgin talent scout, remembers that when he saw the Verve playing to three people, Ashcroft was treating the tiny backroom venue as if it were Wembley stadium. "Music's a personal crusade for him," Leonard says. "It is very much within his soul. He sings from the heart. There's a lot of truth and honesty but he's reaching out for something else, what he can be, and the combination is very powerful."


Ashcroft carries some influence from his stepfather, a Rosicrucian into enlightenment and telekinesis, but his own quest for transcendence has landed him in trouble. The music press dubbed him "Mad Richard" after he said he could fly, but Leonard says he meant in the music. "But what a thing to aspire to."

Conversely, Ashcroft has been known to walk offstage or away from the band when "the feeling" is absent. However, without the Verve around him, he has seemed less self-assured. He named his first solo album Alone With Everybody. Subsequent fairly successful records, marriage to musician Kate Radley and children did not tame his restless soul. Never a materialist, he has been stung by accusations that he became a "rock star buying a big house" and said "80% of everything I've experienced since the Verve has been depressing".


Last year, he revealed he had been prescribed Prozac and had been arrested after going into a Wiltshire youth centre and demanding to work there. Ashcroft suggests he has always suffered from depression but can dispel it through creativity.

The band's long-standing manager, Jazz Summers, agrees: "There's a chemistry in that band that's very special and when you see him unleashed with those three people it's amazing. Richard Ashcroft is an enormous talent - as a musician, songwriter and spiritual shaman. He touches people."

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