Beck

Beck

Biography

Beck (born Bek David Campbell, 8.7.1970) is an acclaimed American musician, singer and song writer of alternative pop music.

Childhood: Beck was born in Los Angeles, California. His father was David Campbell, a musician and his mother was Bibeb Hansen, a visual artist.

In the 1980s, Beck quit high school and travelled to Europe, where he developed his musical talent by working as a busker. He returned to the US in the late 80's, and became involved in New York's anti-folk movement.

Early Career: Beck released the Banjo Story cassette in 1988, which has subsequently been released as a bootleg. At the end of the decade, he returned to L.A., playing everywhere from coffee shops to punk clubs, as well as busking on the streets. He sometimes busked with Chris Ballew, of the band The Presidents of the United States of America.

Tom Rothrock and Rob Schnapf, of Bong Load Records, signed Beck to their label. The song 'Loser', which was a collaboration with the hip-hop producer Carl Stephenson, became a success after it was played on Santa Monica College Radio, KCRW. A record label bidding war ensued and Beck signed to Geffen, who offered him the least money, but the greatest amount of freedom.

The Breakthrough: Beck's debut full-length studio album, Mellow Gold was released in 1994. Around the same time, he also released Stereopathetic Soulmanure on Flipside Records as well as One Foot in the Grave, on Calvin Johnson's K Records. This was followed by a worldwide tour and a main stage slot at 1995's Lollapalooza.

Beck initially called on Schnapf and Rothrock to produce the follow up to Mellow Gold but eventually the recordings were shelved. Instead, he enlisted the Dust Brothers, who had produced Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys. Odelay was both a critical and commercial success. The album launched the singles 'Where It's At', 'Devil's Haircut' and 'The New Pollution'.

The follow up to Odelay, Mutations, was released amid complex legal wranglings, which remain unsolved to this day. The album was originally intended for release by Bong Load Records but Geffen intervened and released the album against his wishes. In 1999, Beck won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance for Mutations.

Mutations was then followed by Midnite Vultures. The album was accompanied by a world tour, which included an elaborate set as well as a brass section to augment his existing live band.

Beck went on to contribute a number of tracks to film soundtracks, including 'Deadweight' for A Life Less Ordinary, a cover of 'Diamond Dogs' (by David Bowie) for Moulin Rouge! and a cover of 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime' (by The Korgis) for Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.

2002's Sea Change became Beck's first Top 10 album in the United States. The album featured his father's string arrangements and with Nigel Godrich on board again, the production sound was reminiscent of that on Mutations. Following the release of the album, he embarked on a tour that saw The Flaming Lips appearing both as his opening act and his backing band.

Guero, released in 2004, brought the Dust Brothers back into the production seat. The album also featured a collaboration with Jack White of The White Stripes.

In 2006, Beck began using a live feed video during his live shows. The videos featured puppets of him and his band, performing the songs simultaneously with the live show.

Beck seventh studio album was The Information, released in 2006. The album featured the singles 'Cellphone's Dead' and 'Nausea'. This was followed by a non-album single, 'Timebomb', which was released via iTunes in August 2007.

In early 2008, it was revealed that Beck had been working with the respected producer Danger Mouse on a new album entitled Modern Guilt and that the singer Cat Power had contributed vocals to the album. The album was released in July 2008.

Personal Affairs: In 2004, Beck married Marissa Ribisi, an actress. They have one son, Cosimo Henri and a daughter, Tuesday. Both Beck and Marissa are Scientologists.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

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Beck seen at London's Chiltern Firehouse. The musician played at Glastonbury Festival over the weekend. London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th June 2016

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Glastonbury Festival Reveals First Line-Up Poster


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Glastonbury has unveiled its first line-up poster for the annual festival, which will take place this year from June 22nd to 26th at Worthy Farm. The newly confirmed acts will join already announced headliners Muse, Adele and Coldplay, with a further 800 acts to be announced on a second poster in the coming weeks. 

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Sir Paul McCartney Refused Entry To Tyga's Grammys Afterparty


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Despite being about as VIP as you can get in the world of rock stardom, Sir Paul McCartney was turned away from Tyga’s Grammy Awards afterparty in Los Angeles last night along with Beck and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

As reported by TMZ, the 73 year old Beatles legend was twice refused entry to the Argyle in Hollywood, where Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend Tyga was hosting a lavish afterparty following the conclusion of the Grammys. In a video clip, he can be seen with his wife Nancy Shevell and his two fellow musicians talking in vain to bouncers who didn’t seem to recognise him.

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Paul Mccartney Turned Away From Grammys Afterparty


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The Beatles icon and his rocker pals tried to head to an exclusive post awards bash hosted by the rapper Tyga at Los Angeles nightclub Argyle after Monday night's (15Feb16) ceremony.

However, when Sir Paul attempted to gain entry to the party venue, door staff were unmoved and rejected his pleas to be allowed inside.

Video footage obtained by TMZ.com shows the Brit joking that he, Beck, and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor might not be famous enough to attend the party, saying, "How VIP do we gotta get?"

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2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring Irving Azoff

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Dave Grohl, Nirvana, And Beck Pay Tribute To David Bowie


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Beck took lead vocals while Dave played the drums and was joined by his fellow surviving Nirvana members Pat Smear on the guitar and Krist Novoselic on bass guitar.

The supergroup delighted the star-studded audience at Clive Davis' Beverly Hills bash by performing The Man Who Sold The World to mark David's passing last month (Jan16).

They weren't the only musical stars to pay tribute to David, as Adam Lambert and Fun. singer Jack Antonoff closed the night's performances with their take on Let's Dance.

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Clive Davis 2016 Gala

Beck - Clive Davis 2016 Pre-Grammy Gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at Grammy, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 14th February 2016

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The Hateful Eight Premiere

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Beck Postpones Las Vegas Concert Due To Illness


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The Loser singer was scheduled to take to the stage at the Brooklyn Bowl venue in Sin City, but hours before the gig, it was announced he would not be going on as scheduled after falling sick.

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Taylor Swift Learnt 'lesson' After Nicki Minaj Spat


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Taylor Swift learnt a ''lesson'' after her spat with Nicki Minaj.

The 'Bad blood' hitmaker and the 32-year-old rapper locked horns on Twitter earlier this year over the Video Music Award nominations and, although they've now patched up their differences, the blonde beauty has admitted she now prefers to reach out to people via text message rather than have a disagreement with them via social networking sites.

Speaking to NME magazine, she said: ''I don't want to talk about it [the argument with Nicki] but I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone's management, I get their number and I text them. It's an important lesson for anyone to learn in 2015.''

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Sam Smith On FIFA 16


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Sam Smith is featured on this year's 'FIFA 16' soundtrack.

The British solo star's collaboration with Disclosure 'Omen' is among the tracks chosen for the annual football game's latest incarnation.

Sam - who this week was announced to have recorded the theme song for upcoming James Bond film 'SPECTRE', entitled 'Writing's on the Wall' - is joined on the game by host of the world's top artists including Years & Years, Icona Pop, Kygo, Beck, Bastille and John Newman as well as musicians from around the world.

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Kanye West’s VMA 2015 Speech & Four Other Of His Most Bizarre Speeches


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In case you missed it, earlier this week, Kanye West announced he plans to run for President of the United States in 2020. This isn’t the first time West has shocked audiences with his outlandish claims so, in celebration of West’s oratory, we’ve compiled a short list of his most wonderfully bizarre speeches to date.

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Read More: Kanye West Will Perform 808s & Heartbreak Album In Full During L.A. Show.

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St. Vincent Designs Custom Guitar


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The Grammy Award winner, real name Annie Clark, worked with experts at the California-based firm to design a signature axe, simply called St. Vincent.

The guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her form, playing technique and personal style, and it will be available in either sleek black or 'Vincent Blue'.

Clark, who recently showed off her impressive guitar skills as a surprise guest at Taylor Swift's recent Los Angeles concert, admits the experience of making the guitar was thrilling, stating, "I'm extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to design a guitar this personal with this company, this family, in whom I believe so completely.

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Beck Offloads California Pad At A Profit After Just Five Months


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The Loser hitmaker and his actress wife, Marissa Ribisi, bought the four-bedroom pad for $2.7 million (£1.69 million) earlier this year (15), but they subsequently had a change of heart about the home and recently placed it back on the market.

It has since been snapped up for $2.9 million (£1.81 million), reports Variety.com.

Beck is no stranger to quick turnarounds on the property market - a decade ago (05), he picked up a $3.95 million (£2.47 million) house in Runyon Canyon and sold it off in 2007 for $4.8 million (£3 million).

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Beck

Date of birth

8th July, 1970

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.71






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