Ian Brown (born 20.2.63) Ian Brown is an English singer and musician, formerly of popular 'Madchester' indie band, the Stone Roses who had hits with Fools Gold and I Am the Resurrection. Brown has worked on solo material since 1996, producing five albums and twelve UK Top 40 singles including My Star, Golden Gaze, and F.E.A.R. This body of work, along with Brown's infamous swagger, charisma and 'King Monkey' cult status, continues to provide inspiration for a flock of indie bands, notably Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys. Brown acquired the Q Magazine Legend Award in 2007.
Early Years: Ian George Brown was born on 20th February 1963 to Jean who worked in a paper factory, and George, a joiner. The family moved from Warrington to Timperley in Greater Manchester where Ian attended the Altrincham Grammar School For Boys. While there, Ian became friends with John Squire who lived nearby and with whom he shared a passion for music. The two boys started swapping records, from the Sex Pistols, Joy Division and The Clash to the Beach Boys and Northern Soul. At a party one night, Brown was lucky enough to meet one of his heroes, soul legend Geno Washington, who told Ian he had star quality.
Musical Career: Stone Roses Ian started off playing bass guitar in John Squire's band, The Patrol, which became Garage Flower before adopting the name The Stone Roses. Ian became the band's main singer and developed a unique style, which is often criticised for being tuneless. However, Brown's lyrical input and bolshy attitude ensured he became an idol to many fans.
The classic Squire/Brown partnership would see The Stone Roses enjoy success throughout the late 1980s and early 90s, with their debut album, 1989's The Stone Roses, and 1994's Second Coming both going platinum. The band also performed some memorable concerts, including the huge Spike Island gig in 1990 where Brown instructed everyone to "turn on, tune in, don't drop out". Subsequently, the band did just that and dropped out of the public eye for five years, during which time rifts began to develop between Brown and Squire. Drug use was rife on their comeback tour, with Brown preferring cannabis to Squire's cocaine. Squire eventually left the band, leaving Brown to headline Reading Festival in 1996. The performance is legendary for Brown's disastrous fall from grace.
Musical Career: Solo The Stone Roses officially folded in 1996 and from then on Brown has released solo material, often working with guitarist Aziz Ibrahim. Brown's first solo single, My Star, reached number five in the UK singles chart, followed by Can't See Me and Corpses in Their Mouths, all taken from 1998's Unfinished Monkey Business. That same year, Brown was sentenced to four months in Strangeways Prison after a vicious air rage incident.
Brown featured on UNKLE's 1999 single Be There, which reached number eight in the UK. Brown's second album, Golden Greats, produced three more successful singles: Love Like a Fountain, Golden Gaze, and Dolphins Were Monkeys.
In 2001 Music of the Spheres became Brown's highest charting solo album, going in at number three and producing the singles F.E.A.R and Whispers. Brown picked up the NME Best Solo Artist Award in 2002 and the Godlike Genius Award in 2006.
Brown's next studio albums, Solarized (2004) and The World Is Yours (2007) maintained this level of success, with Top 20 singles including Keep What Ya Got (featuring Noel Gallagher) and Illegal Attacks (featuring Sinead OConnor).
Personal Life: Ian Brown lives in London with his wife Fabiola Quiroz Brown and young son Emilio. Brown has two older sons, Frankie and Casey, from a previous relationship.
Brown continues to create music as a solo artist and is adamant that the Stone Roses will not reform.
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Made by a fan for fans, this documentary explores the iconic English rock band through raw adoration rather than a detailed narrative. But Shane Meadows (This Is England) is a seriously gifted filmmaker, and his approach wins us over by focussing on the bandmates' personalities, their passion for the music and their fans' devotion to them.
Childhood friends Ian Brown and John Squire formed the Stone Roses in Manchester in 1984, then set about to show the world that they were the greatest rock band ever. It took five years and a number of rotating bandmates until the lineup settled down with Ian, John, Reni (Alan Wren) and Mani (Gary Mounfield), and their first album in 1989 was a landmark hit. It took them five more years to release their second album, and that period was marked with terrible battles both within the band and with their record label and management. The band dissolved shortly after Second Coming was released in 1994. Cut to 2011, when these four men reunited to announce their comeback, starting with a major concert in Manchester in June 2012.
Meadows has access to an astonishing array of archival material, including home movies and private photos, vintage TV interviews and performance footage. He pieces this together without narration, letting the bandmates recount their own story, so naturally they skip over the more uncomfortable elements, such as the seven other musicians who came and went over the years. And there are no details about the various fallings out between them. Instead, this collage astutely captures their lively personalities, the way they work and how they come together to play their most memorable songs.
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Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary "Mani" Mounfield, Alan "Reni" Wren and Shane Meadows - Incorporating never-seen-before material spanning the band's musical history, the personal experiences of many of those touched by the band and their music, and unparalleled access to the record-breaking sell-out concerts which took place in Summer 2012, this is the definitive record of the definitive band of the past 25 years. - United Kingdom - Wednesday 18th April 2012
Ian Brown - Incorporating never-seen-before material spanning the band's musical history, the personal experiences of many of those touched by the band and their music, and unparalleled access to the record-breaking sell-out concerts which took place in Summer 2012, this is the definitive record of the definitive band of the past 25 years. - United Kingdom - Friday 29th June 2012
The Stone Roses were a relatively short-lived indie phenomenon that inspired the lives of so many in the 1990s following the release of the influential self-titled debut album; an album described by many as the greatest album of all time. They disbanded, much too soon, in 1996 after they struggled to cope with the departure of guitarist John Squires and drummer Alan 'Reni' Wren. A reunion seemed the most unlikeliest of things for this band but, after 16 years, 2012 Ian Brown, John Squire, Alan Wren and Gary Mounfield together on stage once more in one of the most highly anticipated reunions in music history. This documentary follows their day to day lives, catching up on last decade and a half and rehearsing for their record-breaking comeback gigs that brought tears to the eyes of indie fans nationwide.
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