Beck David Campbell was born in 1970 in California into a family of artists: his father is a conductor, musician and arranger, his mother a dancer and associate of Andy Warhol’s, and his grandfather, Al Hansen, was a member of the artistic group Fluxus. After dropping out of high school, he nourished his sensibility on a diet of blues and folk, recorded a cassette at home entitled The Banjo Story in 1988, and headed to New York in time to join the anti-folk scene. Returning to Los Angeles as the ’90s dawned, he worked odd jobs and performed concerts in local clubs and coffehouses and recorded songs including Loser and MTV Makes Me Want to Smoke Crack in 1993. After a bidding war, he signed a contract with Geffen, releasing Golden Feelings, while also being permitted to release Stereopathetic Soulmanure on indie label Flipside. In 1994, the album Mellow Gold was an instant smash, propelling him to the forefront of the alternative scene and establishing him as the standard-bearer for a generation. The brilliance continued with the multiplatinum Odelay, produced with the Dust Brothers, the first of a dizzyingly creative series of albums including Mutations in 1998, Midnite Vultures in 1999, the darker, melancholy Sea Change in 2002, the powerful Guero in 2005, the surprising The Information in 2006 and Modern Guilt, produced by Danger Mouse, in 2008. In 2009, he added another feather to his cap, producing Charlotte Gainsbourg’s album IRM. In 2014, he released his 12th album, Morning Phase, which led him here for his Festival debut.
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