Events

An Evening with Robyn Hitchcock

Legendary songwriter and iconic performer, Robyn Hitchcock comes to Foyles Charing Cross Road to look back on his extraordinary career, from The Soft Boys to his solo masterpieces, and to launch his new book, 1967: How I Got There and Why I Never Left.

Hitchcock’s new memoir reframes his diverse and genre-defying career through the events and cultural revelations of a single, formative year. Ingeniously written and deeply insightful, 1967 is a monument to an era and the story of a master songwriter’s coming of age.

Born in London in 1953, later moving to Cambridge, Hitchcock began playing in a series of bands, including Dennis and the Experts, which became The Soft Boys in 1976. The Soft Boys released two albums, among them 1980’s landmark second LP, Underwater Moonlight. Hitchcock began his solo career with 1981’s Black Snake Diamond Röle, followed by 1984’s I Often Dream of Trains. Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians were born that same year and garnered immediate success with albums including 1986’s Element of Light. He signed to A&M Records in 1987 and earned early alternative hits with “Balloon Man” and “Madonna of the Wasps.” Hitchcock released a succession of acclaimed albums in the nineties, including 1996’s Moss Elixir and 1999’s Jewels For Sophia. Having first reunited for a brief run of shows in 1994, The Soft Boys came together for a second time in 2001, releasing Nextdoorland to universal acclaim. Hitchcock has appeared in several films and has toured nearly constantly for the past four decades. He lives in Nashville and London.

This event will be chaired by music critic Tom Pinnock, whose writing regularly appears in publications including Uncut. The event will be followed by a book signing. Doors will open from 6:45pm.

Tickets: £8 General Admission / £25 Book and Ticket, inc. a copy of 1967 (RRP £22) Venue: The Auditorium (Level 6) at Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road Please note that the Auditorium at Foyles is fully accessible from the Ground floor lifts.

Image Credit: Hitchcock by Paul Andrews