Beck Biography

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Source: Seth Hindin
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BORN: July 8, 1970, Los Angeles, CA

Simply put, Beck is one of the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 1990s, the latest artist to be dubbed "the next Bob Dylan" by industry pundits. Like Dylan, Beck writes songs with cryptic lyrics, but unlike Dylan Beck draws not only from folk and rock traditions, but also from hip-hop, blues, country, psychedelic music, lo-fi indie rock, and other seemingly contradictory genres, creating a shambling collage-like sound all his own. Since bursting on to commercial radio and MTV in 1993, Beck has successfully maintained his artistic integrity yet managed to win over millions of fans, a rare combination of critical and commercial success.

Beck was born Beck Hansen in Los Angeles on July 8, 1970, the son of actress/musician Bibbe Hansen (who became one of Andy Warhol's "Superstars" at age 13) and bluegrass musician David Campell (who has written string arrangements for top-name bands such as Aerosmith), and the grandson of Al Hansen, an artist who helped found the FluXus movement. Not surprisingly, he was raised in an open, semi-bohemian environment, and grew up interested in art and music -- especially folk and blues-- learning to play acoustic guitar as a teenager.

In his late teens Beck moved to New York to participate in the East Village anti-folk scene, a minor musical movement that combined folk sounds with a punk aesthetic and innovative subject matter. When he returned to L.A. around 1990, Beck began playing local bars and parties, and recorded several singles, including 1993's "Loser," for the independent Bong Load Records label. By the end of 1993 "Loser" was getting alternative radio play nationwide; Beck quickly signed to DGC Records, which released his major label debut album, Mellow Gold (reportedly recorded for only $300), the following year. It won massive critical acclaim for its lo-fi synthesis of Dylanesque folk, Delta blues, hip-hop, rock 'n' roll, and Hank Williams-style country.

His 1996 follow-up, Odelay, produced by the Dust Brothers, was even more popular with critics and fans, spawning the hit single "Devil's Haircut" and "Where It's At." Beck has also remixed tracks for several bands, including the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and has continued to support independent labels by releasing highly experimental mini-albums on labels such as K Records.

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Astoundingly Original! | Reviewer: Keisha St.Julien | 2/17/13

I first discovered Beck in 1994 with the release of Odelay! One listen later, I became a forever fan. Beck, don't stop making your music. You're a total original and I love you for it! I'm looking forward to more awesum music.

black hole | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/28/10

omg it has been 10 yrs of me listening to Beck w/o finding out who he is.
i used to play black hole evernihgt in bed. the seemling 12 string guitar adn violins is only waht i suspect is on "black hole"... i got if form a recording form a afriend at Dell Computer in 1995. i was so stuck on it i made my own words up to it. jsut tonihgt i foudn the song and got the right words. HOW! freaking cool... my friend who recorded the tape for me he siad there was not words.
what i heard was what it is. NOT!
thnkfully there is lyrics on line!
Joe where are you you as@#$!
i love you Beck and you are no LOOSER!
I am so happy to meet you via web sites..
Laura

Amazing | Reviewer: Natalie | 5/25/09

Beck has slowly become my favorite artist. His CD Guero is my favorite of all time. Guerolito is cool because it's some Guero songs remixed.

Beck is so versatile. He is truly talented. His songs can be simple, or ridiculously complex.

Beck is the most talented artist I've ever heard. (In my opinion.)

yo 'e's so dope! | Reviewer: booyaka.man | 6/16/07

the beck is a so - so good artist that if he would be a something to eat i would eat em, yes sir. a banana-chip or somethin, yap. for sure! an' hes that good that even the beatles sung a song bout him even though he actually hasnt been sooo popular 'mong that time: "beck in the ussr"

ussr stands fo' : united sound system region, an thats where all the realy cool people do go.

so anyway i warmly recommand beck for all ya peepz out there that love crazy shit. gimme five! booyaka

Take the heart out of the shell | Reviewer: Addie | 4/30/07

Beck's newest album DVD reminds me of The Magical Mystery Tour...on acid. No artist today could have done the old, psychadellic graphics and made it work. It's so filled with emotion; It's simply amazing. I can't even describe what his music makes me feel. Beck is the only present day artist that doesn't have a bad song, or a bad album. That's rare.

He' cool | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/13/06

He's better than mason jennings and Jack Johnson. Even though they are different styles of music Beck's the best

i luv him | Reviewer: nataliesung | 8/11/05

i luv his voice,so casual but resonating~
i luv his hair,it feels soft!
i luv his song"girl"
i painted a picture for him.
i luv beck!


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