Post your questions for Bryan Ferry | Brian Ferry

BBoth conventionally debonair and completely out of the ordinary, Bryan Ferry remains one of the UK’s most unique pop stars. As a book of his lyrics is released on May 5, new solo music is released, and a Roxy Music 50th anniversary tour is being prepared, the 76-year-old will join us in answering your questions. questions about all things related to his long career, which you can post in the comments section below.

The riot of glamor in Roxy Music’s 1972 debut single Virginia Plain, whose lyrics were penned and delivered by Ferry with the theatrics of a circus master, heralded a whole new force in British rock. . Peacock but cool rather than stupid, Ferry’s invitations to “dance on moonbeams / slide on rainbows / in fur or blue jeans” on Do the Strand, and “just boogaloo a rhapsody divine” on Pajamarama, were enthusiastically accepted by a fanbase that flocked to the glamor of their art school. They released eight UK Top 10 albums, eventually morphing into an arena-friendly soft rock band, and reading Ferry’s lyrics on the page from this whole era is a thrill: psychedelic fantasies laced with humour, heartbreak, savage boredom and satirical blows to the set-up.

The group broke up in 1983 after the No. 1 album Avalon, but reformed for their 30th, 40th and now 50th anniversaries – Ferry, with core members Andy MacKay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson, will play 10 dates in the United States in September, and three in the United Kingdom in October.

Roxy Music in 1972. Photography: Brian Cooke/Redferns

Ferry has also long been a celebrated performer of other people’s songs. His 1973 solo debut, These Foolish Things – the first of 16 solo albums – was a cover album that kicked off with Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall and covered classics like Sympathy for the Devil and The Tracks of My Tears. He then topped the UK charts with Roxy Music’s cover of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy, released the year after Lennon’s murder, and went on to perform Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, Screamin’ I Put a Spell on You Jay Hawkins, a full album of Dylan covers, and more. A new set of covers are gradually coming out this spring: the title track is Ketty Lester’s Love Letters, which he previously covered River of Salt on These Foolish Things; I Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, made famous by Dusty Springfield; Elvin Bishop’s ’70s waltzing hit, Fooled Around and Fell in Love; and The Very Thought of You, a beloved standard by Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole.

It’s a rich, ongoing half-century of creativity and impeccable tailoring – ask your questions about it below and Ferry will answer as many as he can. His responses will be published in the April 29 edition of the Guardian’s Film & Music section, and online.

Bryan Ferry’s lyrics are released on May 5 by Chatto & Windus. The tracks from the digital EP Love Letters are out now or released in April and May. Roxy Music’s North American tour begins at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on September 7; the UK tour begins October 10 at OVO Hydro, Glasgow.

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