Pete Brown is a musician, poet, writer, record producer and singer based in north London, UK.
He rose to prominence as a leading British beat poet (notably with Mike Horovitz’ New Departures group) in the early 1960s and went on to write a remarkable series of albums with Cream singer and bassist Jack Bruce, spanning over thirty years.
After leading music and poetry groups of his own, such as the First Real Poetry Band with famed guitarist John McLaughlin, Pete took his first step into music proper with the Battered Ornaments, vocal duties devolving on him. He was then on the road for nearly 10 years, including 3 with the well-liked Piblokto, which included Jim Mullen and later Phil Ryan.
During the Punk Era, Pete left the business (nobody noticed) and began writing screenplays, then producing records. Through this latter work he began gigging again at first as a sideman. He eventually formed his own band again in 1993 with Phil Ryan, the Interoceters. This was his longest-lived band, lasting until 2008, later without Phil.
Pete is currently gigging and touring with his band, Psoulchedelia. His latest CD, with long-time collaborator Phil Ryan, is Road of Cobras, and his autobiography, White Rooms and Imaginary Westerns: Ginsberg, Clapton and Cream – An Anarchic Odyssey was published last year.
Pete’s autobiography, White Rooms and Imaginary Westerns: Ginsberg, Clapton and Cream – An Anarchic Odyssey, was published in 2010. Pete and Phil are about to tour from July onwards with their currrent band, Psoulchedelia, on the back of their latest record, “Perils of Wisdom” on the Repertoire label. Pete is also working on new material with his former Cream collaborator Jack Bruce.