Fred Frith

Real Name:
Jeremy Webster Frith
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Born: 17th February 1949, Heathfield, England.

British composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist, who has situated himself for more than thirty years in the area where rock music and new music meet.

Played in R & B groups at school and did solo folk club work from 1967-1969. Began exploratory musical activities with Tim Hodgkinson early in 1968 which led to the start Henry Cow.
Between times since then he has been involved with flautist Clive Bell in the Ritual Theatre, played guitar in Brecht-Weill productions, taught guitar and ran a jazz workshop at Cambridge tech.

Co-founder of the British underground band "Henry Cow" (1968-78), Frith moved to New York in the late seventies and came into contact with many of the musicians with whom he’s since been associated, for example; John Zorn; Ikue Mori; Tom Cora; Zeena Parkins and Bob Ostertag. Fourteen years in New York gave rise to groups like "Massacre" (with Bill Laswell and Fred Maher), "Skeleton Crew" (with Tom and Zeena), and "Keep the Dog", a sextet performing an extensive repertoire of Frith compositions.

In the eighties Frith began writing for dance, film, and theatre. This, in turn, led to his composing for "Rova Sax Quartet", "Ensemble Modern", "Asko Ensemble" and a number of other groups, including his own critically acclaimed "Guitar Quartet".

Best known world-wide as an improvisational guitarist, Frith has also performed in a variety of other contexts, playing bass in John Zorn’s "Naked City", violin in Lars Hollmer’s "Looping Home Orchestra" and guitar on recordings ranging from "The Residents" and René Lussier, to Brian Eno and Amy Denio. Frith was also the subject of Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzels’ award-winning documentary film "Step Across The Border".

He became Professor of Composition at Mills College in Oakland, California, near his home with photographer Heike Liss and their children, Finn and Lucia.
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C 1508 Guitar Solos — Fred Frith Fred Frith Guitar Solos (Album) Caroline Records C 1508 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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C 1518 Guitar Solos 2 — Fred Frith Bailey*, Frith*, Fitzgerald*, Reichel* Bailey*, Frith*, Fitzgerald*, Reichel* - Guitar Solos 2 (Album) Caroline Records C 1518 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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ML 107, METALANGUAGE 107 With Friends Like These — Fred Frith Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser - With Friends Like These(LP, Album) Metalanguage, Metalanguage ML 107, METALANGUAGE 107 US 1979 Sell This Version
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FF 8057-L Gravity — Fred Frith Fred Frith Gravity (Album) Ralph Records FF 8057-L US 1980 Sell This Version
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FF 8106 Speechless — Fred Frith Fred Frith Speechless (Album) Ralph Records FF 8106 US 1981 Sell This Version
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RIFT 4 Voice Of America — Fred Frith Fred Frith / Bob Ostertag / Phil Minton Fred Frith / Bob Ostertag / Phil Minton - Voice Of America (Album) Rift RIFT 4 US 1982 Sell This Version
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none Live At Loft Shinjuku Tokyo Japan 23 July '81 — Fred Frith Fred Frith & 突然段ボール* Fred Frith & 突然段ボール* - Live At Loft Shinjuku Tokyo Japan 23 July '81 (MiniAlbum) Floor none Japan 1982 Sell This Version
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RRJ 004 Live In Japan — Fred Frith Fred Frith Live In Japan (Album) Recommended Records Japan RRJ 004 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
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none Live Im Lunapark 16.4.82 / 4.6.82 / 28.5.82 — Fred Frith Frieder Butzmann, Marko Pezzati, Leslie Stevens, Das Synthetische Mischgewebe, Fred Frith / Tomas Schmit Frieder Butzmann, Marko Pezzati, Leslie Stevens, Das Synthetische Mischgewebe, Fred Frith / Tomas Schmit - Live Im Lunapark 16.4.82 / 4.6.82 / 28.5.82(Cass, Album, C90) Not On Label (Marko Pezzati & Leslie Stevens Self-released) none Germany 1982 Sell This Version
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A.A.A./A02 French Gigs — Fred Frith Lol Coxhill And Fred Frith Lol Coxhill And Fred Frith - French Gigs (Album) AAA A.A.A./A02 France 1983 Sell This Version
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FF 8356 Cheap At Half The Price — Fred Frith Fred Frith Cheap At Half The Price (Album) Ralph Records FF 8356 US 1983 Sell This Version
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ML-123 Who Needs Enemies ? — Fred Frith Henry Kaiser And Fred Frith Henry Kaiser And Fred Frith - Who Needs Enemies ?(LP, Album) Metalanguage ML-123 US 1983 Sell This Version
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RR 05 Learn To Talk — Fred Frith Skeleton Crew (2), Fred Frith, Tom Cora Skeleton Crew (2), Fred Frith, Tom Cora - Learn To Talk (Album) Recommended Music RR 05 UK & Europe 1984 Sell This Version
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VICTO 01 Nous Autres — Fred Frith Fred Frith - René Lussier Fred Frith - René Lussier - Nous Autres (Album) Les Disques Victo VICTO 01 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
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SST 172 The Technology Of Tears (And Other Music For Dance And Theatre) — Fred Frith Fred Frith The Technology Of Tears (And Other Music For Dance And Theatre) (Album) RecRec Music SST 172 US 1987 Sell This Version
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MTM 21 CD The Top Of His Head — Fred Frith Fred Frith The Top Of His Head (Album) Made To Measure, Made To Measure MTM 21 CD Europe 1989 Sell This Version
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CS 17868 Bob Ostertag & Fred Frith Bob Ostertag & Fred Frith - Live At The Knitting Factory Fall ‘89 Show 4(Cass, Promo) A&M Records CS 17868 US 1989 Sell This Version
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EVA 2026 Step Across The Border — Fred Frith Fred Frith Step Across The Border (Album) RecRec Music EVA 2026 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
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ReCDec 33 Attention Span — Fred Frith Ostertag* With Zorn* With Frith* Ostertag* With Zorn* With Frith* - Attention Span(CD, Album) RecRec Music ReCDec 33 Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
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WOOF 013, MEGAPHONE 002 Live Improvisations — Fred Frith Fred Frith / Tim Hodgkinson Fred Frith / Tim Hodgkinson - Live Improvisations(CD, Album) Woof Records, Megaphone Records (3) WOOF 013, MEGAPHONE 002 UK & US 1990 Sell This Version
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ReCDec 32 Dropera — Fred Frith Fred* & Ferd* Fred* & Ferd* - Dropera (Album) RecRec Music ReCDec 32 Switzerland 1991 Sell This Version
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FMP CD 36 Stop Complaining / Sundown — Fred Frith Hans Reichel Duets With Fred Frith And Kazuhisa Uchihashi* Hans Reichel Duets With Fred Frith And Kazuhisa Uchihashi* - Stop Complaining / Sundown(CD, Album) FMP FMP CD 36 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
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NUX-21 Null & Fred Frith — Fred Frith Null* & Fred Frith Null* & Fred Frith - Null & Fred Frith(Cass, Album, C60) Nux Organization NUX-21 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
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ReCDec 40 Helter Skelter — Fred Frith Fred Frith / François-Michel Pesenti Fred Frith / François-Michel Pesenti - Helter Skelter (Album) RecRec Music ReCDec 40 Switzerland 1992 Sell This Version
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ReR LSMCD, RēR LSMCD Domestic Stories — Fred Frith Chris Cutler / Lutz Glandien with Dagmar Krause, Fred Frith, Alfred Harth Chris Cutler / Lutz Glandien with Dagmar Krause, Fred Frith, Alfred Harth - Domestic Stories (Album) ReR Megacorp, ReR Megacorp ReR LSMCD, RēR LSMCD UK 1992 Sell This Version