- Vol. 03
- Chapter 01
Image by Coralie Bickford-Smith
WinchesterThe singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock would switch easily between acoustic and electric guitar during the 1980s like a semi-detached suburban Neil Young. Eye is my favourite of his acoustic records from that time; my favourite of his electric records, with the Egyptians, Element of Light, has a song called “Winchester.”
I lived in Winchester from 1977–1982.
The singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is playing at The Railway in Winchester tonight, Monday 2 November 2015. He first played Winchester in 1978 with the Soft Boys. The website of Oliver Gary, who wrote about music for the Winchester Chronicle at the time, logs the gig as taking place at the Winchester School of Art but I remember it being at the teacher-training place, King Alfred’s College, on the other side of town.
The singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock went to school at Winchester College.
If I was in Winchester this evening I would probably go to see the singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock play The Railway. But according to the Google Maps’ directions I am 192 hours drive away from Winchester. without traffic, and I don’t know how bad that might be in Chad, so I’ll listen to Eye, instead.
The singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is very tall, has silver hair, and is given to wearing loud shirts in public.
I went to school in Winchester, but not at Winchester College. I also went to college in Winchester, but not at Winchester College, which is a school, not a college.
The singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock went to art college in London and often produces the cover artwork for his records. The cover of Eye features a representation of an eye produced by the artist Robyn Hitchcock.
WinchesterThe Winchester School of Art is part of Southampton University. Southampton is about 23 minutes away from Winchester without traffic.
I don’t remember if I went to see the singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock with the Soft Boys in 1978. That is over 330,000 hours away, with heavy traffic, although I do remember playing Winchester School of Art myself, the next year and maybe even in 1980. I don’t remember ever playing King Alfred’s College.
King Alfred’s College is now Winchester University, which must not be confused with Winchester College.
The singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock had an honorary doctorate bestowed upon him by Winchester University in 2012.