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Back to the Future: Brian Eno

Robert Sandall, Q, November 1990

The teenage keyboard pioneer with the left-field dress sense evolved into the amiable egghead in the "gardening clothes". And in between – via the avant-garde, Bowie, U2 and his own famously unhummable compositions – Brian Eno displayed an enviable capacity for keeping one step ahead of the field. Robert Sandall meets the loquacious apostle of art rock.

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