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Kevin Coyne

Gavin Martin, Uncut, November 2003

IN THE EARLY '70s, Derby-born bluesman Kevin Coyne's unflinching portraits of mental despair and emotional turmoil helped pave the way for punk. His songs were influenced by his experience as a drug counsellor and psychiatric nurse, though in 1985 a mental breakdown, combined with his long battle with alcohol, caused him to leave England.

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