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Richard Ashcroft

Stephen Dalton, National, The, July 2010

MUCH LIKE his music, a conversation with Richard Paul Ashcroft quickly expands into a freeform voyage to the outer limits of the astral perimeter. Back with a new musical identity following the third and final collapse of his planet-conquering band, the Verve, the 38-year-old rocker riffs through interviews like a virtuoso jazz player. He leaps from Warhol to Picasso, Marvin Gaye to Coldplay, football to fatherhood, often talking in vast and shapeless rambles, rarely drawing breath.

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