Edinburgh United Kingdom
Rejecting the music industry twice, only to return triumphantly decades later: This is the story of free-thinking folk legend Vashti Bunyan.
_(artist-name)Vashti Bunyan_’s story is one of a life come full circle, from an early shot at fame through her many and varied travels through to eventual rediscovery and musical rejuvenation. After quitting art school in the sixties she found herself on the roster of _(artist-name)The Rolling Stones_’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham, signed to Decca and releasing the Mick Jagger/Richards-penned _(song-title)Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind_. But the pop world proved to be an ill fit for her independent spirit (or even less ready for her self-penned songs than her unique voice), so some time later she bought a horse and cart and set off for the dream of a creative colony that singer _(artist-name)Donovan_ was setting up on the Scottish Isle of Skye. On the way she wrote the now cult classic _(song-title)Just Another Diamond Day_, for which she returned to London just long enough to produce with _(artist-name)Joe Boyd_ (who at the time also worked with _(artist-name)Nick Drake_), before taking off again, this time to live with _(artist-name)The Incredible String Band_ on the Scottish borders. Again listeners weren’t ready for her music at the time, so she retreated from the music world and thought her album had been utterly forgotten when, decades later, she found out how highly valued her record was among collectors, and in how high regards it was held amongst a new breed of artists and listeners. Vashti re-released the album in the nineties and started collaborations with various admirers (_(artist-name)Animal Collective_ and _(artist-name)Devendra Banhart_ amongst them), and also recorded her sophomore album, _(album-title)Lookaftering_ for FatCat.