"Roy Harper" is an English folk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist who has been a professional musician since 1964. He has released 22 studio albums and 10 live albums.
Musically, American blues musician Lead Belly and folk music/folk singer Woody Guthrie were his earliest influences, and, in his teens, jazz musician Miles Davis. Harper was also exposed to classical music in his childhood and has pointed to the influence of Jean Sibelius's Karelia Suite. Lyrical influences include the 19th century Romantic poetry/Romantics, especially Percy Bysshe Shelly/Shelley, and John Keats/Keats's poem "Endymion (poem)/Endymion". Harper has also cited the Beat Generation/Beat poets as being highly influential, particularly Jack Kerouac. As a musician, Harper is known for his distinctive Fingerstyle guitar/fingerstyle playing and lengthy, lyrical, complex compositions, a result of his love of jazz and Keats.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous musicians! More Roy Harper on Wikipedia.
They showed me this album sleeve, the new Led Zeppelin album, and I said 'very nice' and handed it back. 'No, go on - look again' they said, and then I saw this song 'Hats off to Harper'. It was very, uh... to be honest, it's been more of a burden than anything. A hell of a thing to live up to.Roy Harper