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Clive Brooks RIP

Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech.

by Jon Davis, Published 2017-05-05

Clive Colin Brooks was born 28 December 1949 in East London, and first rose to prominnence when he joined Uriel in 1968. The band featured Dave Stewart, Steve Hillage, and Mont Campbell, and was one of the earliest Canterbury bands. After Hillage departed the band, the remaining trio called themselves Egg and became one of the seminal bands of the scene, creating complex music with a sense of humor. Egg disbanded in 1972, though they regrouped in 1974 in the studio to record some of their material that had gone undocumented during their time together.

After Egg, Brooks joined The Groundhogs (1972 - 1974) and Liar (1977 - 1979), and after that worked mainly as a drum technician for such artists as Pink Floyd, Toto, and Leonard Cohen. He sporadically played drums as well.


Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): Pink Floyd, Egg, Arzachel (Uriel), Nick Mason

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