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Brian Hopper

Brian Hopper
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Brian Hopper (born 3 January 1943, in Canterbury, Kent) is a British guitarist and saxophonist, and older brother of bassist Hugh Hopper. With Hugh, he was a member in the early Canterbury scene band Wilde Flowers. He also played saxophone on Soft Machine's album Volume Two and cowrote several tracks on their eponymous debut. The death of two bandmates in the early 70s discouraged Brian from pursuing a proper career in music, so he went into agricultural crop protection research and development instead. Only in the latter part of the 90s did Brian re-emerge as an artist of contemporary as well as historical significance. One of his projects was Canterburied Sounds, Vol.s 1-4, a four-CD compilation of archival Canterbury scene recordings from his private collection. He has since returned to writing and performing music.
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Various Artists — Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales Various Artists — Romantic Warriors III: Canterbury Tales
(Zeitgeist Media 3, 2015, DVD)
Brian Hopper — If Ever I Am Brian Hopper — If Ever I Am
(Voiceprint VP338CD, 2004, CD)
Soft Machine — BBC Radio 1967-1971 Soft Machine — BBC Radio 1967-1971
(Hux Records 037, 1971/2003, 2CD)
Brian Hopper with Beggars Farm — Brian Hopper with Beggars Farm Brian Hopper with Beggars Farm — Brian Hopper with Beggars Farm
(Voiceprint VP145CD, 1970/1997, CD)
Various Artists — Canterburied Sounds Volume 2 Various Artists — Canterburied Sounds Volume 2
(Voiceprint VP202CD, 1970/1998, CD)
Various Artists — Canterburied Sounds Volume 3 Various Artists — Canterburied Sounds Volume 3
(Voiceprint VP203CD, 1970/1998, CD)
Various Artists — Canterburied Sounds Volume 4 Various Artists — Canterburied Sounds Volume 4
(Voiceprint VP204CD, 1970/1998, CD)
Soft Machine — Spaced Soft Machine — Spaced
(Cuneiform Rune 90, 1969/1996, CD)
Wilde Flowers — Tales of Canterbury: The Wilde Flowers Story - Brian's Tale Wilde Flowers — Tales of Canterbury: The Wilde Flowers Story - Brian's Tale
(Voiceprint VPB 123, 1969/1994, CD+Book)
The Soft Machine — Volume Two The Soft Machine — Volume Two
(Sundazed CD 5342, 1969/2010, CD)
The Wilde Flowers — The Wilde Flowers The Wilde Flowers — The Wilde Flowers
(Voiceprint VP123, 1969/1994, CD)
Various Artists — Canterburied Sounds Volume 1 Various Artists — Canterburied Sounds Volume 1
(Voiceprint VP201CD, 1968/1998, CD)

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