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Mike Cooper (2022) / Photography by Alice Stella

Michael Cooper is an English guitarist and singer-songwriter. Initially coming to attention as a country blues performer, his later work also straddles jazz, Polynesian, ambient, and various experimental and improvisational styles.

Cooper continued to perform and tour in the UK and Europe, often collaborating with jazz musicians. He later said of the period, "I left behind the safe shores of melody and conventional harmony and headed out into the sea of timbre." The album 'Ave They Started Yet? recorded a collaboration with dancer Joanna Pyne on a tour in Europe in early 1980.

The same year, he recorded a live album in Berlin with free jazz musicians David Holland and Lol Coxhill (credited as "The Johnny Rondo Duo"). He also played in G.T. Moore's reggae band the Outsiders; experimental band The Mayhem Quartet; the "no wave" jazz group Beating Time; the band Avant Roots, playing a mixture of Greek rembetika and improvised music; acoustic country blues band National Gallery; and electric blues band Continental Drift.

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