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Richey Edwards

Background information
Birth name Richard James Edwards
Born 22 December 1967(1967-12-22)
Genre(s) Alternative rock
Occupation(s) lyricist and guitarist
Instrument(s) Guitar
Years active 1989-1995
Label(s) Sony
Influences Sex Pistols, The Clash, Public Enemy, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Albert Camus, Sylvia Plath, Osamu Dazai, Yukio Mishima, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Hubert Selby, Ken Kesey

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Biography

Richey Edwards grew up in Blackwood, South Wales, where he attended Oakdale Comprehensive. Between 1986-1989 he attended University of Wales, Swansea and graduated with a 2:1 degree in political history. He has one sister named Rachel. Blackwood is a small town in Caerphilly, Wales. ... Approximate extent of South East Wales. ... The University of Wales, Swansea was founded in 1920 as University College, Swansea, the fourth college of the University of Wales, following the report of the Haldane Commission into University Education in Wales. ... A degree is any of a wide range of status levels conferred by institutions of higher education, such as universities, normally as the result of successfully completing a program of study. ...


Edwards was initially a driver and roadie for Manic Street Preachers, but he soon became accepted as the band's main spokesman and fourth member. Richey showed little musical talent - his real contribution to the Manic Street Preachers was in the words and design. More often than not he was miming on the guitar during early live performances, but was, along with bassist Nicky Wire, principal lyricist. Richey is said to have written approximately 70% of the lyrics on The Holy Bible.[1] Both are credited on all songs written before Edward's disappearance, with Edwards receiving sole credit on three tracks from the 1996 album Everything Must Go, and co-writing credits on another two. Despite Richey's lack of musical input, he nevertheless contributed to their overall musical direction, and according to the rest of the band on the Everything Must Go DVD, he played a leading role in deciding the approach of the band's sound. It is possible that had he not disappeared, the album that would have followed The Holy Bible would have been dramatically different from the melodic, accessible rock heard on Everything Must Go, Edwards having expressed a desire to create a concept album described as "Pantera meets Screamadelica". However, Bradfield has since expressed doubts over whether the band would have produced such an album: "... I was worried that as chief tune-smith in the band I wasn't actually going to be able to write things that he would have liked. There would have been an impasse in the band for the first time born out of taste..." [2][3][4] Look up mime in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This articles trivia section has too much trivia. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Holy Bible was the third studio album by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers. ... Everything Must Go is the fourth album by the Manic Street Preachers. ... For other uses, see Pantera (disambiguation). ... Screamadelica is a 1991 album by Primal Scream and was their first to be a commercial success. ...

Richey with 4 Real carved into his arm. The NME discussion as to whether to publish this image was a bonus track on "Suicide Is Painless".
Richey with 4 Real carved into his arm. The NME discussion as to whether to publish this image was a bonus track on "Suicide Is Painless".

In 1991 he gained notoriety following an argument with NME journalist Steve Lamacq, who questioned the band's authenticity and values, keen to ensure the punk ethic was not abused, after a gig at the Norwich Arts Centre. Edwards responded by carving the words "4 Real" into his forearm with a razor blade he was carrying.[5] The injury required hospitalisation and seventeen stitches. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... Suicide is Painless was Manic Street Preachers tenth single. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... Steve Lamacq (born 16 October 1965), sometimes known by his nicknames Lammo (given to him by John Peel) or The Cat (due to his ability as a goalkeeper), is an English disc jockey, currently working with the BBC radio stations Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and now BBC Radio 2... Norwich Arts Centreis a live music venue, concert hall and theatre located in St. ...


Edwards suffered severe bouts of depression[6] throughout his life, and was open about it in interviews: "If you're hopelessly depressed like I was, then dressing up is just the ultimate escape. When I was young I just wanted to be noticed. Nothing could excite me except attention so I'd dress up as much as I could. Outrage and boredom just go hand in hand."[7] On the Threshold of Eternity. ...


"Gets to a point where you really can’t operate any more as a human being – you can’t get out of bed, you can’t…make yourself a cup of coffee without something going badly wrong or your body’s too weak to walk."[8]


He also self-harmed, mainly through stubbing cigarettes on his body, and cutting himself ("When I cut myself I feel so much better. All the little things that might have been annoying me suddenly seem so trivial because I'm concentrating on the pain. I'm not a person who can scream and shout so this is my only outlet. It's all done very logically."[9]). His problems with eating and alcohol were well documented, and he was, according to Nicky Wire, "on the verge of anorexia" when he was at his worst. After the release of the band's third album The Holy Bible, he checked into The Priory psychiatric hospital, missing out on some of the promotional work for the album and forcing the band to appear as a three piece at the Reading Festival. Self-harm (SH) is deliberate injury to ones own body. ... For the symphonic black metal band, see Anorexia Nervosa (band) For other uses, see Anorexia Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes an eating disorder characterized by low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight. ... The Holy Bible was the third studio album by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers. ... The Priory Healthcare Group is a independent provider of mental health care facilities in the United Kingdom. ... The 2005 Reading Main Stage The Reading and Leeds Festivals, officially called the Carling Weekend, are a pair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. ...


Following release from the Priory, the Manic Street Preachers as a four-piece band toured Europe with Suede and Therapy? for what was to be the last time. Edwards' final live appearance with the band was at the London Astoria, on the 21 December 1994. The concert ended with the band infamously smashing their equipment and damaging the lighting system, prompted by Richey's violent destruction of his guitar towards the end of set closer "You Love Us".[10] Suede (or The London Suede in the U.S.) were a popular and influential English rock band of the 1990s that helped start the Britpop musical movement of the decade. ... Therapy? are an alternative metal band from Northern Ireland. ... is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... You Love Us was released by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers on January 16 1992 and was the third single to be released from the Generation Terrorists February 10, 1992 album. ...


Disappearance

Edwards disappeared on 1 February 1995, on the day that he and James Dean Bradfield were due to fly to the U.S. on a promotional tour.[11] In the two weeks before his disappearance, Edwards withdrew £200 a day from his bank account, which totaled £2800 by 1 February.[12][13] He checked out of the London Embassy hotel at seven in the morning, and it has been proven that he then drove to his apartment in Cardiff, Wales.[12][14] In the two weeks that followed he was apparently spotted in the Newport passport office,[15] and the Newport bus station.[12][16] On the 7 February, Anthony Hatherhall, a taxi driver from Newport, supposedly picked up Edwards from the King's hotel in Newport, and drove him around the valleys, including Blackwood (Edwards’ home as a child). The passenger got off at the Severn View service station and paid the £68 fare in cash.[17][18] is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... James Dean Bradfield is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the famous Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... For other uses, see Newport (disambiguation). ... Newport bus station is a large bus terminus at the heart of the city centre in Newport, South Wales. ...


On 14 February Richey's Vauxhall Cavalier received a parking ticket at the Severn View service station, and on the 17 February the car was reported as abandoned. Police discovered the battery to be flat, with evidence that the car had been lived in.[12][19] Since then he has purportedly been spotted in a hippie market in Goa, India and has been spotted on the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. There have been other alleged sightings of Edwards, especially in the years immediately following his disappearance.[20] However, none of these have proved conclusive [21] and none have been confirmed by investigators.[22][23] is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Vauxhall Cavalier was a large family car sold primarily in the UK by Vauxhall Motors, the British subsidiary of General Motors from 1976 to 1995. ... Severn View services is a motorway service station on the M48 motorway near Bristol. ... Singer of a modern Hippie movement in Russia The hippie subculture was a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread around the world. ... Look up Market in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Two letter code GA Country India Capital — Administrative — Judicial1   — Panaji — Mumbai Location — Latitude — Longitude   — 15° N — 73° E Governor SC Jamir Chief Minister Prataph Sing Rane State language Konkani Liberation Day December 19, 1961 Statehood Day May 30, 1987 Population 1. ... Fuerteventura, a Spanish island, is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ... Lanzarote is also the title of a novella by Michel Houellebecq, translated into English by Frank Wynne. ...


The investigation itself has received criticism. In his book Everything (A Book About Manic Street Preachers), Simon Price states that aspects of the investigation were "far from satisfactory." He asserts the police may not have taken Edwards' mental state into account when prioritising his disappearance. Price also records Edwards' sister Rachel as having "hit out at police handling" after CCTV footage was analysed two years after the disappearance.[24] Price records a member of the investigation team as stating "that the idea that you could identify somebody from that is arrant nonsense."[25] While his family had the option of declaring him legally dead from 2002, they have chosen not to, and his status remains open as a missing person.[22][26] Simon Price. ... This article refers to a surveillance system. ... Death in absentia describes a legal finding of death if a person has been missing for more than a certain period of time. ...


Since his disappearance, the band have continued to pay 25% of royalties earned into an account, to be kept for Edwards.[27]


Literature and other cultural influences

As well as an interest in music, Edwards' other love was literature. He chose many of the quotes that appear on Manics records and would often refer to writers and poets during interviews. This interest in literature has remained as integral to the band's appeal as their music. Albert Camus, Philip Larkin and Fyodor Dostoevsky were amongst his favourite authors. For other uses, see Camus. ... Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL, (9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist and jazz critic. ... Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (Russian: Фёдор Миха́йлович Достое́вский, IPA: , sometimes transliterated Dostoyevsky, Dostoievsky, or Dostoevski  ) (November 11 [O.S. October 30] 1821–February 9 [O.S. January 28] 1881) was a Russian novelist and writer of fiction whose works, including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, have had a profound and lasting effect...


Edwards' lyrics have often been of a highly poetic nature, particularly on the band's third album The Holy Bible, and they have often reflected his knowledge of political history. This article is about the art form. ... For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ...


His icons and heroes had a profound effect on him and his work. His style is very reminiscent of Syd Barrett's. Many of them, like Kurt Cobain, Ian Curtis and Sylvia Plath, committed suicide at a young age following a short but exceptionally productive life; J.D. Salinger became a recluse, living a hermit-like existence after releasing his novel, The Catcher in the Rye, now recognised as a classic. It was this interest in the unusual that helped shape Edwards's own career, particularly during the early days, with the promise of releasing one classic album and then burning out. Roger Keith Syd Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and artist. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967, Aberdeen, – c. ... Ian Kevin Curtis (July 15, 1956 – May 18, 1980) was the vocalist and lyricist of the band Joy Division, which he helped form in 1977 in Manchester, England. ... Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. ... Jerome David Salinger (born January 1, 1919) is an American author best known for The Catcher in the Rye, a classic coming-of-age story that has enjoyed enduring popularity since its publication in 1951. ... The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger. ...


Footnotes and references

  1. ^ Sullivan, Caroline & Bellos, Alex (January 26, 1996), "Sweet Exile", The Guardian (Manchester): T.010
  2. ^ Hill, Claire. "Manics frontman talks of artistic differences with missing Richey", Western Mail (Cardiff), November 3, 2006, pp. 7. 
  3. ^ Maconie, Stuart "Everything Must Grow Up" Q Magazine October, 1998
  4. ^ O'Connor, Rob (Producer & Director), Bradfield, James Dean (interviewee), Moore, Sean (interviewee), Wire, Nicky (interviewee). (2006-11-06). The Making Of Everything Must Go [DVD]. Sony BMG.
  5. ^ Jinman, Richard. "Fans keep hopes alive for missing Manic", The Guardian, February 1, 2005, pp. 7. Retrieved on 2007-02-02. 
  6. ^ Guardian article On the edge [1]
  7. ^ Smith, Richard (1995) Seduced and Abandoned: Essays on Gay Men and Popular Music, London: Cassell.
  8. ^ Transcription from the final television interview before his disappearance; video available on YouTube.
  9. ^ BBC Wales article [2]
  10. ^ Boden, Sarah (Sunday January 21, 2007), "25 of the greatest gigs ever (part 2)", The Observer: 41, <http://observer.guardian.co.uk/omm/story/0,,1992240,00.html>
  11. ^ Price (1999), pp. 177-178.
  12. ^ a b c d Beckett, Andy. "Missing street preacher", The Independent on Sunday, 2 March 1997. 
  13. ^ Price (1999), p. 178.
  14. ^ Price (1999), p. 179.
  15. ^ Price (1999), p. 183.
  16. ^ Price (1999), p. 180.
  17. ^ Price (1999), p. 179.
  18. ^ Bellos, Alex. "Music: Desperately seeking Richey", The Guardian, 26 January 1996, pp. T.010. 
  19. ^ Price (1999), pp. 177-178.
  20. ^ Sullivan, Caroline. "The lost boys", The Guardian, 28 January 2000. Retrieved on 2007-02-02. 
  21. ^ Wills, Colin. "Is Richey the wild rebel of rock alive or dead?", The Sunday Mirror, 2 June 1996, pp. 62. 
  22. ^ a b Helan, Stephen P.. "Living With Ghosts", Sunday Herald, 30 January 2005, pp. 10. 
  23. ^ Price (1999), pp. 183-185.
  24. ^ Price (1999), p. 186.
  25. ^ Price (1999), p. 187.
  26. ^ Jinman, Richard. "Fans keep hopes alive for missing Manic", The Guardian, 1 February 2005, pp. 7. Retrieved on 2007-02-02. 
  27. ^ "Ten-year tragedy of missing Manic", BBC, 1 February 2005. Retrieved on 2007-06-13. 

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