English solo artist and songwriter Ian Brown is known to most as the frontman of the cult British alternative rock band The Stone Roses who were popular during the late 80’s and early 90’s, during a more than ten year separation from the band, Brown boasted an impressive career as a solo artist and was popular in his own right.
The Stone Roses’ debut self-titled album has been voted one of the greatest British albums of all time and owes much of its success to the song writing and performance skills of Brown himself, however a difficult relationship between Ian Brown and the band’s bassist John Squire lead to a disbandment of the music act after Squire left in 1995.
Brown took some time out of music and lived for a period in Morocco before returning to the UK to release his first album as a solo artist in 1998: Unfinished Monkey Business, which reached number 4 in the UK charts and eventually obtained gold sales status.
Ever in the limelight Ian Brown’s first years as a solo artist were as eventful as those he had spent with the Stone Roses; Brown, who had always been known for his often voiced opinions and occasionally aggressive behaviour was arrested and later spent two months in the infamous Strangeways Prison in 1999; despite this interruption however Brown continued to write material and whilst behind bars penned Free My Way, So Many Soldiers and Set My Baby Free.
Over the next ten years Ian Brown released a further five studio albums, four of which reached the UK’s top 10 with the 2000 single Dolphins Were Monkey’s peaking at number 5. Brown was nominated five times for Best Solo Artist at the prestigious UK Brit Awards and has had four albums reach gold sales status in seven years.
It was announced in 2011 that The Stone Roses would reunite, taking a reunion tour around the UK the following summer and a documentary about the music act, one of the most successful in recent British history, was made by director Shane Meadows in 2013.
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