As Roxy Music Prepares For Historic Reunion, Bryan Ferry Talks His Legacy And Looks
And yes, my parents thought I was crazy.
Let’s go back for a moment to 1970, just before you started Roxy Music, when you were teaching ceramics at a girls’ school in West London. Were you really fired for “arranging impromptu record listening sessions” – and if so, what kind of music did you play?
No, I wasn’t fired, but I don’t think the manager approved. It’s normal studio practice to listen to music while making art, and when I was teaching, I encouraged music in the background. We played all kinds of music, mostly pop.
Roxy was one of the very first bands to really channel and own the visual presentation of your music, from the photography and graphic design of your album covers to the rather outrageous modes you played in. Was that kind of attention or control something you had tough battles with (with record labels, etc.)? And where did you get these clothes?
From the start, it seemed natural to me with my training in art school to make my own album covers. And when we finished Roxy’s debut album, I was lucky enough to meet Antony Price, who had just graduated as a star fashion student at the Royal College of Art, and we worked very closely on the visual presentation of the disc, with the photographer Karl Stoecker. My art school friend Nick de Ville worked on typography. He later served as a professor at Goldsmiths College, teaching YBAs.