1 July - 28 July
Freak Flags - An Exhibition by CMRTYZ
29 July - 17 September
People. Places. Things - an exhibition of photographs by Laura Lewis
July 25, 7:00pm
BUY JOSEPH ARTHUR'S EP 'SAINT OF IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES' FROM MONDAY 22nd JULY AT ROUGH TRADE EAST AND COLLECT YOUR WRISTBAND AT THE SAME TIME, ANY REMAINING WRISTBANDS WILL BE GIVEN OUT 1 HOUR PRIOR TO THE STAGE TIME...ONE PER PURCHASE
If pre-ordering via mail order...Upon checkout please indicate in the notes section whether you would like to collect the album on the evening along with a wristband. If you do not do this, shipping will automatically be charged once the order is processed.
Growing up in the '70s and '80s in Akron, Ohio, Joseph Arthur's musical life started off like many others, with mandatory piano lessons. But once he realized he could use the piano to conjure up his own musical worlds, he took to the instrument and began writing songs, eventually playing in bands while in high school. Days after graduation, he moved to Atlanta with a band, playing bass and supporting himself with day jobs at a music store and tattoo shop.
At the time, Arthur aspired to be a world-class jazz or fusion bass player. But when a demo tape of Arthur's songs made its way to Peter Gabriel, it was the lyrics that attracted Peter, as he realized the talented songwriter was a great fit for his label Real World Records.
Within a few months Arthur was signed and Big City Secrets was recorded at Real World Studios with Marcus Dravs (Bjork, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons) producing the album, released in 1997. Several EPs and albums followed, including 2000's Come To Where I'm From, which features his signature song, 'In the Sun' (which as been covered by Peter Gabriel, and later by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Coldplay's Chris Martin in 2006).
Arthur is an accomplished painter, having displayed his works in galleries around the world - museumofmodernarthur.com.