Just a Minute With: Stone Roses' Ian Brown

Wed Aug 6, 2008 1:44pm EDT
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By Golnar Motevalli

LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Brown was lead singer of Manchester-based indie band the Stone Roses, which formed in 1984 and are considered one of the pioneers of the northern English city's "Madchester" music scene.

He released his first solo album "Unfinished Monkey Business" in 1998 and was given a "Godlike Genius" award by the NME in 2006.

Brown lives and works between London and Warrington, his home town, which is near Manchester. His last album, "The World is Yours," was released in September, 2007 and he is playing a number of music festivals around the world this summer.

He spoke to Reuters recently at a screening of a new DVD from British punk band the Sex Pistols, alongside whom he headlined at the Isle of Wight music festival this year.

Q: What's better about being a soloist compared to being in a band?

A: It's twice the joy and half the grief. You never have any arguments and I can work with whoever I want without anyone becoming jealous.

Q: How does it feel to be seen as a Manchester or Madchester icon?

A: I let it go through one ear and out the other, I just try to do everything day-to-day.   Continued...

<p>Musician Ian Brown poses at the "Q Awards" in London October 8, 2007. REUTERS/Anthony Harvey</p>