Graham Coxon

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Legal name: Graham Leslie Coxon

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Graham Leslie Coxon (born 12 March 1969) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and painter. He came to prominence as the lead guitarist, backing vocalist and occasional lead vocalist of the rock band Blur, and is also a critically acclaimed solo artist, having recorded eight solo albums. His artistic and musical contribution is featured on all seven of Blur's studio albums, from 1991's Leisure to 2003's Think Tank. Although credited as a songwriter on most Blur tracks, his most significant lyrical contributions appeared on the hit singles "Tender" and "Coffee & TV"; a number of tracks in the band's catalogue were also penned mainly by Coxon.

In 2002, he left Blur following a bitter dispute with the other members, notably Damon Albarn. As a result, he played guitar and was credited as a songwriter on only the final track for the following year's Think Tank. In late 2008, Blur reformed with Coxon in the fold. As well as being a musician, Coxon is also a visual artist, designing the cover art for all his solo albums as well as Blur's 13.

Coxon also plays several other instruments, besides guitar, and is notable for recording his albums single-handedly, without much help from session musicians. An innovative lead guitarist, other notable British guitarists such as Jonny Greenwood and Noel Gallagher have lauded Coxon's musicality and talent, with the latter calling him "one of the most talented guitarists of his generation." He was voted the 15th greatest guitarist of the last 30 years in a national 2010 BBC poll.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 The Sky Is Too High Graham Coxon 2
2000 The Golden D Graham Coxon 1
2001 Crow Sit on Blood Tree Graham Coxon 2
2002 The Kiss of Morning Graham Coxon 1
2004 Happiness in Magazines Graham Coxon 4
2006 Love Travels at Illegal Speeds Graham Coxon 3
2009 The Spinning Top Graham Coxon 1
2012 A+E Graham Coxon 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 Live at the Zodiac Live Graham Coxon 1
2006 Burnt to Bitz at the Astoria Live Graham Coxon 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 Thank God for the Rain Graham Coxon 1
2002 Escape Song / Mountain of Regret Graham Coxon 1
2004 Freakin' Out Graham Coxon 1
2004 Bittersweet Bundle of Misery Graham Coxon 3
2004 Spectacular Graham Coxon 3
2004 Freakin' Out / All Over Me Graham Coxon 2
2006 Standing on My Own Again Graham Coxon 4
2006 You & I Graham Coxon 3
2006 I Can't Look at Your Skin / What's He Got? Graham Coxon 2
2006 What Ya Gonna Do Now? / Bloody Annoying Graham Coxon 1
2007 This Old Town Paul Weller & Graham Coxon 1

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