The level playing fields of Eton
How do any of us cope? If you read these monthly notes then you know I cope with humour [allegedly], with thinking externally, by having adventures [off to Thailand next week and rather annoyed I’ve missed the fun of the storms] ....
I see your eyes flash and spark, like pyrites in a mirror pool, as you appraise and reflect and challenge...
Will you be really kind and support the Friends Of Jo Cox by downloading the single “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” featuring MP4, Ricky Wilson, David Gray, KT Tunstall, Steve Harley and yours truly?
And because it’s me you get a sneak preview of the video, which doesn’t come out until Monday. Take a look here https://vimeo.com/movementinmedia/mp4 - password: MP4-band
I’m biased but I think it’s pretty moving. All the money goes to the JO Cox Foundation. The Chancellor waived the VAT yesterday, The Stones waived their royalty yesterday, William Hill are donating all the betting stakes to The Foundation,JK Rowling is supporting, The Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn were photographed with the single and urged support in PMQ yesterday.
But we’re up against the might of Cowell, X Factor, The Beckam machine, Justin Bieber and the rest.
The record is a protest against extremism and a way of looking at JO cox’s amazing life and helping the things she believed in trying to help: loneliness and the plight of refugees.
Thank you very much,
His productions have earned the UK over £400 million in foreign income and have won almost every major global music award including Brit and Grammy Awards.
To date, Robin has sold more records than R.E.M. , The Police, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, Jay-Z or Black Sabbath.
Robin is Executive Group Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group, which owns Chrysalis Records Ltd, record publishing and artist management businesses Blue raincoat represents the works and careers of over 150 artists and writers and controls thousands of classic songs from the last 50 years.
Starting as an apprentice in 1975, Robin has trained hundreds of young people in work based learning and served as a trustee of Creative & Cultural Skills UK for 8 years. He sits on the shadow board of the new National College for Creative & Cultural Skills and the board of The Backstage Centre in Purfleet, a £15m state of the art training facility in performing arts offstage crafts which he helped to found.
To reflect his musical, business and campaigning career Robin was awarded a CBE in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours. In the same year he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association of Professional Recording Services with Peter Gabriel. Dubbed 'Golden ears' by Boy George, Robin is the man behind the Sade hits, the producer of the first acid jazz record and of the biggest selling French album of all time. Robin and Danny Boyle are the only Brits ever to produce an Olympic Games opening ceremony. In 2010 The Brit Awards Voting Academy nominated 'Diamond Life' as 'one of the best 10 British albums of the last 30 years'.
Robin has worked with legendary artists including Randy Crawford, Everything But The Girl, Fine Young Cannibals, Big Country, Eric Clapton, Sting and many many others. He is also an artist and guitarist in his own right and recently returned to contemporary dance music with his own brand of jazz-dance. He produced and mixed the summer's official Ibiza dance anthem with U.S. legend Arthur Baker. Robin also goes out as a DJ / guitarist under the name TOSO playing classic cool grooves from the last 40 years.
Robin has become equally recognised as an academic, a coach and mentor to FTSE business leaders, one of the most charismatic and in-demand keynote speakers and a major fundraiser and champion for vulnerable people.
In November 2007 he was awarded Honorary Professor status at The University of West London. He is Hon. Patron of the Music Producers Guild, a member of the Human Genetics Commission Consultative Panel, Patron of Calm UK, Patron of Finding Rhythms and Global Advisor to LCD Young Voices, a former trustee of the National Skills Academy and a former director of APRS.
Robin has owned and run businesses in and out of the music industry for 25 years, including Power Plant, Maison Rouge and Whitfield Street Studios, Rent-A-Ferrari, and Scarlett Group PLC.
He has been a visiting professor and lecturer in commercial music for 15 years at The Royal Academy of Music, London College of Music, Surrey University and The University of Modena in Italy.
His outstanding work for the world's most oppressed people has involved work as patron of UNHCR Geneva, trustee of The Playing Alive Foundation and a long-time trustee of the Vietnamese Boat Peoples' Appeal and his campaigning concerts and recordings for Oxfam, UNICEF, British Lung Foundation, Namibian Freedom Fighters, Artists Against Apartheid and others have raised millions of pounds. Robin was awarded the 2002 Windrush Award for his work with minorities.
In December 2011 Robin began a mission for the UN to the 22 poorest regions in the world to teach young disabled people to use professional recording equipment.
Robin has been registered blind since the age of 16 and has had no sight since 1985. His amazing life as a punk guitarist, Ferrari renter, nude model, academic and producer of 'Smooth Operator' and 'The Sweetest Taboo' is still full of adventure, fun and a source of inspiration to others. He says "Suffering is normal: it's how you deal with it that gives your life meaning."
On 29 March 2012 Robin went through a 12 hour operation to insert a bionic retina into his eye trialling a pioneering new idea for future generations. Although the implant had to be removed after rejection in autumn 2013, the research has made giant steps in the understanding of possible ways to restore sight in the future. For more details go to the Bionic Retina page on this website.
"I've made and lost many millions, broken all the rules and I've developed a strong and deep understanding of how lucky some of us are. I'm more of a rough diamond than a smooth operator... adventure should be real and not imagined."
Robin Millar CBE FAPRS MA
The details above are taken from the Berklee College Of Music Celebrity Scholarship Patrons Information Archive.
Further Information on Robin's Credits
For a detailed list of Robin's production, musician and engineering credits go to allmusic.com/artist/robin-millar-mn0000289707/credits (external website).
This was co-written by the wonderful Eran James and me. Eran singing, yours truly piano and synth plus backup vocals. All recorded and mixed by me at my place.
It concerns the dispossessed in refugee camps and is directed at those who either overtly or obliquely caused the situation to arise but appear not to take responsibility. Click here to listen.
To listen to Robin’s 1975 album "Cat’s Eyes" recorded at The Beatles Apple Studios with Rolling Stones Mick Taylor and Nicky Hopkins Click here to listen
Long in-depth interview with Robin by legendary club owner and impresario Tony Moore on Soho Radio London August 2014. Listen here
Bionic post script post script
You know when you live in another country for a while you do become a slightly different variant of your domestic self. Diferent parts of your makeup take centre stage. In Paris I feel entirely creative and cool. I have no business hat to wear. Read more ...
Gerry Dale and Robin Millar’s extraordinary brilliant Snap Dragon Tripper Professional folding self-tuning electric guitar! For more details click here.
Watch the 'Introduction to the Snap Dragon Professional Tripper' video below.
To hear a sample of TOSO's unique classic cool DJ set and Robin's live guitar visit http://snd.sc/oEW65a
Robin giving an LCM Masterclass. View the video here.
Listen to the Podcast 'Head to Head' with Robin on Disability Now's website.
To book Robin for motivational speaking, high level mentoring or just for fun, adventure and anecdotes of his life with the rich, famous and bizarre, contact Tracie Evans - Click here for more info and to see testimonials.