William Bruce Carruthers
Will Carruthers (1967, England) is a musician, poet and novelist, best known for playing bass in the influential alternative rock bands Spiritualized, Spacemen 3 and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. He published several solo-albums, collections of poems and a collection of autobiographical short stories: The Book of Jobs.
He currently resides in seclusion in Croatia, writing his most ambitious work so far: a book of stories concerning his history in the music industry. The rights have been sold to Faber Social (UK & Commonwealth) and Lebowski Publishers (NL).
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Will Carruthers has had a chequered career. Frequently veering from the sublime to the ridiculous and rarely lacking a sense of humour about the whole thing, he has travelled the world performing his “peculiar balancing act between artistic endeavour and hard labour”, often with no safety net.
In his early years, he was the bassist for Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and Spectrum, three bands who were among the most influential rock outfits of the late 80's and early 90's. If in doubt, look them up and you will find that these pioneers of drone rock influenced everyone from Nirvana to Daft Punk aad My bloody valentine, and their their recordings and uncompromising attitudes continue to be a cherished source of inspiration for many of the “new wave of psychedelia” bands that are flourishing today.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Carruthers moved from the success of these bands into a series of back breaking and soul destroying jobs, which he has documented in his most recent book, a collection of short stories called“A book of jobs”. Carruthers made the first one hundred copies by hand at his kitchen table, bindingfourteen of his own original linoleum prints into the books. “It was a lot of work.” he said.
He also made a couple of solo albums that large groups of people mainly failed to give a fuck about. Having more recently played with the notorious Brian Jonestown Massacre and with Icelandic band Dead Skeletons, Carruthers finally started to go deaf and has subsequently decided to give loud music a break for a while, although he does perform occasional solo concerts and readings for largely confused audiences. He published a book of poetry called “a spoon for the air” and has had work featured in the books“One another” by Alisa Resnik, which won the European publishers prize for photography, (which saw his poetry translated into three languages) and in “La part des ombres” by Swiss author Chiara Mechtry-Gonet. He has had a few short stories and essays printed in a couple of magazinesHe lives in Berlin, but would really like to live by the sea, grow peculiar vegetables and keep chickens ….and maybe a goat.