E . Phil Manzanera
31/1/51: Born in London; real name: Phillip Targett-Adams.
1957: Goes to school in Cuba.
1960: Moves to various countries with his parents and
lives in Hawaii and Venezuela.
Buys his first guitar and learns how to play it. Picks up different
styles from the countries he lives in.
1966: Visits Dulwich College, London. Learns to play
drums and bass, also tries to sing.
1967: Forms Pooh And The Ostrich Feathers with Bill
MacCormick, Charles Hayward and Davyd Allen. The music they play
is influenced by Frank Zappa, Soft Machine and Velvet Underground.
1969: Leaves school and turns down going to university
in favour of becoming a full time player. Pooh are renamed Quiet
Sun and record some demos for Warner Brothers.
1969 - 70: Plays clubs and colleges with Robert Wyatt's
Symbiosis; later works at Clarkson's Travel Agency.
1971: Meets Ferry, Eno and Mackay, auditions for the
job as guitarist, fails, but is kept as recording assistant and
tour manager. Gets the job, when David O'List quits.
1974: Co-produces Brian Eno's "Taking Tiger Mountain",
John Cale's "Fear" and plays on Nico's "The End".
Summer 75: Releases solo LP "Diamond Head" and
"Mainstream" with the reformed Quiet Sun plus Eno.
1976: Forms 801 together with Brian Eno, Bill MacCormick,
Francis Monkman, Simon Phillips and Lloyd Watson.
Produces Split Enz' "Mental Notes".
Plays on Robert Wyatt's "Ruth is Stranger Than Richard".
September 76: Three live dates with 801 at Reading Festival
and other locations. The third date is recorded live and released
as "801 Live" later in the year.
Winter 76: Works with Stomu Yamash'ta on the "GO"
project, which is performed live on several dates in several European
1977: Joins Bryan Ferry on his World Tour as guitarist
together with Chris Spedding.
Second 801 Tour, records "Listen Now" with a reformed
1978: Starts building his own Gallery Studio.Releases
"K-Scope" as third solo LP, forms Band with Godley and
Creme "Gcm", which does not play any live dates or release
any recordings under that name, although Phil Manzanera appears
on 3 tracks on "Freeze Frame" by Godley & Creme,
which may have been recorded by this band.
1981: Releases "Primitive Guitar" solo LP.
February 84: Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera form "The
Explorers" together with James Wraith.
Spring 84: Recording sessions with The Explorers in Barbados
June 84: "Lorelei", the first Explorers single
October 84: Release of "Falling For Nightlife/Crack
December 84: First Explorers' gig, BBC Radio One "In
Early 85: Explorers release "Two Worlds Apart".
May & June 85: UK Tour, The Explorers release their first
LP. Single: "Venus De Milo".
Summer 85: A few European tour dates and a Tommy Vance Radio
Session by The Explorers.
October 85: Works on second Explorers LP at Gallery Studios.
1986: As the Explorers do not have any commercial success
at all, the second LP, which has been recorded throughout the
year, never sees the light of day. The Explorers disband in 1986.
Records an LP with John Wetton "WettonManzanera".
June 86: Performs live with John Wetton, Lloyd George,
Don Airey and Carl Palmer at "JB's" in Dudley (June
3) and the "Marquee" in London (June 4 & 5). The
gig was for the "Musical Therapy N. R. M. T. C. 1986".
1987: Records an LP with italian pop artist Alice.
July 88: Plays at the second night of Fife Aid with Orchestra
Winter 1988: The track "Sphinx" is included on the
"Guitar Speak" LP on Miles Copeland's "No Speak"
April & May 89: Tours Europe with "The Night Of The
Guitar" Tour, together with Robbie Krieger, Randy California,
Leslie West, Pete Haycock, Jan Akkermann, Ted Turner, Andy Powell,
Steve Hunter, etc. Plays three songs of his own and "All
Along The Watchtower" with Randy California.