Robert Quine

Robert Quine

American guitarist.
Date of Birth: 30.12.1942
Country: USA

  1. Robert Quine: An American Guitarist
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. The Quine Tapes and The Velvet Underground
  4. Collaborations and Solo Work
  5. Later Years and Tragic End

Robert Quine: An American Guitarist

Robert Quine, born on December 30, 1942, in Akron, Ohio, was an American guitarist who gained attention for his innovative guitar solos. He was the nephew of philosopher W.V. Quine and the cousin of Dan Auerbach, the guitarist and vocalist of the rock band "The Black Keys."

Robert Quine

Early Life and Career

After completing his studies at Earlham College in 1965, Quine earned a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. However, he never practiced law. In the 1967-1968 semester, Quine was accepted into the Berklee School of Music.

Robert Quine

The Quine Tapes and The Velvet Underground

In 1969, Quine participated in a series of cassette recordings of live performances by "The Velvet Underground." These recordings were officially released in 2001 as "Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes" on the Polydor Records label. Despite the less-than-ideal sound quality, the album was significant in the band's history. Quine wrote in the album's liner notes: "As a guitarist, I derived immense pleasure and inspiration from these performances. It was a pivotal moment in shaping the musical direction I aspired to."

Robert Quine

Collaborations and Solo Work

Quine collaborated with several musicians throughout his career, although he remained relatively unknown compared to many of them. He worked successfully with artists such as Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Lloyd Cole, Jody Harris, Canadian alternative rock band "Odds," and more.

Quine joined Richard Hell's new band, "The Voidoids," and recorded two albums with them. Critics praised Quine's exceptional skills but felt he was underappreciated. After the breakup of "The Voidoids," Quine recorded tracks with Lydia Lunch, Jody Harris, and the band "Material."

In 1981, Quine released his only solo album, "Basic," in collaboration with Fred Maher, a member of "Material." During the early 1980s, he also joined Lou Reed's band and contributed to the recording of Reed's acclaimed album "The Blue Mask" in 1982. The guitar work of Reed and Quine intertwined and blurred the lines between rhythm and lead guitar.

Later Years and Tragic End

Quine continued to work with various musicians in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which helped increase his recognition. He contributed to "They Might be Giants" album "John Henry" and collaborated with Lloyd Cole and Matthew Sweet.

Tragically, Quine never fully recovered from the death of his wife, Alice, in August 2003. On May 31, 2004, he tragically took his own life through a heroin overdose at his home in New York City. His contributions to the music industry and his innovative guitar playing are still remembered and celebrated today.