Christopher Blenkinsop (born 7 March 1963) is an English-German writer, composer, musician and producer, and a member of the band 17 Hippies.
Born in Manila (Philippines) to an English mother and German father, Blenkinsop led a nomadic existence throughout his childhood living in Cairo, Teheran, Singapore, Jakarta, before his family finally settled in then West Germany in the late 1970s, where he finished high school.
As a member of a musical family, Blenkinsop was given classical music training from a young age. However, when his mother died when he was 14, he "stopped all classical music ... let [his] hair grow long and started playing bass in rock bands." Nevertheless, his strong musical foundation meant that he found he was able to play other instruments with ease and so became a popular stand in musician for bands.
"People would often say, 'You sit in with this band and play whatever is needed'. I played clarinet in one band, accordion in another. I played in a pick-up band for US artists touring in Europe - we did acoustic or electric set-ups where I played guitar, or bass or piano."
He is a composer for theatre and film music, and presently co-founder and musical head of the Berlin based band 17 Hippies. Blenkinsop currently lives in Berlin, Germany.
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