Claude Bessy (singer)
Bessy left the United States in November 1980. moving with his lifelong partner Philomena Winstanley to England where he landed a job as a press officer at Rough Trade record label, where he championed American groups such as Gun Club and Panther Burns.
In 1982 Bessy was hired as the resident VJ at The Haçienda in Manchester. He went on to produce music videos and films for The Virgin Prunes, The Fall and William S. Burroughs, and work with Factory Records' Ikon FCL video label, producing a Christmas Factory Records video trailer Bessy Talks Turkey.
Bessy returned to London where he worked for Forbidden Planet and wrote record sleeve notes. He contributed vocals to records by Sonic Youth, Howard Devoto, Wire's Graham Lewis and trumpeter Marc Cunningham.
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