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Antony Hegarty


Antony Hegarty Antony Hegarty

Antony in 2010 Born

1971 (age 39–40)Chichester, England



Alma mater

University of California Santa Cruz



Known for

Antony and the Johnsons Hercules and Love Affair

Influenced by Nina Simone Website Antony and the Johnsons


Antony Hegarty (born 1971) (often referred to mononymously as Antony) is an English-born singer-songwriter, composer, playwright, director and visual artist, best known as the lead singer of the dark cabaret band Antony and the Johnsons.

Biography Antony Hegarty was born in Chichester[2] West Sussex, UK in 1971. In 1977, his family moved to Amsterdam for a year,[3] and then in 1981 they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area of California where he grew up. As a teenager, he was influenced by British synth pop – in particular singers such as Marc Almond, Alison Moyet and Boy George, and was also strongly influenced by underground stars Diamanda Galas, Rozz Williams, Divine and Klaus Nomi and American singers including Nina Simone, Otis Redding, and Donny Hathaway. In 1990, Antony moved to Manhattan to attend the Experimental Theatre Wing of New York University, and founded the performance collective Blacklips with creative partner Johanna Constantine. He spent the next several years singing in afterhours bars and clubs using pre-recorded cassettes as self-accompaniment as well as writing and directing late night theatre productions.

Antony Hegarty Hegarty identifies as transgender,[4] [5] saying, "I don't identify as a man. I identify as transgender.[6] He is attracted to men.[7]

Antony and the Johnsons After being awarded a grant from New York Foundation for the Arts for the 1996 production of "The Birth of Anne Frank/The Ascension of Marsha P. Johnson" at Performance Space 122, Antony solicited accompanying musicians to record a number of songs he wrote in the early 1990s. The ensemble performed for the first time as "Antony and the Johnsons" at The Kitchen as part of William Basinski's installation "Life on Mars" in 1997. In 1999, the group began to perform more frequently at venues such as Joe's Pub and The Knitting Factory in New York City. British experimental musician David Tibet of Current 93 heard the recording and offered to release it through his Durtro record label; the debut album, Antony and the Johnsons, was released in 2000. In 2001, Antony released a follow-up EP through Durtro, I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy, which, in addition to the title track, included a cover of a David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti song "Mysteries of Love", and a Current 93 song, "Soft Black Stars". Antony and the Johnsons' 2005 album I Am a Bird Now featured guest performances by Lou Reed, Boy George, Rufus Wainwright and Devendra Banhart. The album was released in North America by Secretly Canadian Records and in Europe by Rough Trade. It received considerable praise and won the UK's prestigious Mercury Prize[8] and was named Album of the Year by Mojo magazine. The band toured North America, Europe, Australia and parts of South America for a year and a half in support of I am a Bird Now. The song "Bird Gerhl" was featured in the soundtrack for the movie V for Vendetta. Antony and the Johnsons collaborated with experimental film maker Charles Atlas and presented TURNING in Nov 2006 in Rome, London, Paris, Madrid, and Braga. The concert featured live video portraits of some of New York City's most enigmatic women. The Guardian called the piece "fragile, life affirming, and truly wonderful (five stars)"[9] Le Monde in Paris hailed TURNING as "Concert-manifeste transsexuel." Antony and the Johnsons' 5-song Another World EP was released on October 7, 2008. Antony and the Johnsons' third album, The Crying Light, was released on January 19, 2009. The album peaked at number 1 on the European Billboard charts.[10] Antony has described the theme of the album as being "about landscape and the future."[11] The album was mixed by Bryce Goggin and includes arrangements by Nico Muhly. Ann Powers wrote of The Crying Light for the LA Times online, "it's the most personal environmentalist statement possible, making an unforeseen connection between queer culture's identity politics and the green movement. As music, it's simply exquisite -- more controlled and considered than anything Antony and the Johnsons have done and sure to linger in the minds of listeners."[12] After touring throughout North America and Europe in support of their new album, Antony and the Johnsons presented a unique staging of "The Crying Light" with the Manchester Camerata at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009 Manchester International Festival.[13] The concert hall was transformed into a crystal cave filled with laser effects created by installation artist Chris Levine. Antony and the Johnsons have gone on to present concerts with symphonies across Europe in Summer 2009, including the Opera Orchestra of Lyon, the Metropole Orchestra, Roma Sinfonietta and the Montreux Jazz Festival Orchestra. At Salle Playel in Paris, Antony appeared in a costume designed by Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy.[14]

Musical collaborations


Antony Hegarty






Live at St. Olaves

split EP with Current 93


"Perfect Day"

The Raven

Lou Reed


"Candy Says"

Animal Serenade

Lou Reed


"A Little Bit of Time"

Red Tape



"Old Whore's Diet"

Want Two

Rufus Wainwright


"Beautiful Boyz"

Noah's Ark



"Happy Xmas (War is over)" with Boy George

Help!: A Day in the Life

War Child album


"Idumea" / "The Beautiful Dancing Dust"

Black Ships Ate the Sky

Current 93


Little Annie


The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast



Real Life

Joan as Policewoman


Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

Leonard Cohen tribute


Dial 0

My Robot Friend


Trouble: The Jamie Saft Trio Plays Bob Dylan

Jamie Saft Trio


"Lowlands Low"

Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys

Bryan Ferry


"Leave Her Johnny"

Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys

Lou Reed


Speaks Volumes

Nico Muhly





"The Ballad of the Sad Young Men"

Stardom Road

Marc Almond



Versatile Heart

Linda Thompson


I'm Not There



The Snow Abides

Michael Cashmore



53 Sound


Easy Come, Easy Go

Marianne Faithfull


Was muss muss

Herbert Grönemeyer


split 7" single

Reverend Green


Dark Was The Night

charity album





Lavazza campaign

with The Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra


"Stranger Perfumes" & "Another Day In America"


Laurie Anderson







[15] [16]


Songs from the Coalmine Canary

"Semen Song for James Bidgood" "I Defy" "If It Be Your Will" "One More Try" "Living The Blues"

"Keep in Touch" "The Dull Flame of Desire" / "My Juvenile"

"Knocking on Heaven's Door"


all "God With No Tear" "Ooh Baby Baby" "Will I Ever Learn" "Be Good To Earth This Season" w/Kría Brekkan "I Was Young When I Left Home" "Forgiveness" "Nessun Dorma"

In addition to Antony and the Johnsons, Antony occasionally collaborates with other musicians. In 2003, he began working with Lou Reed as a supporting vocalist on the Animal Serenade tour and performed on a number of tracks

Antony Hegarty on Reed's album The Raven. He sang back up (with Sharon Jones and a children's choir) in Lou Reed's first full performance of his album Berlin at St Ann's Warehouse in NYC in December 2006 and at The State Theatre in Sydney, Australia in January 2007. Hegarty sang "If It Be Your Will" as a part of Hal Willner's Came So Far For Beauty concerts at the Sydney Opera House in 2005; this performance was later featured in the film Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, a tribute to Leonard Cohen. In 2006, he collaborated with Icelandic musician Björk in recording sessions in Jamaica and Iceland. The songs, "The Dull Flame of Desire" and "My Juvenile" were featured on her 2007 album Volta. The two also sang the songs in duet at several of Björk's concerts, including London, Reykjavík and New York. Later in 2006 he co-produced Songs from the Coalmine Canary by Little Annie, also playing piano, singing backup vocals, and co-writing several songs on the album. The song "Strangelove", co-written by Hegarty and Little Annie, was used as the soundtrack for Levi's "Dangerous Liaisons" advertising campaign in 2007, garnering several awards, including the Cannes Lions – International Advertising Festival, 2007 (Bronze Lion) for "Best Use of Music".[18] In 2008, Antony was featured on five tracks from the self-titled disco album Hercules and Love Affair, most notably on "Blind",[19] which was voted best track of 2008 by Pitchfork Media[20] and ranked at number 2 on the "10 Best Singles of 2008" list by American magazine Entertainment Weekly.[21] Antony worked with Bernard Butler on some acoustic sessions for the radio station XFM.[22] In June 2009, he appeared live with Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band at Ornette Coleman's Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall, singing Ono's "Toyboat".[23] In the same year, he collaborated with Bryce Dessner on the Bob Dylan song "I Was Young When I Left Home" for the AIDS benefit album Dark Was the Night, produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Film and television • • • • • • • • •

Appears in Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory (2000) singing "Rapture" Performs "I Fell in Love With a Dead Boy" in the French film Wild Side (2004)[24] Featured singing "If It Be Your Will" in the documentary, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005) "Hope There's Someone" in the movie The Secret Life of Words (2005) The song "Bird Gerhl" plays on the jukebox while Evey and V dance in V for Vendetta (2006) "Hope There's Someone" in the Torchwood episode, "Random Shoes" (2006) "River of Sorrow" in the "Bones" episode, "The He in the She" (2008) "Del suo veloce volo" in "Fleurs 2" by Franco Battiato (Universal, November 2008) Featured on the soundtrack of the Bob Dylan biographical film biopic I'm Not There singing Knocking on Heaven's Door.[17] • "Hope there's someone" plays during the end sequence of episode 8 of the first season of the crime drama series Saving Grace

Other projects In July 2008, Antony debuted a number of self-produced visual artworks in a Brussels exhibition curated by Jerome Sans. Working with longtime collaborator/photographer Don Felix Cervantes and adviser Joie Iacono, He went on to have solo exhibitions at Isis Gallery in London and Accademia Albertina in Turin, Italy. In April 2009, he curated an exhibition entitled "6 Eyes" at the Agnes B. Galerie Du Jour in Paris. In this exhibition he drew connections between his own work and the work of artists Peter Hujar, Kiki Smith, Barbara Cummard, Alice O'Malley, James Elaine and William Basinski. This was the first time the work of Peter Hujar had ever been exhibited in France. In 2007, Antony created an original soundtrack for a video by Nick Knight featuring the designs of Hussein Chalayan. He collaborated in 2008 with Prada to create a song called "The Great White Ocean" for their promotional campaign. In 2009, he appeared as a muse of Riccardo Tisci and Givenchy in Dazed & Confused and L'Uomo Vogue.


Antony Hegarty

References [1] http:/ / www. antonyandthejohnsons. com/ [2] Hodgman, John (2005-09-04). "Antony Finds His Voice" (http:/ / www. nytimes. com/ 2005/ 09/ 04/ magazine/ 04ANTONY. html). The New York Times Magazine. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [3] Audio interview on [[Fresh Air (http:/ / www. npr. org/ templates/ story/ story. php?storyId=100162285)] with Terry Gross, via NPR 2-3-09.] [4] Hrabi, Dale (2009 April). "And on a Lighter Note" (http:/ / www. advocate. com/ Arts_and_Entertainment/ Music/ And_on_a_Lighter_Note/ ). The Advocate. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [5] http:/ / www. thefader. com/ 2009/ 02/ 10/ wildly-abstract-and-constantly-oblique-an-interview-with-antony-hegarty/ [6] http:/ / curate. tumblr. com/ post/ 338805207/ an-interview-with-antony-hegarty [7] http:/ / www. divamag. co. uk/ diva/ features. asp?AID=360 [8] "Antony and Johnsons win Mercury" (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ 2/ hi/ entertainment/ 4217140. stm). BBC News. 2005-09-07. . Retrieved 2010-04-25. [9] Gittins, Ian (2006-11-07). "Turning, Barbican, London" (http:/ / www. guardian. co. uk/ music/ 2006/ nov/ 07/ 2). The Guardian. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [10] Sexton, Paul (2009-01-29). "Antony Lights Up Euro Albums Chart" (http:/ / www. billboard. biz/ bbbiz/ content_display/ industry/ e3i6229a90fa9a407c3cf06c569aeeeb2d5). Billboard. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [11] Lindsay, Cam (2008-05-22). "New Antony and the Johnsons Album out in September" (http:/ / www. exclaim. ca/ articles/ generalarticlesynopsfullart. aspx?csid2=844& fid1=31459& csid1=0/ ). Exclaim!. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [12] Powers, Ann (2009-01-20). "Album review: Antony and the Johnsons' 'The Crying Light'" (http:/ / latimesblogs. latimes. com/ music_blog/ antony_and_the_johnsons/ ). LA Times. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [13] Hall, Risa (2009-07-06). "Antony and the Johnsons: review" (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ local/ manchester/ hi/ people_and_places/ arts_and_culture/ newsid_8136000/ 8136493. stm). BBC News. . Retrieved 2010-04-25. [14] "Tisci and Antony... Michael Jackson Crystallized... Lucy Liu Around Town..." (http:/ / www. wwd. com/ fashion-news/ fashion-scoops/ tisci-and-antony-michael-jackson-crystallized-lucy-liu-around-town-2188106?src=rss/ recentstories/ 20090625#/ article/ fashion-news/ fashion-scoops/ tisci-and-antony-michael-jackson-crystallized-lucy-liu-around-town-2188106?page=1). Women's Wear Daily. 2009-06-25. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [15] Matthew Johnson (February 25, 2007). "Ghosts of Old New York" (http:/ / www. regenmag. com/ Interviews-167-Little-Annie. html). ReGen Magazine. . Retrieved 4 August 2010. [16] "Little Annie, Songs from the Coal Mine Canary" (http:/ / www. brainwashed. com/ index. php?option=com_content& view=article& id=4866:little-annie-qsongs-from-the-coal-mine-canaryq& catid=13:albums-and-singles& Itemid=1). Brainwashed. . Retrieved 4 August 2010. [17] Antony and the Johnsons News (http:/ / www. antonyandthejohnsons. com/ news/ news. html/ ) [18] "my favourite ad: Levi’s Dangerous Liaisons" (http:/ / inthespaceagain. wordpress. com/ 2008/ 05/ 22/ dangerous-liaisons-full/ ). Design is___.. May 22, 2008. . Retrieved 4 August 2010. [19] "Singer Antony & The Johnsons featured on 'Blind' by Hercules and Love Affair" (http:/ / www. side-line. com/ news_comments. php?id=29360_0_2_0_C). Side-Line. 2008-02-19. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [20] "The 100 Best Tracks of 2008" (http:/ / pitchfork. com/ features/ staff-lists/ 7572-the-100-best-tracks-of-2008/ 10/ ). Pitchfork Media. 2008-12-15. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [21] "10 Best Singles of 2008" (http:/ / www. ew. com/ ew/ gallery/ 0,,20162677_20164091_20247335_8,00. html). Entertainment Weekly. 2008-12-18. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [22] "Antony and the Johnsons" (http:/ / www. xfm. co. uk/ article. asp?id=81713). . Retrieved 2010 September 12. [23] "Ono's Supergroup" (http:/ / www. bbc. co. uk/ 6music/ news/ 20090615_yoko_ono. shtml). BBC News. 2009-06-15. . Retrieved 2010-09-12. [24] Holden, Stephen (2005-06-10). "Wild Side (2004): Visions of a Dangerous and Beautiful World" (http:/ / movies. nytimes. com/ 2005/ 06/ 10/ movies/ 10wild. html). New York Times.


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External links Main sites • Antony And The Johnsons ( — official website • Antony And The Johnsons ( / Antony (http:// discographies at Discogs • Antony And The Johnsons ( on Myspace • Antony Hegarty ( at the Internet Movie Database

Others • Erik Steinskog, Voice of Hope: Queer Pop Subjectivities ( #1, 2008 • Oct 2008 Interview ( antony-and-the-johnsons-if-youre-the-singer-youre-the-horse/) with L.A. Record


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antony hegarty  

Known for Antony and the Johnsons Hercules and Love Affair Antony Hegarty Born 1971 (age 39–40)Chichester, England Occupation Singer-songwri...

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