IAN DURY & THE
was an English rock and roll singer-songwriter,
bandleader, artist, and actor who initially rose
to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk
and New Wave era of rock music.
He is best known as founder and lead singer of
the British band Ian Dury and the Blockheads.
Rock & roll has always been populated by
ringe figures, cult artists who managed to
develop a fanatical following because of their
outsized quirks, but few cult rockers have
ever been quite as weird, or beloved, as Ian
Dury. Dury cut a striking figure - he remained
handicapped from a childhood bout with
polio, yet stalked the stage with dynamic
charisma, spitting out music hall numbers and
rockers in his thick Cockney accent.