Blur And Beyond – Damon Albarn’s Career In Photos

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In the week they won the Brit for Outstanding Contribution To Music and made their upteenth NME cover, here’s a look back at the extraordinarily prolific and varied career of Damon Albarn, as told via the medium of bloody loads of lovely photos.
Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME
Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME
Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

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Performing at the 2012 Brits ceremony, aided by Phil Daniels and a spectacular stage show. Photo: Getty

Photo: PA
An early shot at the dawn of Britpop, taken in 1991. Photo: PA

Photo: Retna
At the height of their fame, around the time of ‘The Great Escape’ in 1995. Photo: Retna

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Damon jamming with musicians from Mali, in 2002. He would soon release his ‘Mali Music’ project. Photo: Press

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME
A reunited Blur play the T In The Park festival in 2009. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Photo: Retna
Cheers! Alex and Damon at the height of their champagne guzzling, Britpop fame. Photo: Retna

Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME
Getting into the T In The Park in the spirit. From 2009. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Photo: Retna
“And when he woke up he was a Britpop king.” Photo: Retna

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Damon in Mali in 2002 for his Mali Music project. Photo: Perou/NME

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In an East London cafe in 1992. Photo: Getty

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Backstage with Mr Snoop Dogg at Glastonbury, 2010. Photo: Andrew Whitton/NME

Photo: Andrew Whitton/NME
Damon hits the Glastonbury stage for Gorillaz’ headlining slot, in 2010. Photo: Andrew Whitton/NME

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME
Graham greets the fans at the NME Awards in 2012. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME
Backstage after a Horrors gig. Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME
At London’s Roundhouse for the Gorillaz opera. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Photo: David Ellis/NME
Taken for an NME feature in 2003 at London’s Astoria during rehearsal time. Photo: David Ellis/NME

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME
In a west London rehearsal space in Latimer Road, the week before the Monkey: Journey To The West opera opened in Manchester. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Photo: PA
The band pick up a Brit Award in 1995. Photo: PA

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In Benicassim with Gorillaz in 2010. Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME
“Oh Paul, you are awful!” Weller and Damon at the 2010 NME Awards. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Photo: PA
A squeaky clean Damon from 1991. Photo: PA

Photo: Retna
Damon playing with Mali musicians Bassekou Kouyate and Toumani Diabati at the Africa Now concert in 2008. Photo: Retna

Photo: Pennie Smith/Press
Reunited (in 2009) and it feels so good! Photo: Pennie Smith/Press

Photo: Danny North/NME
Another one from T In The Park. Photo: Danny North/NME

Photo: Ellis Parrinder/NME
Damon and Paul Simonon during the Good, The Bad And The Queen period. Photo: Ellis Parrinder/NME

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME
Looking pretty cool, during a soundcheck for the Gorillaz Roundhouse show. Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

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