First for music news
This Week's Issue
You’re logged in

NME Blogs - The Big Picture

Blur And Beyond - Damon Albarn's Career In Photos

By Luke Lewis

Posted on 22 Feb 12

 
 

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



Photo: Getty

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



Photo: Press

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



Photo: Perou/NME

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



Photo: Getty

In an East London cafe in 1992. Photo: Getty



Photo: Andrew Whitton/NME

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



Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

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





Blur


Subscribe to NME here, or get this week's digital issue for your iPad, laptop or home computer.

 
 
 
Comments

Please login to add your comment.