Frank Turner: ‘Going to Eton got me into punk rock’

Singer says his days as a public schoolboy made him feel 'alienated'

Frank Turner has said he believes his experiences as a schoolboy at the elite private school Eton were key to his becoming a punk rock musician.

The former Million Dead frontman releases his fourth album ‘England Keep My Bones’ on Monday (June 6), which you can hear by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking. He also said he doesn’t believe people should judge his musical output on his educational background.

Speaking to the Guardian, the singer said he would rather people didn’t focus on his public school past. He said: “This is a question that follows me around and I’d really like to lance the boil. I went to a very elite school, sure, but I was on a scholarship: I was a hand-out kid.”

He continued: “Plus, does it really make sense to judge my worth and creative output on a decision that my parents made when I was 12? I felt like a social outcast at Eton and that alienation was definitely why I rushed into punk rock with such enthusiastic abandon.”

The troubadour is currently in the middle of European tour and is also scheduled to play a number of UK festivals later this summer, including Kendal Calling and Reading And Leeds Festivals.