John Cale
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale

Timeline: 1960


School Days at Goldsmiths' Teachers' College

Studies musicology at Goldsmiths' College, London from 1960 to 1963.

"I didnít get the grades enough to go into university so I just got the best I could. I really persuaded the deputy warden in an interview that Goldsmiths was the right thing for me. I really wanted to be a composer and they gave me the opportunity."

He went for a visit in 2003:

"I did go down to Goldsmiths and I thought my God nothing has changed. I mean the traffic is still shit. The way the whole convergence outside the building and everything else. The womenís dorm is gone which is a crying shame... I used to run upstairs up to the art department all the time. It was a lot of fun. They were all wearing mini skirts and you know, all the action was upstairs in the art department. I mean youíre around all these different kind of influences."

From London to NYC:

"I decided to go to college in London only as a step towards New York. I could see very little worth exploring in Britain, but in London, I thought, I would find out how to get to New York."

© 1999- Hans Werksman