Publishes his autobiography What's Welsh for Zen, co-written with Victor Bockris. The book is designed and illustrated by Dave McKean.
To promote the book he tours Europe with the John Cale trio (with Mark Deffenbaugh & Lance Doss, starting at St Davids Hall, Cardiff - January 16.
He does a series of readings from the book, presented in conjunction with US DJ Adam Dorn culminating in a series of four multimedia events London's Institute of Contemporary Arts called Dead Agents.
Dead Agents is a four day mixed-media presentation at London's ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) - (April 24/26/27/28). It includes live footage of the John Cale Trio in Prague, an exhibition of b&w photos taken by Eve Vermandel, readings by Cale from his autobiography What's Welsh For Zen, a collaboration with American DJ Adam Dorn, and readings of selected lyrics from his back catalogue. The new piece Dead Agents is based on the book Between Silk and Cyanide by former Special Operations Executive (SOE) Leo Marks. Astrid Williamson handled the backing vocals for Dead Agents. Each night ended with the screening of a film.
Compose the soundtrack for Die Jungfrau (aka "The Virgin") by Austrian director Diego Donnhofer.
In April Cale's settings for three poems by Dylan Thomas are performed at the Flux Festival, Edinburgh: If I Were Tickled by the Rub of Love, In My Craft or Sullen Art and Lament.
Island releases another compilation album: Close Watch - An Introduction To John Cale. All the tracks are remastered.
Roddy Frame covers Thoughtless Kind on his cdep Sister Shadow.
Plays sonics on Jack Smith's Silent Shadows on Cinemaroc Island album. The sessions for this album were in 1962-1964.
Alejandro Escovedo covers Amsterdam on his Bourbonitis Blues album.
Swiss rock group The Raymen cover Buffalo Ballet on their Lucifer's Right Hand Men album.
English group Dream City Film Club cover (I Keep A) Close Watch on their Stranger Blues album.
Produces desert station frequency, an album by the American band Ventilator. Evan Blackstone on how he got in touch with Cale
"Unbeknown to me, a mutual friend in the UK had sent John a CD of various sketches and raw tracks Ventilator had been workin on. I got home one afternoon to find a message on my recorder. 'Evan, this is John Cale. I really like what you guys do and I think we shoud chat.' I waited a day or so trying to compose myself, then made the call. We spent about an hou on the phone discusssing my abstract way of recording with unconventional instruments."
No King is included on the Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006 compilation album (2012).
Cover of Leonard Cohen's So Long, Marianne on the folk tribute album Bleecker Street-Greenwich Village in a duet with Suzanne Vega.
Release of Le Vent de la Nuit soundtrack.
Directed by Phillipe Garrel. Starring Catherine Deneuve.