Ian Brown

Ian George Brown (born 20 February 1963 in Warrington) is an English musician, best known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Stone Roses, which broke up in 1996 but are, since 2012, reunited and touring again. Since the break-up of the Stone Roses he has led a successful solo career. His latest studio album My Way was released on 28 September 2009. Brown was born in Warrington, England in 1963. His father, George, was a joiner and his mother Jean worked as a receptionist in a paper factory. When he was 5, Brown's family, including a brother and sister, moved to Timperley, Altrincham. He was educated at Park Road County Primary Infant and Junior School and then Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. His interest in music was inspired by the punk movement, specifically the bands Sex Pistols, The Clash and Manchester band Slaughter & The Dogs. Brown and original Stone Roses bassist Pete Garner attended the recording of the Clash single "Bankrobber" in Manchester. Brown's music career began in 1980, playing bass guitar in band with John Squire and Simon Wolstencroft. They eventually became The Patrol, with Andy Couzens on vocals.

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