The Phantom Troubadour

Surprisingly, for a burly, blunt-talking child of the London slums, Guitarist-Lutanist Julian Bream seems to have eardrums as fragile as orchid petals. What he calls the "bloody row and chaos" of contemporary life-jangling telephones, whirring machinery, blaring car horns-can make him physically ill. He has been known to get off elevators before arriving at his floor because he found the "treacly tripe" of Muzak so grating. Dubbed "the Phantom" by musician friends because of his penchant for withdrawing into secluded rooms to...

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