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HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 21: Beck performs during the 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert an Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks at Dolby Theatre on April 21, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)



-He’s been recovering from a pretty serious spinal chord injury; it was so bad he says he wrote his 2008 album Modern Guilt on a toy guitar because it made holding an instrument extremely painful.

-Beck said in a 1994 Rolling Stone interview that a year before “Loser” was huge he was living in a shed with a bunch of rats behind a house in Downtown LA with zero possibilities. He was working at a video store doing things like alphabetizing the pornography section

-He’s married to Marissa Ribisi who is Cynthia Dunn from Dazed & Confused. Marissa is the twin sister of Giovanni Ribisi. Their son was delivered by Beck’s mother for minimum wage.

-Beck once said the first record he ever bought may have been the soundtrack to the Olivia Newton-John movie Xanadu.

-His first public performances were on the bus. He said he’d get on the bus and start playing Mississippi John Hurt with improvised lyrics while some drunk guy would yell at him calling him Axl Rose.

-His dad is a composer from Toronto that has worked on hundreds of soundtracks and albums, including Muse, Linkin Park, Green Day and Radiohead.

-Beck’s dad David Richard Campbell played the viola and arranged some strings on his 1999 album Midnight Vultures. He also arranged the strings on Sea Change in 2002 and did the same for Morning Phase.

-Beck was born Bek David Campbell to Canadian-composer David Campell and actress/musician Bibbe Hansen.

-Although his Catholic grandparents helped raise him, Beck and his father are devout Scientologists.

-When young Beck turned 10, his parents parted ways, and his mother raised him in Los Angeles. At 16 years of age, he owned a guitar and used it to play out there as a street musician. At first, he developed a liking for folk music before later switching to hip hop.

-Bong Load Custom Records discovered Beck’s talents in 1991. He wanted to bring in a new style of music by incorporating hip-hop beats into the rock music he was singing. A year later he recorded with Calvin Johnson and Karl Stephenson for a single named “MTV Makes Me Want To Smoke Crack” which was released in 1992.

-Beck received two Grammies in 1997. One was Best Rock Vocal Performance for “Where It’s At.” The other was Best Alternative Music Performance – Odelay. Three years later, he received another Grammy for his album Mutations









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