Henry Cow was an English avant-garde rock group, founded at Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists FredFrithand Tim
Hodgkinson. An inherent anti-commercial bias kept them at arm’s length from the mainstream musicbusiness,enabling them to experiment at
will. They remained in existence for 10 years, breaking up in 1978, and produced abody ofmusic that was challenging, provocative and
influential for years to come. Collaborations with the similarly-minded bandSlappHappy led to an eventual merging of the two bands. Many of
the members continued on as Art Bears. Henry Cow wasamongthe founding members of the movement dubbed Rock in Opposition (RIO).