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