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