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3×3: Ned Roberts on Big Bird, Berlin, and Bob Dylan

Apr 11, 2017

3x3: Ned Roberts on Big Bird, Berlin, and Bob Dylan

Artist: Ned Roberts
Hometown: London, UK
Latest Album: Outside My Mind
Personal Nicknames: Nedley, Neddy, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.


Just chilling in the back garden with @rebeccacollingwood

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If you had to live the life of a character in a song, which song would you choose?

I’ll say the Jack of Hearts from the long story song “Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts” on Blood on the Tracks. He doesn’t quite get the girl at the end, but he does get the loot. I’ve always pictured it like a scene from Chaplin’s The Gold Rush.

Where would you most like to live or visit that you haven’t yet?

To live, San Francisco or, perhaps, Berlin. To visit, there are still too many continents and countries I’ve yet been to — India, South America. But actually, I think the Lake District is next.

What was the last thing that made you really mad?

The builders drilling and hammering right above my head this morning. Working at 8 in the morning, what is this madness?


That’s the 2nd largest pair of bellows hanging from pub ceiling I’ve ever seen.

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Which Judd is your favorite — Naomi, Wynonna, Ashley, Apatow, or Hirsch?

I confess I had to look them all up, so I’ll have to get back to you on that.

Whose career do you admire the most?

The guy who’s been inside Big Bird for nearly 50 years.

What are you reading right now?

This year, I’m catching up on classics I should have read years ago. So it’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which to the surprise of absolutely no one, is really quite brilliant. I also just finished The Touchstone by Edith Wharton.


Broadway market putting on a big one.

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Are you an introvert or an extrovert?


Whiskey, water, or wine?

Whiskey, then wine, then water. Reverse the process in the morning.

Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram?

I use them all for music, but I’m actually partial to Instagram …

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3x3: Ned Roberts on Big Bird, Berlin, and Bob Dylan