"Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill" (born 5 November, 1948) is an English singer-songwriter, and a founder member of progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. Most noted for his vocal abilities, his main instruments are guitar and piano. He also acts as a record producer for his own recordings, and occasionally for other artists.
Peter Hammill was born in Ealing, west London, and moved with his family to Derby when he was 12http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/music/features/article44837.ece. He attended Beaumont College, Old Windsor, and Manchester University, where he studied Liberal Studies in Science.
Hammill's solo career began with ''Fool's Mate'' (1971), while Van der Graaf Generator were still active. To some extent it is difficult to separate Hammill's solo work during the 1970s from his work with the band, as he tended to be credited as the sole songwriter on the majority of the songs included on the band's albums, whilst conversely many of his "solo" albums feature all the members of Van der Graaf Generator playing on the recordings – the difference between the two scenarios seemed primarily to be who was paying for the sessions. In general, however, solo Hammi...