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Judge Smith Curly's Airships

CURLY'S AIRSHIPS is an epic work of words and music about the R.101 airship disaster of 1930, written in a new form of narrative rock music called songstory.

This double...

Judge Smith Orfeas Songstory

Judge Smith was a founder member of Van Der Graaf Generator in 1967 along with Peter Hammill. Judge however left before the band’s first album.  Judge went on to front his own band befor...

GONZO MAGAZINE #43: Jon talks to Judge Smith

I think regular readers of this august periodical will know by now that I am really rather fond of Judge Smith. The other day I interviewed him, supposedly about his really rather spiffing ne...

GONZO WEEKLY #89: Judy Dyble

Judy Dyble is really one of those legendary performers who very nearly achieved Syd Barrett status.  As her self-written biography sheet reads:

Born in 1949 when rationing was still pa...

GONZO WEEKLY #99: Jon meets Judge Smith and Edgar Allan Poe

For those of you who don’t know, the opera The Fall of the House of Usher by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith has a long and complicated history.  Wikipedia may not be the most reliable sou...

Gonzo Weekly #126: Colin Watkeys interview

About six months ago we covered a story about theatre director Colin Watkeys imagining of the opera Fall of the House of Usher by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith. Perforce it was a cut down version, ...


I remember exactly where I was when I first heard of Judge Smith. I was sitting in the car park behind what is now Chope’s department store in Bideford High Street. I had just bought a copy o...

GONZO MAGAZINE #257: Jon meets Judge Smith

I am very fond of Judge Smith. He has had one of the most peculiar career arcs of anybody I know.

At university, in the mid-1960s, together with Peter Hammill, he formed the notoriously spi...

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Judge Smith Releases His Third Songstory Album Orfeas In March
Founder Member of Van Der Graaf Generatgor Judge Smith Releases His Third Songstory Album Orfeas Through Gonzo In March Read More

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Judge Smith Biography

Christopher John Judge Smith (born 1948), is an English songwriter, composer and performer, and a founder member of progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. Initially working under the name Chris Judge Smith, he has been known simply as Judge Smith since 1994. After Van der Graaf Generator, he has written songs, stage musicals and operas, and from the early 1990s on he has released a number of solo CDs, including three Songstories.

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