Randall Bewley

Post-punk, Musical Artist

1955 – 2009


Who was Randall Bewley?

Randall "Randy" Bewley was the guitarist for the Athens, Georgia band Pylon. Born in Bradenton, Florida, United States. He lived in Sarasota, Florida, Washington, DC and near Atlanta, Georgia while growing up. Bewley attended the University of Georgia art school where he met Michael Lachowski, a fellow art student. They became roommates and decided to form a band. He and Lachowski, along with fellow art students Vanessa Briscoe Hay and Curtis Crowe, formed the band, Pylon, having their first performance in 1979. On their first trip to New York City, they were written up in Interview Magazine.

Bewley was a very influential guitarist and used the guitar to create not just notes, but interesting sounds as well. Pylon recorded three albums, three singles and one EP. Pylon has opened for U2, R.E.M., the B-52's, the Talking Heads and Gang of Four. Pylon broke up twice, but reunited and had been playing occasional shows. Pylon's first album Gyrate was re-issued in October 2007 by DFA records. Chomp was reissued in 2009.

Bewley was an art teacher for a while, but towards the end of his life devoted more time to his music and his own art.

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Jul 25, 1955
  • University of Georgia
Feb 25, 2009

on July 23, 2013


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