Heath Common is a songwriter, poet and performance-artist from northern England. He began his musical career playing in New York City with Robert Lockwood and Johnny Shines the stepson and close friend, respectively, of the legendary blues musician, Robert Johnson. Following this, Heath Common worked with and was greatly influenced by many major figures in the New York Art Rock scene of the 1980s and early 1990s. Subsequently, Heath Common formed a duo with the Thin Man before both men went on to work with a diverse number of musicians ranging from the guitarist John Fahey to the British indie act, The Rhythm Sisters. Heath Common continues to work closely with many of the surviving figures from the Beat Movement and he is a published poet.