In the sixties, he was part of the celebrated pop group the Walker Brothers - known as America's Beatles - but he rebelled against stardom and fled to a monastery before going solo. Since then, 'pop's own Salinger' has retreated ever further from the mainstream with each album. Now, as Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn and others line up to perform his work in a series of concerts, he tells Sean O'Hagan, in a rare interview, why he's happy to be a loner.
"Drifting and Tilting" : the Songs of Scott Walker is at the Barbican, London EC2 from Friday November 14 to Sunday November 16. Featuring Damon Albarn, Dot Allison, Jarvis Cocker, Gavin Friday, Michael Henry & Nigel Richards.