Peter Murphy Aged 10 on a family trip to Stonehenge

Setting the Stage…

It is surprisingly difficult to write a comprehensive, yet short, biography on Bauhaus. Predecessors before me have literally written entire books on the band and it becomes difficult to chronicle events by order of importance or even relevance when one considers their rise to fame, and rapid dissolution through indie to mainstream. Even when tasked with the goal of focusing on the story of one band member, it quickly becomes apparent how interconnected each members’ stories becomes. Below is an attempt to frame Bauhaus’s humble beginnings and unravel at least some of that complex history. Ultimately, once the band split in 1983, it was clear that vocalist Peter Murphy, the only non-musician of the four, was very much on the outside and would have to carve his own path to success, full of its own unique challenges and successes. But, before we can understand where Murphy’s musical journey begins, we have to understand part of what led to Bauhaus’s inception in the first place.