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Goldie (there are at least two versions of how he got his name: one is that it dates from his time as a Rastafarian, because of his hair color; the other, also that it derives from Goldilocks, bestowed by his mother, because as a child he was always stealing; he claims that it is his only name on his passport and credit cards) was the son of a Jamaican father and Scottish mother. His parents separated when he was very young and he spent his childhood in a succession of foster homes and children's homes in the English West Midlands, during which time he was abused.

He became a gifted graffiti artist and breakdancer, then went into jungle music. In the late 80s he spent several years in the USA. He made his first record (Terminator) in 1993, followed by the albums Timeless (1995), Saturn Returnz (1998), and is currently (1999) recognized as the world's foremost and most innovative jungle musician.

In late 1998 he was the subject of a UK Channel 4 documentary in which he was reunited with his birth and foster parents.


Goldie. "Why I Had to Forgive My Parents." The Guardian [London], 10 December 1998, p. 10
Black Audio Film Collective. When Saturn Returnz. Channel 4 UK, 14 December 1998
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Uk/great Britain
20th Century
21st Century
Art, Architecture, Planning
Music and Dance
Anti-social or Disruptive Behavior, Adhd
Multiple or Unspecified
Formal, American/European-Type Fostering
Pre-school Years
Parental Relationship Breakdown, Divorce
Others ("Strangers")
Institutional Care
Parents Separated or Divorced
Both Parents Unable or Unwilling to Care for Child
In Contact With Birth Family
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