Frank Turner

December 28, 1981
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  • Turner has no delusions of grandeur regarding his chosen profession. In his Songfacts interview, he explained: "There are people in this world who hold musicians and songwriters in high regard, which always struck me as completely bonkers, because we're obviously idiots."
  • The tattoos on his fingers spell out "Freeborn," a reference to John Lilburne, a political rabble-rouser known as "Freeborn John" who was a key figure in the English Civil Wars of the 1600s.
  • He attended (on scholarship) the prestigious Eton College in Berkshire, England, graduating in 2000. In his class were Prince William and Eddie Redmayne.
  • A distinguishing characteristic in his songwriting is a lack of irony. "Some people find that puzzling or offensive," he told Songfacts, "A fact that I also find puzzling."
  • Turner says his tattoos all have a backstory - except the one of the state of Texas on his left biceps. He got that when he was drunk.
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