Friday, October 5, 2012

Minneapolis, MN

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Phone: 6122766523
2528 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Michael Chapman began his career on the UK folk circuit in 1967. Signed to EMI’s Harvest label, home to Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, he recorded four quasi-legendary albums. The influential ‘Fully Qualified Survivor’ was John Peel’s favorite record of 1970, and featured future Bowie collaborator Mick Ronson. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material, he established a reputation for intensity and innovation. Further LPs like Rainmaker and Wrecked Again defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals with a full band sound. After the EMI years Chapman signed with Decca’s subsidiary Deram, where he altered course somewhat, adding electric guitar and harder rhythms to his work. Several albums were released on Deram during the early to mid 1970’s including one produced by Memphis legend Don Nix. Recording for numerous smaller record labels, and playing the folk and club circuits, the 1980’s was a quieter time for Chapman. He continued to make recordings that straddled musical genres and pushed his guitar playing to the fore, but had neither the profile nor sales of the previous decade. He embraced the ‘elder statesman’ role and enjoyed critical acclaim for his self released albums throughout the nineties. After decades of recording and touring, Chapman remained an obscure figure in the States until his profile was raised by a lengthy 2009 interview with big fan Thurston Moore in Fretboard Journal. Michael toured extensively with the late guitarist Jack Rose, and more recently, with Bill Callahan, Kurt Vile, and Meg Baird. In 2011 LA/Seattle-based indie label Light in the Attic began a reissue campaign of his Harvest work, and Tompkins Square released the internationally acclaimed double disc, ‘Trainsong : Guitar Compositions, 1967-2010’. All this has brought newfound attention to a singular guitarist and songwriter.
Ticket Price: 10
Door Time:5:00PM
Show Time:7:00PM
Ages:All Ages

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