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Michael Chapman RIP

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 Rob Exile Ward 11 Sep 2021

Bit of an acquired taste, but an incredible guitar player, and no slouch at lyrics either: 

'When I first saw you, you were laughing

You fair took my breath away...'

RIP

 Bob Kemp 11 Sep 2021
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

Damn! First heard him in the early seventies, and dipped in and out of his work over the years. A real original - David Bowie nicked both his ideas and Mick Ronson for Hunky Dory! I saw him in the Rough Trade tent at the Green Man festival a few years ago, and he was engaging, funny and gave a great short performance. A real loss. 
Some great stories in this Guardian piece:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/02/michael-chapman-the-man-who-connects-elton-bowie-nick-drake-and-sonic-youth

Here’s one of my favourites out of his more recent songs-

youtube.com/watch?v=S7VzAq_8G0M&


 

 Sealwife 11 Sep 2021
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

Thanks for this.  I had completely forgotten about him in recent years.  Now listening to Man Who Hated Mornings.

In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

He's been on Marc Riley a bit in recent years so I expect he'll do a tribute of some kind...

 Doug 11 Sep 2021
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/sep/11/michael-chapman-british-folk-musician-dies-aged-80

Only saw him once, many, many years ago but always surprised he got so little attention compared to others from the same period

 riff156 11 Sep 2021
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

Only just discovered him thanks to Gideon Coe playing Memphis in winter on 6 music recently such a brilliant track, a very talented musician, but then whats he done on grit?? Dunno but he called one of his albums Millstone Grit so maybe he climbed as well eh !!!

RIP M Chapman 


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