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Harry Chapin (1977)

Interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages audio, 11 September 1977

The late singer-songwriter talks about unreleased tracks recorded with Michael Nesmith; his relationship with Elektra; how hits such as 'W•O•L•D' are representative of his work, and about his stage show and relationship with his audience.

File format: mp3; file size: 9.9mb, interview length: 10' 45" sound quality: ****

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Harry Chapin Takes 'Taxi' Wherever He Can

Interview by David Rensin, Rolling Stone, 6 July 1972

"I NEVER REALLY drove a cab," said Harry Chapin, the filmmaker-turned folkstar, "But I do have a hack license in case of emergencies – like ...

I've Been Around The World Long Enough To Realise That It's Not All Down To Dollars And Cents

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 25 November 1972

AN AMERICAN-style interview generally means a rap over the breakfast table and it was under such circumstances that I met Harry Chapin at the Westbury ...

Harry Chapin: Short Stories (Elektra)

Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 9 February 1974

BY NOW IT should be deemed a case of criminal neglect that Harry Chapin's 'W.O.L.D.' is not in the top ten or even higher, because ...

Short Stories of Harry Chapin

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 11 May 1974

SHORT STORIES is the most apt title for Harry Chapin's new album, for Chapin is not so much a singer as a storyteller, an artist ...

Harry Chapin: Avery Fisher Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 14 December 1974

NEW YORK: The trouble with Harry is that he's such a goddam regular guy. The way he handles himself onstage, for instance. Like a scoutmaster, ...

Harry Chapin

Book Excerpt by Bruce Pollock, 'In Their Own Words' (Collier Books), 1975

HARRY CHAPIN IS probably the most novelistic of our songwriters. Using techniques most often found in prose, he has created a series of story songs, ...

Harry & Sandy Chapin's Cat

Interview by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 16 January 1975

HARRY CHAPIN'S hit that hits close to home came from within his own. "My wife, Sandy, had written a poem that implied I was on ...

Harry Chapin: Chapin Up!

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 22 March 1975

HARRY CHAPIN, the singer who tells stories rather than sings songs, has recently moved his craft a giant leap forward with the opening of The ...

Harry Chapin: Dance Band On The Titanic

Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, 1 October 1977

I REALLY can't make my mind up about this guy Harry Chapin. One one level he is totally crass and on another he is totally ...

Harry Chapin: Singing for the World's Supper

Report and Interview by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, 6 April 1978

THE MORNING OF February 3rd, singer/ songwriter Harry Chapin flew to Washington D.C. from Ontario. He'd just done a concert and, having slept on the ...

Harry Chapin: 1942-1981

Obituary by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, 3 September 1981

HARRY CHAPIN often described himself as a "third-rate folk singer," and judging from most of the reviews he received in these pages and elsewhere, he ...

School of Rock Study Guide: Singer-Songwriters

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, iTunes, October 2008

"WHERE DO YOU have left to go but in?" It was a question posed by Joni Mitchell, the brilliant Canadian blonde who specialized in intensely ...


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