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Eugene Chadbourne


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Eugene Chadbourne (4 January 1951 in Mount Vernon, NY) is a USA composer, improvisor, guitarist and banjoist. He has also been a reviewer for the All Music Guide (AMG), and a contributor to Maximum RocknRoll.

He is also known as the inventor of the electric rake. This musical instrument (though some would hesitate to call it “musical”) is made by attaching a microphone or an electric guitar pickup to an ordinary lawn rake. The sounds that it can produce are impossible to describe.

Chadbourne started out playing rock and roll guitar, but quickly grew bored with the form’s conventions. He started studying other genres, including blues, country, bluegrass, free jazz, and noise - eventually synthesizing all those heterogenous influences into a unique style of his own. He was also influenced early on by the experimental stylings of Captain Beefheart and the Mothers of Invention.

Chadbourne has worked with numerous artists including John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Carla Bley Band, Paul Lovens, Camper Van Beethoven, Jello Biafra, and Jimmy Carl Black.

While in Canada in the 1970s, he produced and hosted a radio program on Radio Radio 104.5 Cable FM in Calgary, Alberta. His show was notorious for obscure and remarkable music. Radio Radio is now the last quasi-pirate station in Canada.

Chadbourne also fronted Shockabilly (1982-1985) with Mark Kramer (bass/organ) and David Licht (drums), releasing four eclectic albums.

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  • SLFV

    Greatest guitarist of all time

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    This dude is so awesome in so many ways

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ErikY72

    Saw him today, for an audience of 25... Bought his most recent double CD for 10 EUR, recorded in Canada July 25-27, 2012, in a self-made envelope. He told me it was so cheap as he was able to use the recording studio for free. He performed on guitar and banjo, including a new song, Love Drone.

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • KeatonXZX

    i got the book "I hate the man who runs this bar" for $2 at the thrift store, i love this man's talent

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • epi_gee

    I want an electric rake ..

    27 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Captain_Quim

    'Der Fueher's Face' is actually called 'The Girl from Al-Quaeda' and is on a different record to what is stated here. It is also one of the funniest things I've heard for a long time.

    26 Mar 2009 Reply
  • arthurhenryfork

    hey eugene, thanks for including me on your free guitar video list, love your work. best regards. a.h.f.

    25 Mar 2009 Reply
  • auricstormcloud

    his daughter is in a creative writing class I am taking. fun times.

    4 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ehafh

    thanks for adding another project to my list of stuff to do. that electric rake should be fun! keep making music

    30 Nov 2008 Reply
  • schizodanny

    Meh. And somebody once called Virginia Astley, of all people, a dirty musician...

    30 Apr 2008 Reply
  • bashiechan

    Electric rake FTW!

    19 Oct 2007 Reply

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