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Blake Gumprecht

Blake Gumprecht

Blake Gumprecht was the first paid employee at legendary Minneapolis indie label Twin/Tone, sometime home to the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Curtiss A, the Mekons, and Charlie Pickett. He coproduced the first Soul Asylum album with Bob Mould. Blake is now Associate Professor of Geography at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth and The American College Town.

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Aztec Camera

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Matter, September 1983

I FIRST HEARD Aztec Camera two years ago with 'We Could Send Letters', their contribution to the Rough Trade C81 compilation. I moved four times ...

Butch Hancock, The Flatlanders, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely: Lubbock on Everything: The Evocation of Place in Popular Music (A West Texas Example)

Essay by Blake Gumprecht, Journal of Cultural Geography, Fall 1998

Landscape into Art THE ROLE OF LANDSCAPE and the importance of place in literature, poetry, the visual arts, even cinema and television, is well established ...

The Embarrassment

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

THE EMBARRASSMENT formed four years ago in Wichita from the ruins of several other bands – the Mainliners, Screamers, Lemurs, Bad Eggs, and the Clique. ...

The Go-Betweens: Past Hope, Past Care, Past Help?

Profile and Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Matter, April 1984

I FEEL KINDA SORRY for the Go-Betweens. A lot has happened and just as little, since their first brief trip to America around Christmas time. ...

The Gun Club

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

JEFFREY LEE PIERCE is the Gun Club. He writes the music, sings, plays guitar, does the talking, and since the band's rise from nowhere with ...

Husker Du: Husker Dü

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

FORMED IN MINNEAPOLIS in the Summer of 1979, Husker Dü ("Do you remember" in Danish) released their first 45, 'Statues', in 1980. After their extensive ...

Mission of Burma

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

COMING TOGETHER in Boston four years ago, Mission of Burma's first single, 'Academy Fight Song', was released by Ace of Hearts a year after the ...

Rank and File

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

FROM THE REMNANTS of two of America's seminal punk bands, the Dils and the Nuns, comes Rank and File. ...

R.E.M.

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

FROM INGLORIOUS beginnings playing a birthday party, R.E.M.'s independent first single, 'Radio Free Europe', was Robert Palmer's choice as 10th best single of 1981 in ...

The Replacements

Profile by Blake Gumprecht, OP, July 1983

BOB STINSON drinks a lot, plays guitar loud, idolizes Steve Howe and Johnny Winter, looks like a janitor, and works as a cook in an ...

The Replacements: 'I Feel Lonely In A Crowd'

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Matter, December 1983

'I don't think our talent is our strong suit. I think, I don't know how to put it, it's our spirit if anything.' – Paul ...

Social Climbers

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

NEW YORK'S Social Climbers originally formed in Bloomington, Indiana around a nucleus of Mark Bingham and Jean Seton Shaw. Augmented by a large cast of ...

Suicide: Martin Rev interviewed

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

ALAN VEGA (vocals) and Martin Rev (instrument) formed Suicide in 1972 in New York City. After years of gaining infamy while gigging the Max's Kansas ...

The Three O'Clock

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

THE THREE O'CLOCK have just released a five-song, 12-inch EP, Baroque Hoedown, on Frontier Records. Originally formed in Carson, California, the band released one 45 ...

Wipers

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

"I REALLY THRIVE on trying to create a picture in one's mind...(to) get something to actually come out of the grooves." ...

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