BEFORE MTV: An Evening with Music Video Pioneer CHUCK STATLER!
Big Smash!, The West End Cultural Centre, Manitoba Music + Video Pool Media Arts Centre present:
BEFORE MTV: An Evening with Music Video Pioneer CHUCK STATLER
featuring videos by Devo, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Tiny Tim, Pere Ubu + more
plus live musical DEVO tribute by Pip Skid + Birdapres, Rouge’s Malady, Ton O’Love (aka Muscle of Love), Blunderspublik + The Wind-Ups!
Kier-La Janisse’s Going-Away Party!
Thursday May 20, 2010 – Doors 7:15pm | Show 8:00pm
West End Cultural Centre – 586 Ellice Ave.
Tickets $12 advance / $15 door / $10 Video Pool + Manitoba Music members (with card)
Advance tix at WECC, Ticketmaster, Into the Music and Music Trader!
Chuck Statler, arguably the godfather of the music video, is a pioneer who directed music films for upstart record labels and emerging superstars like Elvis Costello, Madness, and DEVO before MTV’s existence. Minneapolis-based but Akron-born-and-bred, Statler met fellow art students Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerry Casale—the nucleus of DEVO—at Kent State University in the early 1970s. They soon began collaborating on the music films that would become a hallmark of DEVO’s act. Soon Stiff, Blank, ZE Records, and other maverick New Wave labels commissioned Statler to produce films for their artists. Music videos (aka short band films), traced from the budding European “pop clip” business of the 1960s, were used by record labels in America and Europe to promote new talent. Already friendly with many New Wave artists and skilled in 16mm film production, Statler soon found his niche. Highlights include films of Costello, Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, Madness, and DEVO! Post-MTV clips include music by Pere Ubu, Tiny Tim + more!