Before MTV: An Evening with Video Pioneer Chuck Statler

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:15pm
West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Ave


Big Smash! Productions, 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
with live musical DEVO tribute!

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, Stan Ridgeway, Madness, and DEVO! Post-MTV clips include music by Pere Ubu, Tiny Tim, Moldy Peaches + more!

Tickets $12 advance / $15 door / $10 Video Pool + Manitoba Music members (with card)
Advance tix at WECC, Ticketmaster, Into the Music and Music Trader!

(Manitoba Music and Video Pool Members need to purchase from WECC or ticketmaster to get the discount. When buying through ticketmaster, use the password:arewenotmen?)

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