Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Another Gift Idea Featuring a Central Alumnus

Today is the official release date for the DVD edition of "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," a widely praised documentary movie about "a Bohemian St. Francis and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red-and-green parrots," featuring a score by Madison Central High School alumnus Chris Michie (Class of 1966)

Chris Michie was the art editor of the 1965 Tychoberahn, but it was his outside activities that shaped his career path. He loved the sound of the guitar and learned to play it, practicing at home for hours. On February 27, 1965, his band, The Grapes of Wrath, made its debut at The Loft. Other band members were Greg Loeb (Class of 1966), Tracy Wolters, and Joe Wilson.

Chris eventually left Madison, moved to California, and became a sessions guitarist in 1972. He subsequently recorded or toured with Van Morrison, Link Wray, Stevie Wonder, Boz Scaggs, Jerry Garcia, The Pointer Sisters, Jesse Colin Young, and Maria Muldaur, and shared the stage with Neil Young, B.B. King, Albert King, Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Paul Butterfield, and Elvin Bishop.

The score for "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" was Chris's last project. He died of melanoma on March 27, 2003. The movie is dedicated to him.

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