Michael Turner (musician)

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Michael Turner (born 1962 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a musician, and writer of poetry, prose and opera librettos. His writing is noted for including detailed and purposeful examination of ordinary things.

Career[edit]

Turner was an original member of the Vancouver band Hard Rock Miners, formed in 1987, singing and playing guitar and banjo.[1] The band toured across Canada and released four albums of rockabilly music.[2] His 1993 book Hard Core Logo is about his experiences while fronting the band.[3]

Turner wrote Company Town in 1991, and followed it with Hard Core Logo in 1993 and Kingsway in 1995. Turner employed multi-format and intertextual approaches in his works American Whiskey Bar (1997), and The Pornographer's Poem (1999).

In 1996, Bruce McDonald directed a film based on Hard Core Logo;[4] he also directed a live telecast dramatizing Turner's novel American Whiskey Bar in 1998, which Citytv produced and aired. That year he founded the literary/visual art imprint Advance Editions, with Arsenal Pulp Press.[2]

Turner's work was adapted to radio, stage, television and feature film, and he has been translated into French, Russian, and Korean. He won the Genie Award in 1996 for Music/Original Song, the 2000 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was also a finalist for the 1992 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.[5]

Turner collaborated with artist Stan Douglas on two experimental-video screenplays, titled Journey into Fear (Istanbul Biennial, 2001) and Suspiria (Documenta XI, 2002) and on a screenplay with filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, titled Untitled Von Gloeden Project, based on the life and work of photographer Wilhelm Von Gloeden. He was commissioned to write a libretto for the Modern Baroque Opera Company, based on Wilhelm Busch's Max & Moritz.

Turner lives in Vancouver, writes art essays and edits Advance Editions.

Bibliography[edit]

Poetry and fiction[edit]

  • Company Town (Arsenal Pulp, 1991)
  • Hard Core Logo (Arsenal Pulp, 1993)
  • Kingsway (Arsenal Pulp, 1995)
  • American Whiskey Bar (Arsenal Pulp, 1997)
  • The Pornographer's Poem (Doubleday Canada, 1999)
  • 8x10 (Doubleday Canada, 2009)

Anthologies (featured in)[edit]

  • Lost Classics (Knopf Canada, 2000)
  • Story of a Nation (Doubleday Canada, 2001)
  • The Notebooks (AnchorCanada, 2002)
  • A Verse Map of Vancouver (Anvil Press, 2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quill & Quire. Canadian Magazine Publishers Association. 1994. p. cover, 16. 
  2. ^ a b "Michael Turner Interview". January Magazine, Linda Richards, February, 2000
  3. ^ Peter Dickinson (2007). Screening Gender, Framing Genre: Canadian Literature Into Film. University of Toronto Press. pp. 188–. ISBN 978-0-8020-4475-4. 
  4. ^ "Hard Core Turner". The Sound of St. Catharines, October 6, 2016, By Gregory Betts
  5. ^ BC Book Prizes Winners and Nominees

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