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We carry on Harry's work not just because we loved and admired him.
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- James Chapin
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HarryChapin.com July 2003 E-mail
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HARD ROCK CAFE TO HONOR HARRY CHAPIN
On July 16, the anniversary of Harry's death, the Hard Rock Cafe in New York
City will honor Harry Chapin and his music. If you would like to be a part
of the event, you can find more information at:
CIRCLE! SUMMER ISSUE RELEASED
The summer issue of the extraordinary "Circle!," a publication put out by
fans of Harry committed to carrying on his anti-hunger work, is now
available. Lots of great photos and stories can be found inside. Visit:
REMEMBERING HARRY CHAPIN 2003 CONCERT ANNOUNCED
John McMenamin will once again put on his phenomenal tribute show to Harry
Chapin in New Jersey later this summer. If you have not been to this event,
you must go. You will greatly enjoy it. John's tribute includes many
lesser-performed Harry Chapin songs, and is really a must see event. Find
more information at:
WHY BENEFIT ON LONG ISLAND
Find out more about an upcoming World Hunger Year benefit on Long Island
featuring Jen Chapin, SpoonWalk, and others. Check out:
I hope everyone is having a great summer.
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"Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world?" -- Harry Chapin, 1942-1981.
The Latest Release
Sniper & Other Love Songs
In 1972, Harry released
Sniper & Other Love Songs.
Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.
Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in
a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But
perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly
lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."
Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out
Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the
Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced"
feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless,
it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best
for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!