Rob McConnell Interviews – Jim Chapman – Come Back To Life

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Jim Chapman is a multi-talented Canadian who began his working life at 18 by signing a recording contract with Columbia Records in New York. Ten years later he had crossed musical paths with some of the biggest names in the business, including Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, Mick Jagger, Johnny Rivers and Gordon Lightfoot, and played in the band of rockabilly superstar Ronnie Hawkins. But touring was getting him down and Jim left the road to build an advertising and jingle company back home in London, Ontario, and found the first 24-track recording studio west of Toronto, the legendary Springfield Sound. He later became public relations and marketing director for the London AA affiliate of baseball’s Detroit Tigers, and went on to develop a media career as a top-rated radio and television commentator and newspaper and magazine columnist, interviewing leading political and social figures from the United States and Canada. In August of 2011 Jim Chapman retired from broadcasting to devote more time to his writing. “His Will Be Done” was published in the fall of 2011 by Bettger Books and is a geopolitical thriller about religious fanaticism and nuclear brinksmanship. His latest novel, Sky Com is a ‘future history’ murder mystery that explores the dark side of societal development. It is scheduled for publication by Bettger Books in February of 2012. Jim continues to live in London, writes occasional columns for newspapers and magazines and is currently working on a new police procedural novel slated for release in mid-2012. Jim maintains his life-long interest in performing through The Incontinentals, a 50’s-60’s pop-rock vocal group that appears at select functions across southern Ontario. He is also an avid collector of vintage cars, and a proud member of The London Auto Modifiers, “Canada’s Oldest Hotrod Club”. – www.jimchapman.ca
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