Michael Yonkers stage show show

Michael Yonkers was born in the year 1947, son of a stay-at-home mom and a supermarket worker. He is an American rock musician from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Yonkers’s story is one of a lifelong experiment with the potentiality of his instruments. His Damascene moment came when he heard The Trashmen record Surfin’ Bird (1963) for the first time. His first band, The Vectors, played surf rock, but Yonkers felt bound by the sounds available to him over the counter, so he decided to recompose by building his own additions. It started his journey of creating his own unique style.

American rock musician
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His work has been praised for its groundbreaking and extremely innovative style. Cole Alexander of psychedelic-rock band Black Lips said that Yonkers “kind of invented noise and drone guitar techniques," discussing further he said that "when you think of how The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and The Velvet Underground were pushing feedback at the time, he was more extreme than all three combined in terms of what he was doing.”

Still, his work did not reach a large-scale audience until decades after he began recording, one of the reasons was him suffering from a spinal injury which kept him in perpetual, lifelong pain.

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