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Michael Indelicato Poster

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Michael Indelicato was born in Albany, California. His father was a used car dealer and a vintage car collector. Indelicato became interested in playing the guitar after he attended a Robin Trower concert at the Winterland arena in San Francisco in March of 1975. After reading a 1976 interview of Robin Trower who proclaimed that the new Fender guitars were not nearly the quality of the instruments built in the 1950s, Michael began to acquire many vintage Fender guitars. His voracious guitar collecting contributed to his failing to graduate from DeAnza high school in Richmond, California. DeAnza classmates included Kirk Hammett, later of Metallica fame and Les Claypool, founder and bassist of Primus.

Indelicato eventually completed his high school degree (2nd from the bottom of his class) and later took some community college courses where he excelled and soon he applied to the University of California, Berkeley. Michael graduated at the top of his class at Berkeley and was accepted to Cambridge University in England where he took a master's degree in International Relations and a law degree from Cambridge's venerable Trinity College. He came back to the U.S. in 1991 to pursue a legal career, but first decided to take off a summer to track down some vintage guitars; he was very successful at this and soon learned that he could make a better living doing this, than a corporate job. This summer turned into the "Endless Guitar Summer" for Indelicato and he soon became a leading international vintage guitar dealer.

By 2003, Michael had purchased the collection of the late Scott Chinery

  • a collection of over 700 guitars, the largest guitar transaction in
history. In 2005, Michael purchased the famous Plant Recording Studios in Sausalito, California. In 2007 he was approached by filmmaker Eric Paul Fournier about making a documentary based on Indelicato's life as a guitar "picker". The filmmaker was so fascinated by Indelicato's transformation from a guitar dealer to a recording artist and record producer - that the documentary "Guitar Man" centers on this. Indelicato was also asked to be the executive producer of the film's soundtrack. Michael worked with legendary producer Narada Michael Walden, and artists such as Bob Weir, Neal Schon, Ronnie Montrose, Linda Perry, John Popper, Jerry Harrison, Buddy Miles, Sammy Hagar and John McLaughlin to create a highly acclaimed soundtrack recording.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Amanda Williams

Trivia (8)

Co-founded Big Industries guitar amplifier company with guitar legend Ronnie Montrose in 1995. The company produced portable battery powered guitar amplifiers that are now considered collectors items.
Purchased the famous Plant Recording Studios building in Sausalito, California, in May 2005 for $2.3M.
Was Cambridge Union Society debate partner with Paul Clement, former Solicitor General of the United States.
Was approached by Sacha Baron Cohen after the Oxford/Cambridge debate in 1991 and asked if he would consider joining him in a mime troupe.
Was booed off the stage at his first live guitar performance at the "Mr. DeAnza" contest, 1977.
Attended Cambridge University 1988-1991.
Graduated 356 out of 358 at De Anza High School in Richmond, California. Classmate of Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Les Claypool of Primus.
Collector of American folk art and San Francisco Bay Area modern art. Avid motorcycle rider, started racing motocross at age 14.

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