Peter Ivers

Though he remained unknown to a general audience, Peter Ivers had a fascinatingly eclectic career, beginning in the coffeehouse folk and blues scene centered in Cambridge, MA's Harvard Square in the late 1960s before ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1946 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Music (4)

National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 (Movie)

("Little Boy Sweet") (Song)

Eraserhead 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

Eraserhead 1978 (Movie)

(Song)

Grand Theft Auto 1976 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Biography

Though he remained unknown to a general audience, Peter Ivers had a fascinatingly eclectic career, beginning in the coffeehouse folk and blues scene centered in Cambridge, MA's Harvard Square in the late 1960s before moving to Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter enclave in the 1970s. His song "In Heaven, Everything Is Fine" soundtracked the defining scene of David Lynch's debut feature "Eraserhead" (1977), and in the early 1980s, he found an entirely new audience as the placidly hippie-ish host of the underground TV sensation "New Wave Theatre" (USA 1981-83), where his interactions with the Los Angeles punk and hardcore bands of the time verged on a form of performance art. Ivers was found bludgeoned to death under mysterious circumstances in his Los Angeles apartment on March 3, 1983; the murder remained officially unsolved.

Relationships

Lucy Fisher Producer

Ex-Companion

EDUCATION

Harvard University

1965 - 1969
Majored in Classical Languages. Active in Harvard's theatre scene, where he befriended Tim Mayer, Stockard Channing, John Lithgow and Tommy Lee Jones

Milestones

1980

Began hosting "New Wave Theatre" for local Los Angeles television

1977

Wrote and performed the song "In Heaven, Everything Is Fine" for David Kynch's debut feature "Eraserhead"

1976

Third album <i>Peter Ivers</i>

1974

Second album <i>Terminal Love</i>

1968

Debut album <i>Knight of the Blue Communion</i>

Bonus Trivia

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In 1971, composed the music for his friend Tim Mayer's 1971 production for Boston public television station WGBH, "Jesus, A Passion Play for Americans"

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After his murder, Harvard University endowed the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Program

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