John William Carmichael, a self-taught artist who emerged from Detroit as a young man with a striking, abstract vision and a mammoth musical repertoire covering more than three decades, died in his home Tuesday June 5, 2012, in Los Angeles. He was 39. John persevered for over 20 years despite a longstanding battle with epilepsy.
As an artist, his massive body of work amassed multiple eras and genres of music and film, including “Turnstyles,” a vinyl mix series from 1997-2007 with over 45 DJ mixes and over 48 hours of music, a full-length film titled “Cycles,” and the track “What It Is” on Om Record’s “Deeper Concentration.”
His funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Pastor Michael Hogg officiating. Family and friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday. The burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the CURE nonprofit organization (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy). John has a memorial contribution page on the cure website, which can be found at http://cure.convio.net/goto/John.Carmichael. Funeral arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to John’s family at www.barkesweaverglick.com.
Born Dec. 4, 1972, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, John was the beloved son of Robert R. and Lizabeth (Beth) Glick Carmichael. John’s survivors include his parents, Beth and Bob Carmichael of California; his sister and close friend, Katie Carmichael Catlin of Atlanta, Georgia; his grandmother, Nancy Glick, of Flat Rock; as well as many friends and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John W. Glick and Harry and Jean Carmichael.