Michael Erlewine

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Erlewine in 2008
Erlewine's birth chart

John Michael Erlewine was born on July 18, 1941 at 17:03 EDT in Lancaster (Pennsylvania).[1]

He is an American musician, astrologer, photographer, TV host, publisher and Internet entrepreneur who founded the music site AllMusic in 1991.


Erlewine has had several careers. As a musician, he was active in the Michigan folk scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In 1961 he hitchhiked with Bob Dylan, and had traveled to Greenwich Village (New York City), Venice/ California, and San Francisco.[2] He and his brother Dan founded a blues band called The Prime Movers, which regularly played Chicago; other members included "Blue" Gene Tyranny (Robert Sheff). When the drummer left, they replaced him with Iggy Pop (James Osterberg), then 18 years old. The Prime Movers gave him the nickname "Iggy" as he had played in the band The Iguanas. According to biographer Jim Ambrose, the two years Osterberg spent in the band made him aware of "art, politics, and experimentation".

All Music Guide

In the 1990s, Erlewine founded the All Music Guide (allmusic.com), the All Movie Guide (allmovie.com), and the All Game Guide (allgame.com). The first site in particular has become an important popular music reference that licenses its content to numerous other websites. Erlewine regained control of Matrix Software in November 2008 and continues as director of that company.

The Prime Movers Blues Band (ca. 1960)[3]

Television channel

Erlewine is the host on a 12-segment television channel called Spirit Grooves/ Dharma Grooves, featuring topics on alternative awareness and reaching some 540,000 viewers.

In 1977 Erlewine founded Matrix Software. He was the first person to program astrology on microcomputers and make astrological programs available to the astrological community. He has published more than forty books on astrology and related topics.

Michael Erlewine and his band, the Prime Movers, were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2015.[4]


Erlewine and his wife have four children. He is the uncle of American music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine.


He founded Matrix Software with his brother Stephen in 1977. They developed more than 100 packages of astrological software.
He had began to study astrology in the early '60's. From 1972, he and his wife Margaret operated the Heart Center School, turning out thousands of students. He was a member of the Board of Directors of ARC, a Director of ACT, and a member of the AFA Research team. He was elected to the AFAN Steering Committee in 1994 and to the ISAR Board in 1995. Erlewine was the recipient of the Regulus Award for Professional Image, recognizing astrology at work in business and the public.



Selected Publications

  • Astrological Calendar, 1975. Circle Books, Ann Arbor, 1974
  • The Sun is Shining: Heliocentric Ephemeris 53 Pages. Heart Center/ Circle Books, 1976
  • Astrophysical Directions 140 Pages. Heart Center 1977; AFA 1977 ISBN 978-0866900973
  • Interface: Planetary Nodes 25 Pages. Heart center/ Circle Books 1976, 288 Seiten; StarTypes.com 2008 ISBN 978-0979832857
  • Manual of Computer Programming for Astrologers AFA, 1980 ISBN 0866900993
  • Local space: Relocation Astrology 212 Pages. StarTypes.com 2008 ISBN 978-0979832833 Download PDF
  • Astrology’s Mirror: Full-Phase Aspects 192 Pages. CreateSpace 2008 ISBN 978-1440437984
  • Burn Rate: Retrogrades in Astrology 188 Pages. Startypes.com 2008 ISBN 978-0979832840
  • Mother Moon - Astrology of The Lights: The 144 Sun And Moon Combinations. 462 Pages. StarTypes.com 2008 ISBN 978-0979832826
  • Interpret Astrology: The 360 Three-Way Aspect Patterns 414 Pages. StarTypes.com 2008 ISBN 978-0979832802
  • Interpret Astrology: The House Combinations 336 Pages. StarTypes.com 2008 ISBN 978-0979832819
  • Interpret Astrology: The Planetary Combinations 726 Pages. CreateSpace 2008 ISBN 978-1440437755
  • Astrology of the Heart: Astro-Shamanism 352 Pages. CreateSpace 2008 ISBN 978-1440441448 ebook online
  • The Astrology of Space: Astrophysical Directions 504 Pages. StarTypes.com 2008 ISBN 978-0979497087
Illustration from Erlewine
  • StarTypes: Life-Path Partners 750 Pages. StarTypes.com 2008 ISBN 978-0979497070
  • Startypes Visual Ephemeris: 1800-1900 CreateSpace 2008; 2010 ISBN 1440459142
  • Startypes Visual Ephemeris: 1900-2000 CreateSpace 2008; 2010 ISBN 978-1440458798
  • Startypes Visual Ephemeris: 2000-2100 CreateSpace 2008, 2010 ISBN 1440459134
  • How To Use Astrology Advanced: How And Why It Works 588 Pages. CreateSpace 2008 ISBN 978-1440436895
  • Tibetan Astrology 638 Pages. StarTypes.com 2008 ISBN 978-0979497063
  • Tibetan Earth Lords: Tibetan Astrology and Geomancy 224 Pages. StarTypes.com, 2008 ISBN 0979497094
  • Eclipse Charts 1750-2200 CreateSpace 2008, 2010 ISBN 978-1440459825
  • 2007, “Interpret Astrology: The 360 3-Way Combinations”, paperback (Heart Center Publications)
  • 2008, “How to Learn Astrology”, paperback (Heart Center Publications)
  • 2008, “Tibetan Astrology”, paperback (Heart Center Publications)

Notes and References

  1. See Astro-databank/Erlewine, Michael(Rodden Rating AA)
  2. Gimme Danger
  3. Erlewine in in the centre, Iggy Pop on his right
  4. Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame