By Greg Prato
"Prato has curated a suite to draw the uninitiated in addition to hold forth to the unwashed switched over masses."
"It's a wild journey that is vividly captured in Greg Prato's first-class oral historical past, Primus: Over the electrical Grapevine."
--Bass participant Magazine
"A booklet concerning the hugely unusual San Franciscans Primus has been past due for years, so Greg Prato's very good oral historical past of the band is welcome--doubly so, provided that the major bandmembers, Les Claypool, Larry Lalonde and Tim Alexander, are involved....Great stuff."
--Record Collector Magazine
"A grasp storyteller, expert within the paintings of assembling oral histories that not just study their matters in nice intensity but in addition spin a superb yarn, Prato is ready to mix an intensive learn of Claypool's eccentric genius with a peaceful, free-flowing narrative of the Primus's origins tale, detailing affects and lineup alterations, early performances and the making of landmark Primus albums....[The publication] does not get slowed down by way of trivia, and even though it might be referred to as an 'exhaustive' paintings, it is from an laborious read."
"Esteemed journalist and rock historian Greg Prato brings his estimable literary talents in unwrapping the enigma of Primus....If you liked Primus ahead of yet might be did not comprehend every thing they did, that would switch after interpreting this. in reality, if you end the final web page the following, race over for your Primus CD assortment and re-listen to all their tune with new and knowledgeable ears. Their tune won't ever have sounded so good."
--Curled Up With a great Book
"Almost as though you are sitting throughout from them on the bar as they reminisce in regards to the past...this e-book was once the main enjoyable i have had examining a ebook all yr. pass get it!"
Praise for Primus:
"They have been genuine musicians' musicians...Primus had their very own factor, needless to say. no one particularly does that Primus thing--they have their very own character, that is anything tough to do."
--Chad Smith, pink scorching Chili Peppers
"Primitive, lively, dinosaur, Halloween, trailerfunk. I felt Les was once a kindred spirit. a person i'll examine from and collaborate with. fast, schooled, humble, with an grand musical lexicon and down domestic as hell, with a tendency experience of humor."
Usually whilst the "alternative rock revolution" of the early Nineteen Nineties is mentioned, Nirvana's Nevermind is credited because the recording that led the cost. but there have been numerous previous albums that helped pave the way in which, together with the Pixies' Doolittle, the crimson sizzling Chili Peppers' Mother's Milk, Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking, and particularly Primus's 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese.
This attention-grabbing and wonderfully curated oral background tells the story of this really one of a kind band. Compiled from approximately fifty all-new interviews carried out by way of journalist/author Greg Prato--including Primus contributors previous and current and lots of extra fellow musicians--this publication is bound to attract longtime lovers of the band, in addition to admirers of the musicians interviewed for the book.
Interviewees include: Tim Alexander, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Matthew Bellamy (Muse), Les Claypool, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde, Geddy Lee (Rush), Mickey Melchiondo (Ween), Tom Morello (Rage opposed to the Machine), Chad Smith (Red sizzling Chili Peppers), Matt Stone (South Park), Tom Waits, and lots of more.
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Extra info for Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool
Pauly Shore most likely must have performed it. take into accout, I hit issues for a residing. ADAM GATES: Tim doesn’t like boats greatly. He may have even been form of ill. Going out fishing is perhaps some of the most dull belongings you can do together with your lifestyles. So we have been out within the bay all day lengthy. and naturally Les is simply so happy—he’s loving it. That used to be one in every of his first boats. That factor was once beautiful vintage. Tim additionally has a stunning dry humorousness. He doesn’t provide it away. yet he performed alongside. TOM BLANKENSHIP: i used to be in a three-piece band on the time— P RIMUS : 143 just like a punk/hardcore band. I have in mind the 3 folks simply sitting round, gazing tacky domestic Video. We used to observe that each weekend at perform. And that Miscellaneous particles EP, i used to be keen about to boot. yet like I acknowledged, i used to be in a three-piece band, and for us, it used to be only a large notion to work out how complete a valid you'll make with simply the 3 men. specifically the place the bass and guitar sat within the combine and what position that they performed. It was once like they have been either enjoying lead. in particular afterward, i noticed I by no means might have discovered in regards to the Meters or the Peter Gabriel solo albums that got here earlier than So, or XTC, if I hadn’t heard Miscellaneous particles. I’m a bass participant, so what Les used to be doing on bass, on “Have a Cigar,” how he's enjoying the melody the complete time and very sporting many of the weight of the music simply in his line—that used to be the massive factor for me. I simply bear in mind hearing a few of these clips over and over, simply the bass solo, over and over, sitting there attempting to determine it out. these documents have been an important a part of me transforming into up, and particularly beginning highschool and stepping into bands. It looked like all people on the time used to be in a band, and it used to be like one in all only a few releases that made it appear like . . . anyone may do it, in a fashion. evidently, less than the musicianship these 3 men had—and nonetheless have—but a part of it used to be looking at the tacky domestic Video. i used to be simply having this dialogue with a pal this week, how that point in track, it felt such as you had a few form of own connection to lots of musicians, simply because they have been placing themselves available in the market in that approach and displaying you behind-the-scenes stuff, and knowing they have been similar to each person else—normal men that have been enjoying track. And that feel of simply doing it to rejoice, finally, occasionally that turns into your profession or the way you pay the accounts, yet that spirit of, We’re simply doing this to rejoice. That’s all that actually issues after all. That’s the place I received an important experience of that early on. LARRY LALONDE: The Dennis Miller [TV visual appeal] used to be an insane one—I imagine that may were one of many first television indicates we ever did. And it used to be so unorganized and so crazy—some peo- 144 : S PREADING THE C HEESE ple had snuck into the dressing room and have been destroying it and throwing stuff round. They suggestion they have been with us—it used to be only a madhouse. I bear in mind going out to the level after we have been approximately to play, and not anyone knew what was once happening.