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By Greg Prato

One of BookRiot's Must-Read Books from Indie Presses for 2014

"Prato has curated a set to draw the uninitiated in addition to hold forth to the unwashed switched over masses."
--Examiner.com

"It's a wild journey that is vividly captured in Greg Prato's very good oral heritage, Primus: Over the electrical Grapevine."
--Bass participant Magazine

"A publication in regards to the hugely unusual San Franciscans Primus has been late for years, so Greg Prato's very good oral background of the band is welcome--doubly so, on condition that the foremost 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 research their matters in nice intensity but in addition spin an excellent yarn, Prato is ready to mix an intensive research of Claypool's eccentric genius with a peaceful, free-flowing narrative of the Primus's origins tale, detailing affects and lineup adjustments, early performances and the making of landmark Primus albums....[The publication] does not get slowed down by means of trivialities, and even though it will be known as an 'exhaustive' paintings, it's miles from an laborious read."
--Backstage Auctions

"Esteemed journalist and rock historian Greg Prato brings his estimable literary abilities in unwrapping the enigma of Primus....If you really liked Primus sooner than yet possibly did not comprehend every little thing they did, that would switch after interpreting this. in reality, in case you end the final web page right here, race over for your Primus CD assortment and re-listen to all their track with new and informed ears. Their tune won't ever have sounded so good."
--Curled Up With a superb Book

"Almost as though you are sitting throughout from them on the bar as they reminisce in regards to the past...this publication was once the main enjoyable i have had studying a publication all 12 months. cross get it!"
--Erlenmeyer's Mind

Praise for Primus:

"They have been actual musicians' musicians...Primus had their very own factor, evidently. not anyone rather does that Primus thing--they have their very own character, that is whatever tricky to do."
--Chad Smith, crimson sizzling Chili Peppers

"Primitive, lively, dinosaur, Halloween, trailerfunk. I felt Les was once a kindred spirit. somebody i may study from and collaborate with. quickly, schooled, humble, with an awesome musical lexicon and down domestic as hell, with a tendency experience of humor."
--Tom Waits

Usually while the "alternative rock revolution" of the early Nineties is mentioned, Nirvana's Nevermind is credited because the recording that led the cost. but there have been a number of prior albums that helped pave the best way, together with the Pixies' Doolittle, the pink scorching Chili Peppers' Mother's Milk, Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking, and particularly Primus's 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese.

This interesting and wonderfully curated oral heritage tells the story of this actually special band. Compiled from approximately fifty all-new interviews performed via journalist/author Greg Prato--including Primus contributors previous and current and plenty of extra fellow musicians--this publication is bound to entice 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 scorching Chili Peppers), Matt Stone (South Park), Tom Waits, and plenty of more.

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We have been consistently trying to find bands that we inspiration have been copasetic and engaging. Their identify got here up, and we have been definitely occupied with it—everybody beloved the place the band used to be at. MATT WINEGAR: i assumed, those men are so nice . . . yet there’s no means anybody’s going to hear this in an immense, mainstream form of manner. There’s no manner. it could actually by no means trap on. I suggest, what percentage Frank Zappa luck tales can there be? however the something that I never forget is Les, in his head, consistently had it discovered. Like, No, guy, we’re going to do that, after which we’re going to do that, after which we’re going to be starting for Rush. We P RIMUS : 147 kind of brushed off it as studio having a pipe dream speak. yet he was once useless correct. He knew it—he observed that individuals could get it someway. and that i imagine lots of people around—myself included—were like, guy, these items is astounding. however the regular individual, if this comes on their radio, they’re going to only force off the line. [Laughs] It was once a very bizarre radio musical climate—it was once now not genuine open-minded. Now we will glance again on it and move, “The grunge circulate opened doors,” to love, “It doesn’t need to healthy this narrow-minded view of what track may be. ” And it type of opened the door for them, even supposing they weren’t something corresponding to grunge track. It type of nonetheless reached lots of people in that crowd. It was once ideal timing for it to move down. ADAM GATES: Seeing them open for Rush used to be only a entire surreal event, and bizarre. They have been simply commencing to get sought after at that time. LES CLAYPOOL: the subsequent factor you recognize, we’re fidgeting with our highschool heroes. TIM “HERB” ALEXANDER: Wow. A dream come actual. I anticipated pompous, egotistical, untouchable rock stars. i assumed they’d appear of their limo and the paparazzi will be attacking them from all angles, enthusiasts will be mobbing the inn foyer, and they'd make a hasty sprint to the personal elevator reserved only for them, and that i might stand in awe. It didn’t ensue like that in any respect. once we had checked in to the inn I went all the way down to the foyer, and observed my hero Neil Peart heading my method. i assumed I’d method and introduce myself. As he got here nearer, i began a movement towards him and his supervisor rushed—no pun intended—him into the elevator and the door close. rattling, I nearly received to fulfill Neil. No worries—it’s a protracted journey and I’m convinced I’ll meet him later. good, the 1st evening of our first journey with them, as a result of the loss of stimulation by means of the in-room leisure ideas, I ventured all the way down to the wild and loopy lodge foyer bar in Las Cruces, New Mexico—I’m beautiful definite it was once, even supposing my reminiscence isn’t the simplest occasionally. As I entered, my middle began racing. There, sitting at 148 : S PREADING THE C HEESE the bar, with an empty seat subsequent to him, used to be Alex Lifeson! I advised him who i used to be, and we sat and talked for a number of hours. He was once very approachable and large humorous. i might imagine that if somebody was once allowed to have an ego, it might be them. they've got labored hard and long to get the place they're, and that i could comprehend if speaking to lovers will get a piece tiring.

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