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Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine

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Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine
By Primus and Greg Prato
Akashic books
Retail Price $24.95
Amazon Price: $19.23

Book Description: 


Usually when the “alternative rock revolution” of the early 1990s is discussed, Nirvana’s Nevermind is credited as the recording that led the charge. Yet there were several earlier albums that helped pave the way, including the Pixies’ Doolittle, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Mother’s Milk, Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing’s Shocking, and especially Primus’s 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese.

This fascinating and beautifully curated oral history tells the tale of this truly one-of-a-kind band. Compiled from nearly fifty all-new interviews conducted by journalist/author Greg Prato–including Primus members past and present and many more fellow musicians–this book is sure to appeal to longtime fans of the band, as well as 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 Against the Machine), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Matt Stone (South Park), Tom Waits, and many more.

Review

 

This book is created from real interviews with band members of the rock ‘n roll group Primus.  It is an oral history of sorts that is well organized from beginning to end. Since most of the book is based on transcribed interviews, you get a first hand account of the group.  It was like having a conversation with Primus!  The book covers such things as the making of all their albums, how songs were inspired, and what it was like on tour.  The  pictures included were rare footage.  The entire book was well done and makes for great keepsake for fans.

~Reviewed by Sonny E.

 

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