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Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool

By Greg Prato

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

"Prato has curated a suite to draw the uninitiated in addition to hold forth to the unwashed switched over masses."

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

"A ebook concerning the hugely unusual San Franciscans Primus has been late for years, so Greg Prato's first-class oral background of the band is welcome--doubly so, on condition that the major bandmembers, Les Claypool, Larry Lalonde and Tim Alexander, are involved....Great stuff."
--Record Collector Magazine

"A grasp storyteller, expert within the artwork of assembling oral histories that not just study their matters in nice intensity but in addition spin an exceptional yarn, Prato is ready to mix a radical 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 ebook] does not get slowed down by way of trivia, and even though it can be referred to as an 'exhaustive' paintings, it's miles from an arduous read."
--Backstage Auctions

"Esteemed journalist and rock historian Greg Prato brings his estimable literary abilities in unwrapping the enigma of Primus....If you liked Primus earlier than yet probably did not comprehend every thing they did, that would switch after interpreting this. in reality, in the event you end the final web page the following, 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 an outstanding Book

"Almost as though you are sitting throughout from them on the bar as they reminisce concerning the past...this publication was once the main enjoyable i have had examining a publication all yr. move get it!"
--Erlenmeyer's Mind

Praise for Primus:

"They have been actual musicians' musicians...Primus had their very own factor, needless to say. not anyone particularly does that Primus thing--they have their very own character, that is whatever tricky to do."
--Chad Smith, pink scorching Chili Peppers

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

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 prior albums that helped pave the best way, 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 interesting and fantastically curated oral historical past tells the story of this really unique band. Compiled from approximately fifty all-new interviews carried out by means of journalist/author Greg Prato--including Primus participants previous and current and lots of extra fellow musicians--this booklet is bound to attract longtime fanatics 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 lots of more.

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So there’s a Carl Thompson sitting there, and it used to be marked 600 greenbacks. I picked it up, begun enjoying it, and that i used to be like, “Oh my god! ” It used to be the main remarkable bass. It was once the simplest bass that I ever picked up. i'll play these kinds of issues that I couldn’t think ahead of. It used to be unimaginable. So I went domestic, and that i had a few cash yet now not much. I scraped, scrimped, and dug round. I even had a bank account at the moment. I went and borrowed a few cash from my mother, to get 600 greenbacks. I get back down and that i had precisely 600 26 : W ELCOME TO T HIS W ORLD dollars—I didn’t also have adequate for tax. i am getting there, and so they had marked up the bass to 1000 money. So i am going locate this guy—I imagine his identify used to be Kip or something—and i'm going, “Man, I checked out this bass the opposite day, and it used to be 600 greenbacks. ” And he is going, “Yeah, good, Leo got here in and stated, ‘These issues are quite rare,’ and needs one thousand greenbacks for it. ” I’m like, “Man, you instructed me i may get it for 6 hundred dollars. i've got 600 greenbacks, I’m the following to shop for it. What are you able to do? ” So he went within the again, talked to someone, and says, “Yeah, I’ll promote it to you for 6 hundred. ” and that i stated, “Well, all I’ve obtained is six hundred,” and he says, “It’s 600 . . . plus tax. ” So I wrote a bum payment for the tax! [Laughs] I by some means acquired it to transparent, I don’t understand how I bought that sucker to transparent. So I bought the Carl Thompson bass, and that used to be the start of me utilizing that Carl Thompson bass for . . . shit, I used that factor for thirty years or whatever. I nonetheless personal it. I positioned it in semiretirement, simply because it’s the sort of worthwhile tool to me. I don’t like taking it out at the street rather a lot anymore. I labored for this audio corporation at one aspect referred to as ADA, so we’d visit NAMM [National organization of song retailers] indicates and all that stuff. I be mindful seeing this factor marketed— this bass Kahler [tremolo system]. and that i notion, Holy shit. that appears striking! So I bought one in the course of the corporation, and that i truly had Dan Maloney positioned it on for me, simply because I knew he was once stable. He positioned it on there, and we needed to switch the nut round a little, simply because intonation is often a topic in the event you positioned this stuff on. They remain in song to an volume, yet no longer extraordinarily good. So you’ve obtained to observe that. yet that’s a part of the Primus sound too—the intonation is lovely free. [Laughs] And there’s a little of glory to that. a few of my favourite men are those men that play lovely janky tools, and also you type of pay attention that looseness in pitch. i love that. My dad used to be consistently a really sensible fellow. He continually acknowledged, “This song factor is okay and dandy, yet you greater research a exchange. ” simply because they have been all a bit bummed that I didn’t visit university. i used to be the fellow within the family members who was once form of shrewdpermanent, and that i may were the 1st one to visit university. yet regrettably i wished to paintings, simply because we didn’t have cash. I couldn’t paintings, visit col- PRIMUS : 27 lege, and heavily pursue my tune factor. when you consider that i used to be fourteen, I knew i wished to be a qualified musician, so I labored and performed track.

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