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Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool [Format Kindle]

Primus , Greg Prato

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

"Prato has curated a collection to attract the uninitiated as well as preach to the unwashed converted masses."

"It's a wild ride that's vividly captured in Greg Prato's excellent oral history, Primus: Over the Electric Grapevine."
--Bass Player Magazine

"A book about the highly strange San Franciscans Primus has been overdue for years, so Greg Prato's excellent oral history of the band is welcome--doubly so, given that the key bandmembers, Les Claypool, Larry Lalonde and Tim Alexander, are involved....Great stuff."
--Record Collector Magazine

"A master storyteller, skilled in the art of assembling oral histories that not only examine their subjects in great depth but also spin a great yarn, Prato is able to combine a thorough study of Claypool's eccentric genius with a relaxed, free-flowing narrative of the Primus's origins story, detailing influences and lineup changes, early performances and the making of landmark Primus albums....[The book] doesn't get bogged down by minutiae, and although it could be called an 'exhaustive' work, it's far from an exhausting read."
--Backstage Auctions

"Esteemed journalist and rock historian Greg Prato brings his estimable literary skills in unwrapping the enigma of Primus....If you loved Primus before but maybe didn't understand everything they did, that will change after reading this. In fact, when you finish the last page here, race over to your Primus CD collection and re-listen to all their music with new and educated ears. Their music will never have sounded so good."
--Curled Up With a Good Book

"Almost as if you're sitting across from them at the bar as they reminisce about the past...this book was the most fun I've had reading a book all year. Go get it!"
--Erlenmeyer's Mind

Praise for Primus:

"They were real musicians' musicians...Primus had their own thing, for sure. Nobody really does that Primus thing--they have their own personality, which is something difficult to do."
--Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Primitive, animated, dinosaur, Halloween, trailerfunk. I felt Les was a kindred spirit. Someone I could learn from and collaborate with. Quick, schooled, humble, with an amazing musical lexicon and down home as hell, with a bent sense of humor."
--Tom Waits

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.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 380 pages
  • Editeur : Akashic Books (16 septembre 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Get out of my way, I've got something to say... 11 septembre 2014
Par Harvey Birdman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book just arrived and I can't put it down. The definitive story of Primus told by the people who lived it. Essential reading for any fan of this amazing band.

"Over the Electric Grapevine" is written in the "oral history" format that is all the rage these days, and it is organized well so the story flows chronologically. Starting with Les in high school (with Kirk Hammett), the book takes us (almost) all the way to the present.

Great stories about the making of the albums, the ideas behind some of the songs, and the hi-jinks of touring. Sprinkled in are the observations of some of their peers and tour-/festival-mates, most of them fawning in admiration at the talent and influence of Messrs. Claypool, LaLonde, and Herb/Brain.

It includes a small section of pictures, a lot of which I had never seen before. This is an outstanding book that was put together with a lot of care.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The most fun I’ve had reading a book all year 22 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I’ve been a fan of Primus since middle school. The first time I heard Sailing the Seas of Cheese I thought 'This is the weirdest, most awesome music I’ve ever heard’. Most of my friends agreed that it was definitely the weirdest, so my relationship with Primus was always solitary venture. I devoured every album they put out and on release day I’d drive to Best Buy (when they used to sell CDs). For me Primus scratched a musical itch that nobody else could and I was grateful.

When I LibraryThings.com sent me an early review copy of Greg Prato’s new book Primus: Over the Electric Grapevine I was pretty jazzed. The book chronicles the musical history of Les Claypool and Primus from it’s earliest beginnings all the way to the present. I don’t know if Greg created the documentary/interview style used for this book, but it absolutely the perfect way to tell this kind of story.

Most ‘rock and roll’ bios are written by official biographers or music journalists. These writers generally craft the story of a band into a type of history book. Those types of books are good and I’ve ready my share of them. One of the things I hate about them is that often the writer’s opinions dictates the story. The author’s own feelings about and experiences with the artist tend to determine how the story is told. You get an image of the artist, but it’s definitely the author’s perspective. Greg avoids all those pitfalls by simply facilitating a conversation between all of the individual artists. The read gets front row seats to listen in!

The book consists of various transcribed interviews that were chopped up and pieced back together. Certainly the result is something greater than any one interview could have been. You get to hear from Les, Ler, and Tim, but also Adam Gates, Jay Lane, Todd Huth, and a cast of others who have been in the Primus/Claypool circle. As a reader you aren’t privy to the questions that prompted the responses, but you don’t ever wonder about them either. It’s almost as if you’re sitting across from them at the bar as they reminisce about the past and debate what really happened.

That ‘debate’ aspect is my favorite part of this book. (Debate is probably not the right word though-- plurality of perspectives?) Prato allows the reader to hear Les’s version of events, followed by Larry’s, followed my Tim’s, followed by the road manager or some other party. This multi-voiced approach leaves you with richer and more vibrant stories. Rather than one “officially factual” story you get something far more honest. In the process you begin to understand the relationship dynamics and the personalities of each person.

I was always a Primus fan rather than just a Les Claypool fan (although I did have Sausage’s record the Holy Mackerel album). The parts of this book that cover when Primus was on hiatus were like hearing a new artist for the first time. While it was probably nostalgic for some to read about Frog Brigade, Bernies Brains, and Oysterhead, but it was pure discovery for me. The jam band scene was never my thing, but hearing how Les got into it and listening to the stories from the other artists compelled me to seek out those recordings. I was not disappointed. Hearing those recording reminded me of the first time I heard Primus (especially C2B3’s The Big Eyeball in the Sky record). Reading this book even changed the way I relistened to the old Sausage album. I heard it fresh and new for maybe the first time ever and fell in love with Jay Lane’s drumming style.

The way Greg Prato has structured the book and presented the interviews makes it an extremely personal experience. It will remind you of how your own past as a fan is intertwined with Primus’ music, albums, and imagery. That nostalgia factor was huge element of this book’s fun factor for me. I hadn’t really thought back to how Primus had been a musical backbeat for my youth, but as I was reading about their history I was often reminded of my own.

I remember when the Brown Album came out and some folks were bitching about it. I loved it. It was still quirky and weird and Primus, but more polished and punchy. Shake Hands With Beef was my favorite track on the album. My first foray into smoking was because of Les’ mention of Tijuana Smalls in that song. [Pull out the cannon boys, steal us some wine. Puff Tijuana Smalls and shake hands with beef!] I was 17 and working at CVS as a cashier. On the bottom shelf of the cigar aisle (before cigars were behind the counter with the cigarettes) there were these eye catching packs of cigars. The box looked like some cheesy easy listening album cover from the late 70’s. Each held ten plastic tipped, cherry flavored Tijuana Smalls.

I lusted after those cigar like most guys my age lusted after porno mags. I needed to have them. Finally one evening I walked down the aisle, pick up a pack, shoved them in my pocket and continued about my business. I couldn’t wait to get to my car and light one up. It tasted like s*** and I coughed and choked through the experience. (Nobody ever told me you weren't supposed to inhale cigars!). I may have been a little green by the end, but I felt like hot s***. The next time I got a co-worker to sell them to me instead of stealing them. Eventually the store stopped carrying them, but to this day, if I smoke, I prefer some sort of tipped cigar (which I also still inhale). Thankfully I never did feel compelled to rob a liquor store.

Anyway, this book was the most fun I’ve had reading a book all year. Go get it!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 partrs read too much like rock star PR 6 novembre 2014
Par Vivace - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
well i somehow read its entirety which earns it 3 stars. Somewhat interesting to get first hand account of this creative journey...partrs read too much like rock star PR, and it was hard to stomach. For example Les seems to claim that "wynonas big brown beaver" was like literally about a beaver...it felt like it had 50 rotating rock stars say pretty much "yea primus...are just so querky !" and for some reason Tim is kind of vilified but its not made really very clear why...and that was kind of it as far as depth. It was a bit shallow...but still enjoyable.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 awesome and funny but sadly has 1 too many other people giving their opinion. Would of gotten 5 if not for that. 21 avril 2015
Par PuddinTaine - Publié sur Amazon.com
As a life long fan of the band, I was compelled to buy this book because I am such a fan. I'll be straight to the point. I laughed out loud a handful of times then after 120pages or so the book tapers off from what seems to be an awesome and informative read, to hearing other "famous" musicians give their praise, and how weird, and good PRIMUS and or les claypool are. Then it's either their first show seeing primus story , or first time meeting les. You will be skimming pages of dumb identical stories told from 90's alt music scene MTV 120mins so called musians. There is a lovely pic of les, and geddylee fishing, which a story is told behind that pic. I didn't buy the book for the pictures, but maybe if there were more pics directly from less' stories. An example being pics of the ibanez bass he bought instead of a rickenbacher, or his first Carl Thompson bass he talks of. It's a good read overall. Especially as a fan and buying this book for total fanboy brain candy. Yeah I'm a 36 year old fanboy.
"I know the formula dude, sex drugs and rock roll. The key to success !" -Kirk Hammett , said to les when they were in algebra class together at age 15.
To end on a positive note, if you truly love sound and music, and observered the different overall sound on each PRIMUS album varies as they progressed.....well to me it did. Les goes into detail of attempting to achieve an overall sound of led zeppelins phys/graff for the BROWN album, and using photographs of the led Zeppelin sessions to see where to place mics. Matt Winegar who is apart of PRIMUS history tells some awesome stories of how stuff was done techniclly from the beginning of this band I found these parts inspiring and refreshing.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must own for the Primus fan 19 novembre 2014
Par Justin - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is truly a must own for the Primus fan. Being a Primus nerd I often find myself searching the web for old interviews of the band and its members because I like to peak behind the scenes and learn about how the band formed and such. This whopper of a book has tons of interviews and quotes from Primus members and alum (Les, Ler, Tim, Brain, Jay, Huth) and other friends of the band that are familiar characters in the world of Primus (Adam Gates, Bryan Kehoe, Matt Stone, Skerik, Mike Dillon, etc.).
So if you consider yourself a big time Primus fan and you enjoy this kind of insight, I'd definitely purchase this book!
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