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That doesn't mean there's nothing interesting in here, but I was expecting more context and background that doesn't necessarily come through in the interviews. I mean I get that it's like "let them speak for themselves," but that's not necessarily going to give you the best understanding of what's going on.
I want to know even more about what the Meat Puppets were like on tour, in the studio, during practice, when they wrote songs. It's mostly just other people going "yeah those guys were weird." And then there's like 5 lines about how they brought a pitbull on tour for years. Like -- what?? I want to know more about that! More stories!
This book could have been half as long and twice as good if the author omitted some of the more arbitrary interview segments. I mean the first half of the book is just people going "The Meat Puppets -- wow. I mean just, wow. Blew my mind. Blew my mind." Over and over and over again. And then by the time you get through "Up on the Sun," you realize the book is less than halfway over, and the rest of the book goes way more in-depth about the details of albums that are interesting but... let's just say the coverage is disproportionate.
Again I love the Meat Puppets, and I appreciate that there's no other "biography" out there. But I paid $25+ for this and I don't feel like I learned that much.
The oral history format was ideal. It moves quick and stays interesting. Far more informative than a straight narrative and adds so much more color.
I feel like I almost know the band now. It made me go back and revisit each of the albums with new ears / perspectives. Prime example - Kyle McDonald said "Lantern" off of Lollipop was his favorite cut. I'd heard it, but it hadn't resonated with me. So, I went back and reacquainted myself with it. It was one I had missed. Definitely a good tune.
For fans of the band, this is really great read.
Given the carbon footprint American politics and culture tends to leave, I'm not really what you'd call a "patriot". But when something as truly "American" as the Meat Puppets shows up, goes down and gets back up again, I can gladly wave the flag. Thanks to Greg for writing such a well-researched book and for having the right people comment to give an accurate appraisal, many of whose opinions I could not have said better. The book is easy to navigate in small or large sittings because it's presented as an oral biography cutting between comments and view points of those who experienced the stories at the time they happened. Those that enjoy this book should also pick up Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime by Michael T. Fournier.
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