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Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets Paperback – May 3, 2012
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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.
Don't be embarrassed, I know you're out there, you people who are reading Cris tales to your buddies, or trying to re-tell them in your own words like old Cheech and Chong comedy bits.
Well, hopefully there will be more from Cris soon. Meanwhile, the YouTube live performances that I've seen from the current Meat Puppets, with Shandon Sahm and Elmo Kirkwood, are really great, and Rat Farm, the latest album, is excellent.
I learned a lot about the story of the band from it's beginnings, and a whole lot about how bands in the late seventies and early eighties operated. I don't agree that the book is too long, it covers a huge amount of material and I would definitely recommend it.
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