- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1493752324
- ISBN-13: 978-1493752324
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets Paperback – May 3, 2012
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"It's a very strange, wonderful experience to read...I love the way itflows...a linear time capsule compendium of the band's past...so manyperspectives tied together so well. I feel like I've been hanging out in these scenes just yesterday." -Curt Kirkwood, Meat Puppetssinger/guitarist
"It was moving to read, to see other people'stakes on it. I really dig the living f**k out of it. It's cool as f**k." -Cris Kirkwood, Meat Puppets bassist
"Greg's retrospective justhelps bring everything just that much more full circle. Well done, sir." -Derrick Bostrom, original Meat Puppets drummer
"Mr. Prato's'Too High to Die' is an excellent book, that gets all the great rock n'rollers' perspectives on why they/we all love the Meat Puppets so much.I've read it 2 times from front to end, and I'm going on my 3rd read aswe speak. Everything you ever needed or wanted to know about the Pups."-Shandon Sahm, current Meat Puppets drummer
"Greg Prato takes anin depth look into the deeply fried psychedelic scriptures of these most essential southwestern country-punk cowboys, leaving no desert stoneunturned in telling the saga of the Kirkwood Bros luminescent journey,from the early days at SST to Nirvana and beyond. Weird scenes insidethe goldmine, indeed..." -Lee Ranaldo, Sonic Youth guitarist
"The title of this book is a little deceptive, as it's about far more thanjust the extraordinarily underrated underground rock band the MeatPuppets. It, like 'American Hardcore' and 'Our Band Could Be Your Life,' helps add to the mythos surrounding the formation of the American rockunderground in the late 1970s, through the early 1990s." -JeremiahGriffey, geekexchange.com
"Prato has not only nailed down thestory of the Puppets perfectly, but that whole SST Records crew who sawPunk as a wide open world of gelatinous freedom and not just a haircut." -Tony Rettman, Vice Magazine
"The very first official,definitive bio on The Meat Puppets ever written. Engaging, honest andintimate...and often just plain hilarious...it's a must read." -ShirleyPena, The Los Angeles Beat
"Interviewing dozens of key players,including the band members themselves as well as producers, othermusicians, friends and record company people, the author stitchestogether an illuminating look at the mighty Meats." -Steven Rosen,CurledUp.com
"Employing what seems like some massive interviews,Prato looks at the Meat Puppets by framing the book in a chronologicalstarting from when the Kirkwood brothers were children and runningthrough to the present, documenting the trials and tribulations of theband and their personal lives." -Bob Morgan, Scenepointblank.com
"The new book, Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, is a comprehensiveoral history of the band's career, assembled by Rolling Stone writerGreg Prato." -Rolling Stone
"'Too High To Die: Meet The MeatPuppets' is one of the most adventurous and ultimately satisfyingliterary journeys about rock 'n' roll that I've ever experienced. I'mreally hoping that a film adaptation is in the works...." -The ImpalerSpeaks (theimpalerspeaks.com)
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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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