See, two authors who wrote about similiar subjects can actually respect each other…or can they?
(We need balloons here…Tom, help…) (I’m thinking, “Bozo,” and Mark’s thinking, “Hack.” Yeah, good times.)
Nice interview, but I have to clarify some things:
1) Sixth question. I said, “Everett True,” not “Edward Shrew.” Kinda funny, though.
2) Fourth question. I said, “North End of Seattle,” not “North Seattle.”
3) Throughout. The band “TAD” should be spelled all in caps.
4) Second question. The reference to the U-Men not ‘making out of Seattle’ should not be taken literally, since they obviously toured around the country.
4) Seventh question. I said Walter E. Gogh wrote a letter to the Rocket about his alleged death, not with a phone call.
5) Third question. The “early punk scene” I’m referring to is a general reference…meaning that punk rock had so many rules…it’s not directed specifically at Seattle.
6) Same question. Yeah, I know Soundgarden liked Bauhaus…again, not to be taken literally.
First, from Senor Morgan. Rob entertained the crowd with “back in the day” stories from his old U-District house, where the Ramones, Blondie, and the Tubes would come visit. When Rob and his friends were bored (which was most of the time), they made up games (for you young kids, this was way before video games–even “Pong.”) One of them was called “Jump On All the Metal Things.”
Rob describes it: “You’d hop down the street, going for those weird metal plates over meters and manhole covers and whatever, trying not to touch the actual pavement. Whoever touched the ground the least won.”
The crowd (and the bookstore rep) nearly peed their pants over that one.
During the Q&A portion, an audience member directed a question at Jack Endino. She mentioned that “Dancing With the Stars” had apparently been featuring retro-’80s music recently, and she asked him if they would be doing grunge next.
“Dancing With the Stars” and Jack don’t exactly mix…it’s like me and Disney…they’re in a different universe.
One thing I do know about Jack is that he’s not exactly a remote-toting couch potato kind of guy…he works most of the time, and avoids TV like the plague. So, I glanced over at him while she asked the question, stifling my laughter as I watched his facial expression turn to puzzlement.
He leaned forward to the mike, and said something like, ‘Is that a TV show?’
As Scott Boras would say, “Next question.”
at Two Bells Tavern, Belltown. If you read my book, you’ll notice I spend more time on the U-Men than any other band–and that includes Nirvana. So, yeah, it’s pretty cool chatting with the U-Men’s bass player over a beer. Plus, the bar played Deep Purple (“Hush”) and Led Zeppelin (“What Is and What Should Never Be?”) in the background. What’s not to like?
Another shot of Jim and I…in Charles Peterson style…