Seattle Book Panel Update

Posted: September 8, 2011 in Seattle Events

Strangest Tribe reading followed by a Q&A session with Seattle musicians/producers.

The Elliott Bay Book Company, Capitol Hill, Seattle; Wednesday, October 19, 7 pm.

Looks like we’ve nailed down five panelists for the Q&A session.  I’m damn lucky to get these people:

1) Jack Endino.  In addition to playing guitar in Skin Yard and drumming for Crypt Kicker 5, Jack has produced pretty much every grunge band that came through Seattle including: Mudhoney, Green River, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and TAD.  Jack is incredibly bright, and incisive.

2) Tom Price.  Tom played guitar with the U-Men, a band I wrote about more than any other.  I interviewed about 120 people, and the U-Men finished number one in terms of influence upon the local music community.  That influence encompassed musical approach, punk rock craziness, and inspiration to tour beyond the Northwest.  Oh yeah, Tom was also in Gas Huffer.  They were pretty good, too.

3) Rob Morgan. Rob traces his roots back to the early days of Seattle punk.  He has pretty much seen it all…the lean times, the grunge explosion and backlash, and Seattle’s modern yuppification.  He has fronted the Pudz, and the long-running mash-up band, the Squirrels.  He is witty, brilliant, and hysterical.

4) John Leighton Beezer.  Leighton’s Thrown Ups embodied the spirit of grunge.  Here was an improvisational punk band that played loud and sloppy.  What?  Did I say improvisational punk band?  He and Rob can compete for the “Funniest Person in Seattle” award.  (Leighton wanted to retitle my book The Dumbest Club.  I think it’s great, but the publisher may have had a problem with it.)

5) Mystery guest.  No, it’s not Dwight Schrute.  It’s Steve Fisk, producer and musician.  He has produced Screaming Trees, Soundgarden, and Nirvana.  Furthermore, Steve, along with fellow Evergreeners (i.e., Olympia’s Evergreen State College) John Foster, Dana Squires, Bruce Pavitt, Calvin Johnson, and others, helped shape the early Olympia aesthetic that championed independent music.

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