Touring the Feedback Lounge With Jeff Gilbert

Posted: October 18, 2011 in Seattle Events

Took a drive over to West Seattle last night to check out Jeff Gilbert’s Feedback Lounge, the site of tonight’s book launch party.  His place is amazing–black walls covered with rock paintings and memorabilia of everyone from Soundgarden to Motley Crue to Iggy Pop to Johnny Ramone to the Beatles to the Who.  I found out Jeff is a big Who fan.  Jeff has some iconic Who posters like “Maximum R&B” and “This Guitar Has Seconds to Live.”  As I told him (and we both agreed), “How can anybody not like the Who?”

Jeff has some rare photos of the Beatles on their 1964 U.S. tour, I believe.  In one amazing shot, Ringo Starr’s gaze meets the photographer’s from behind his drum kit.  I found out that Soundgarden’s Ben Shepherd semi-attempted to light the SG painting on fire.

Oh yeah, almost forgot…Jeff has a painting of Johnny Ramone.  You can’t see his face, or even his hair very much–but you know it’s him.  Nobody else played guitar in that stance.  Back in 1977, Seattle’s Meyce (pronounced M-I-C-E) opened for the Ramones at the city’s upscale Olympic Hotel (now the Fairmont Olympic).  The Meyce’s Paul Hood sent me a photo of Johnny playing at that gig…in that exact same stance.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to tonight.  I’ll do a signing from 7 to 7:30 or so, followed by rock trivia night starring my book from 7:45 to 9:30.  Then, we will be graced by the Tom Price Desert Classic.  Tom has of course played in the legendary U-Men as well as Psychopop, Monkeywrench, Kings of Rock, Cat Butt, and Gas Huffer (am I missing anything, Tom?).

Hope to see you all there.

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