Meat Puppets Biography Out In June

    The Meat Puppets often get overshadowed, ironically, by their influence on Kurt Cobain. The fact is, though, that long before Cobain covered “Oh Me” or “Plateau” the Meat Puppets were a fundamental fixture on the ’80s college rock scene (definitely the most fundamental band from Phoenix). Now, the Kirkwood brothers are getting their story told in book form with Too High To Die: Meet the Meat Puppets by Greg Prato. It features interviews with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Dinosaur Jr’s J. Mascis, Minor Threat/Fugazi’s Ian Mackaye, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, The Minutemen’s Mike Watt, and more. Guitarist Curt Kirkwood has this to say about the strange experience of reading his own biography:

    “It’s a very strange, wonderful experience to read…I love the way it flows…a linear time capsule compendium of the band’s past…so many perspectives tied together so well. I feel like I’ve been hanging out in these scenes just yesterday. Folks I know well and folks I’ve never even met giving me insights and perspectives on the band and myself that I’ve never considered or been aware of. Eerie and fun to find myself so captivated reading about something that has held me captive for my entire adult life…sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. This is giving me a glimpse of the forest…thanks for the bitchin’ experience.”

    The book will be available starting June 1. [SlicingUpEyeballs]