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Steve Poltz vs. Eddie “Pretentious” Vedder

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This blog has evolved into a venue for polemics and more “serious” issues, however, every now and then there needs to be a little fun. In early July my friends Christi & Matt (Matt’s a former bandmate) invited over Steve Poltz, formerly of The Rugburns, to their house for a “Living Room Party.”

Friends and former Romeo’s Disciples Matt, Layne, & Doug all attended, and not only that, Steve rocked. But I especially came to hear Steve’s anthem against rock pretention, “Me and Eddie Vedder.” The song has been one of my favorites to cover at open mikes. Thus, below, Steve dedicates a song to the man!

See Sean Beaudoin’s The Ten Bands I Will Be Forced to Listen to in Hell, and guess what band adds the exclamation point?

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July 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

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Experienced: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction

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 At The Nervous Breakdown I write about Experienced: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction, a rock ‘n’ roll anthology edited by Roland Goity and John Ottey and published by Vagabondage Press, that combines memoir, journalism, and short story. The writers are Jim DeRogatis, Fred de Vries, Sean Ennis, Laurel Gilbert, Brian Goetz, James Greer, Ed Hamilton, Harold Jaffe, Brad Kava, David Menconi, Adam Moorad, Corey Mesler, Scott Nicholson, Carl Peel, J.T. Townley, and Timothy Weed.

“…The anthology fits my world. I’ve tasted more embarassment than “fame” as a bass player in a Seattle band whose accomplishments were a write-up in The Stranger, some college radio air time (both due to having contacts), and gigs at a couple decent clubs, one or two where strangers outnumbered friends. Anyone who loves music can understand the pull of this world of fantasy and reality; Experienced revisits and expands this dream.

James Greer opens with “Hunting Accidents”, a foray into the two years he played bass for cult group Guided By Voices, and the book he subsequently wrote, Guided By Voices: A Brief History….(Read entire article here)

DISCLOSURE: Caleb Powell has been published by Roland Goity and was solicited for this review.