Les Claypool & Larry LaLonde celebrate the release of "Primus: Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool"
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:00 P.M., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
City Lights in conjunction with Akashic Books and Doc's Lab present
The San Francisco launch of Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine, featuring Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, and more TBA.
Location: Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
Advanced ticketing is required for this event. Tickets are free but only available at the front counter of City Lights beginning on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations taken over the phone. Call 415-362-8193 to inquire about ticket availability before dropping by.
"Tommy the Cat." "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." "My Name Is Mud." Yessiree, PRIMUS is responsible for some of the most cutting edge and original rock music of the 1990s. Although originally formed in 1984, it was not until shortly before the end of the decade that the classic Primus lineup featuring Les Claypool (bass/vocals), Larry LaLonde (guitar), and Tim Alexander (drums) was solidified. With most hard rock/heavy metal acts at the time either neatly falling into either "thrash" or "glam" categories, Primus joined a variety of underground bands that refused to be pigeonholed (and by the early '90s, had fully infiltrated the mainstream)—merging metal, funk, alternative, punk, country, roots rock, and experimental music, along with Claypool's penchant for witty and often humorous storytelling lyrics. Building a large and loyal following first in and around San Francisco (before eventually, going global), Primus kicked things off with a string of releases that are now considered classic alt-rock titles: Suck on This, Frizzle Fry, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, and Tales from the Punchbowl. Along the way, Primus toured with some of rock's biggest names (Jane's Addiction, Public Enemy, Rush, U2, etc.), headlined the third Lollapalooza Festival, and issued a variety of crafty music videos, which stood out in sharp contrast to the ultra-seriousness of most other video clips at the time. Primus, with Greg Prato, is the coauthor of Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool.