With his band, Primus, bassist Les Claypool not only helped bring alt-rock to the world in the early 1990s, but also infused the music scene with tunes that were fun, funky, experimental, and one of a kind.
The group’s influence is significant, making it the perfect subject for a book. And now one has arrived — Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool.
The book is an oral history with a wealth of previously untold stories and unseen photographs. And the interviews are plentiful — more than 50 of them, with Claypool, Rush’s Geddy Lee, and Phish’s Trey Anastasio, who said, “At Phish practice, we used to listen to Sailing the Seas of Cheese… [Les] is the most unique bass player.”
Other musicians interviewed include The Police drummer Stewart Copeland, who also played with Claypool and Anastasio in Oysterhead; My Morning Jacket bassist Tom Blankenship; Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, who went to high school with Claypool; Mike Watt, bassist for the Minutemen, fIREHOSE and the Stooges; Robert Trujillo, Metallica bassist; and legendary singer/songwriter/producer Tom Waits.
Greg Prato, who composed the book in affiliation with Primus, has written for magazines like Rolling Stone and written a number of rock books, including Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music and Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets.