Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 2 at Le Poisson Rouge: NYC Launch for Mike Watt: On and Off Bass with Hellride East (Mike Watt, J Mascis & Murph), Appomattox, Dead Trend & Special Guests

It's almost here! The rockin' NYC launch for Three Rooms Press' new book "Mike Watt: On and Off Bass" by punk bass legend Mike Watt.

On Wednesday, May 2nd, 7 p.m., Three Rooms Press presents the NYC book launch for “Mike Watt: On and Off Bass” at Le Poisson Rouge. The event will feature live performances by HELLRIDE EAST feat. Mike Watt + J Mascis + Murph (of Dinosaur Jr.), with opening acts Appomattox and Dead Trend, plus additional very special guests. The new book will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are going fast. Be sure to get yours in advance.

Le Poisson Rouge: 158 Bleecker Street | NYC | 212-505-FISH | lepoissonrouge.com 

Folks are already raving about the book. The New Yorker calls it "beautiful and unusual." LA Weekly says "the photos are strikingly inventive, revealing yet another side of this modern-day Renaissance man."

Mike Watt got his musical start thumping the bass with legendary San Pedro punk trio, The Minutemen in 1980 and he has been at it ever since. Over the years, he’s toured with Dos, fIREHOSE, his own The Black Gang, The Secondmen, The Missingmen, and others, and he has worked bass as a sideman for Porno for Pyros, J Mascis and the Fog, as well as punk godfathers The Stooges. Off the road, at his beloved San Pedro, CA home base, Watt developed a deep interest in photography. In Spring 2010, Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, CA hosted an exhibit of his photos: “Mike Watt: Eye-Gifts from Pedro.” In “Mike Watt: On and Off Bass,” photographs that appeared in the exhibit are punctuated by Watt's poetry and snippets selected from 10 years of his diaries. Watt’s writing is insightful, funny, intimate and honest, as he explores topics like John Coltrane, long hauls and overcoming performance fears.
 “Mike Watt’s photos are the poetry of San Pedro...every time he goes out on that kayak he comes back with gold. These gorgeous images paired with the raw reflections of 3 decades on the road are sure to blow the minds of all who love punk rock and our beloved vision questing troubadour.” - Jack Black
“When you mix pirate, Pedro pix, music, d. boon forever, hard work, weird sincerity, good will, curiosity, love, and an adult moustache, what do you have? Poetry is the answer. Poetry poetry poetry. Watt Watt Watt!” - Richard Hell

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