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Posts Tagged ‘James Greer’

New Anthology Takes Aims at Progressive Rock Haters

We love the title of Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell‘s new anthology Yes Is The Answer. That’s because the “Yes” doubles as the name of a top band from the progressive era this collection of essays wholeheartedly defends.

Joining Weingarten and Cornell Thursday June 13 at Skylight Books in Los Feliz for a 7:30 p.m. reading-signing event will be contributors John Albert (former member of the bands Christian Death, Bad Religion), James Greer and Margaret Wappler. From Weingarten’s book intro:

The haters weren’t all wrong, of course. Prog was ridiculous. But never underestimate a young boy’s finely honed sense of irony. We loved some of this stuff precisely because it was overblown. It’s kind of like when Evel Knievel jumped over thirty cars – you mean, he did that? We would laugh at some passages, marvel at others – it was all part of the ongoing conversation about Prog.

And yes, it was pretentious. That’s why we liked Prog Rock; it strived for something beyond what we were hearing on AM radio. We didn’t give a damn about rock’s first principles, all that three chords and the truth business; give us Prog Rock’s grandeur, its mushy mysticism, its blissed-out mystery.

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Slake ‘War and Peace’ Reading Tonight at Skylight

It’s been a little over a year since LA’s only lit mag Slake made its debut. And tonight marks another milestone. The mag will be holding the first reading for its third issue “War and Peace” tonight at 7:30 at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. We’re told there will be free fancypants coffee and readings by James Greer, John Waldman and Ernest Hardy among others.

Slake is also having a second reading on Sunday at Vroman’s, featuring two generations of Coopers–both Marc Cooper and his daughter, author Natasha Vargas-Cooper, will be reading.

Big weekend for Slake. More info here.

Slake to Take Part in Good Weekend

As we previously told you about, Good magazine is throwing a party this weekend in Atwater Village for the debut of its Los Angeles issue. What we negelected to inform you is that everyone’s favorite LA lit journal Slake will be there. This Saturday night, starting at 5 P.M., Slake will feature readings from Lauren Weedman, Justin Warfield, James Greer, and Judith Lewis Mernit. The lovely Georgia and Alie, of meat cocktail fame, will be preparing cocktails for the very brave.

The whole event is free, but you have to RSVP here. Do it now! Or no meat cocktails for you.

Press release after the jump:

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Slake Launch Party Draws Ginormous Crowd

Local literary journal Slake celebrated the publication on its second issue with a bash at the Track 16 art gallery in Santa Monica. Well over 700 partygoers showed for the shindig, which included readings by Slake contributors Rachel Resnick, James Greer, John Albert, Amy Scattergood, and FishbowlLA’s own Matthew Fleischer. We were bursting with pride over our little Matty, who drew laughs and hoots from the crowd with his reading of “Mushrooms to Mecca.” An excerpt:

In some countries they call pigeons squab and eat them as a delicacy. In America, we tend to let them feed on our scraps and then get pissed when they shit on our cars — a resource turned into a filthy, disease-ridden nuisance. You can learn a lot about a place by its birds.

And here’s our editor celebrating a reading well read. More pics after the jump.

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