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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 Launches New Issue With a Bang

Lit journal Slake throws a big to-do every time they launch a new issue, and the events are becoming something of a staple with the local literati. Friday night the mag took over the Atwater Crossing courtyard to celebrate issue #3, and FishbowlLA braved the weekend’s heatwave to work the crowd.

More pics from Friday’s festivities 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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