By Greg Prato
Some of the most tragic tales of the 1990’s rock international used to be that of singer Shannon Hoon, and his band, Blind Melon. regardless of scoring one of many decade’s so much enduring singles and movies, “No Rain,”and a quadruple platinum hit with their 1992 self-titled debut album (in addition to traveling along rock’s greatest names), Hoon couldn't conquer a perilous drug habit. in simple terms documents right into a promising occupation, Hoon used to be useless from an overdose on the age of 28. ‘A satan on One Shoulder and an Angel at the Other’ is the 1st e-book to inform the group’s story—culled from over 50 particular interviews (including the surviving band individuals and people closest to the band) and that includes many never-before-seen pictures. “I am commemorated that Greg has painstakingly accounted for what the hell occurred in the course of these loopy occasions. He has summed up all of the chaos, jubilation, and paranoia that's Blind Melon.” -Brad Smith, Blind Melon bassist
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One of us (Pinch) bought his first short-wave receiver from a war-surplus store in a provincial city in the UK. It was an R1155 set that had been stripped from a Lancaster bomber and had the words “Eager Beaver” etched above the giant tuning dial on the front panel. This receiver could tune in all sorts of illicit stuff, like Radio Havana. ” As a bonus, you could also imagine you were bombing Berlin. If your interest was in making electronic sound effects, the surplus stuff was invaluable. Synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla told us how the San Francisco Tape Center, one of the main venues on the West Coast for making electronic music in the early 1960s, used war-surplus gun sights and test equipment.
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