Books — May 15, 2012 at 7:00 am

Meat Puppets’ story to be told in authorized biography ‘Too High To Die’ by Greg Prato

The story of the Meat Puppets will be told through new interviews with Peter Buck, J Mascis, Ian MacKaye, Flea, Henry Rollins, Lee Ranaldo, Mike Watt and more in Greg Prato’s new authorized, 407-page oral history of the legendary indie-rockers, “Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets,” due out June 1.

According to a news release, Prato, a journalist and longtime fan, wrote the book with the band’s full cooperation. The book covers “the writing/recording of such classic albums as Meat Puppets II and Up on the Sun, the group’s appearance on Nirvana’s classic ‘MTV Unplugged’ episode, the story behind their breakthrough hit single ‘Backwater,’ and how the Kirkwood brothers reunited in 2006, after being apart for nearly a decade.”

Curt Kirkwood is quoted on the book’s back cover:

“It’s a very strange, wonderful experience to read…I love the way it flows…a linear time capsule compendium of the band’s past…so many perspectives tied together so well. I feel like I’ve been hanging out in these scenes just yesterday. Folks I know well and folks I’ve never even met giving me insights and perspectives on the band and myself that I’ve never considered or been aware of. Eerie and fun to find myself so captivated reading about something that has held me captive for my entire adult life…sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. This is giving me a glimpse of the forest…thanks for the bitchin’ experience.”

The book, priced at $24.99, is available for pre-order at





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