News-New Primus/Les Claypool book released

PrimusNew Primus/Les Claypool book released

Behind-the-scenes publication to be followed by new record, tour

By Mindy Rochwerg
September 16, 2014

Acclaimed music journalist Greg Prato has assembled an oral history of the band Primus in his new book, Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool. Prato compiled the history by conducting numerous interviews with both previous and current members of the band. According to, Prato also talked with Trey Anastasio (Phish), Matthew Bellamy (Muse), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Geddy Lee (Rush), Mickey Melchiondo (Ween), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Matt Stone (South Park) and many more.

Described as a “collusive blend of progressive rock, funk, metal, punk rock and psych” by Craig Terlino in his June 2013 piece on, Primus helped pave the way for alternative rock in the early ‘90s, along with Nirvana, the Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction and other bands.  Les Claypool, bassist and lead vocalist, when asked by Terlino about his unconventional playing, responded, “I got the ‘pumping and the flucking,’ as it’s called, from watching guys like Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, you know? Then someone in the ‘90s said let’s call it ‘slap bass.’  For me, the bass happens to be the crayon I picked out of the box. If I picked up the guitar, the banjo, the trumpet, similar sounds would be coming out of me. That’s just what I chose to paint my pictures with – the bass.”

On the heels of the book, Primus will release a new record, Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, October 21, followed by a 22-city tour. First stop – the Tower Theater in Philadelphia. The tour will include a special Halloween show at New York City’s Beacon Theater.


Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine:
Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool

is available here:


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