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Rock On the Talks: June 25 – July 6

by on Jun.25, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Rock On the Talks: June 25 – July 6

6/25 - Blues Traveler - Live With Kelly
6/25 - the Offspring - Jimmy Kimmel Live
6/25 - Melvins - Last Call With Carson Daly (R-5/21/12)
6/28 - Tenacious D - The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
6/27 & 6/28 - Linkin Park - Jimmy Kimmel Live
7/2 - Cake - Conan (R-2/16/12)
7/3 - John Mayer - Late Show With David Letterman (R-5/17/12)
7/4 - the Offspring - Jimmy Kimmel Live (R-6/25/12)
7/6 -  Tenacious D - Late Show With David Letterman (R-5/14/12)
7/6 - Linkin Park - Jimmy Kimmel Live (R-6/28/12)


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Nirvana News: Hole Guitarist Eric Erlandson to release new book ‘Letters to Kurt’, Melvins van decorated by Kurt Cobain up for sale on Ebay

by on Mar.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Nirvana News: Hole Guitarist Eric Erlandson to release new book ‘Letters to Kurt’, Melvins van decorated by Kurt Cobain up for sale on Ebay

"Letters To Kurt" by Eric Erlandson, guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the band Hole, will be published on April 8 by Asashic Books.

Erlandson wrote the book as an elegy for his friend, late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The book is formed from 52 letters, and is an anguished, angry, and bleeding-heart meditation on rock 'n' roll, sex, suicide, and the questions that follow.

"It just wasn't feeling right to write a memoir-style book, and this one just came out of me a couple years ago," Erlandson said in an interview with The New York Times. "It felt like the right way to go, but at the same time, I had a lot of hesitation. At some point, it just started to click, and I started to honor it."

"I see these letters as songs; a fifty-two-card pick-up," said Erlandson, who studied writing in the years following Hole and found inspiration in the work of Jim Harrison, Patti Smith, and Charles Bukowski. "In no way do I intend to glorify or romanticize Kurt's chosen way out, nor make light of it . . . I thought if I could sort out my struggles and disappointments, face my demons, maybe I would be in a position to help others."

Erlandson has major book events scheduled in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco, with more to follow.

Erlandson was born and raised in San Pedro, California. He is best known as co-founder, songwriter, and lead guitarist of the alternative rock band Hole, which he formed with Courtney Love. Their albums "Pretty on the Inside", "Live Through This" and "Celebrity Skin" achieved international recognition and success. "Live Through This" was named one of the top 100 albums of all time by Time magazine. Since the breakup of the band in 2002, Erlandson has been involved in a number of musical and literary projects. He has a BS in Economics from Loyola Marymount University and practices Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. He currently lives in Los Angeles. For more info on the book go to

Eric Erlandson book events:

March 29 at 7 p.m.
Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

April 5 at 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 East 17th St.
New York, NY

Upstairs at the Square presents a conversation with Eric Erlandson, followed by musical performances by Eric Erlandson & Melissa Auf der Maur

April 8 at 6 p.m.
Basilica at 6 p.m.
110 Front St.
Hudson, NY

Reading by Eric Erlandson, music by Melissa Auf der Maur, Eric Erlandson, and Patty Schemel, and a screening of "Hit So Hard".

April 23 at 8 p.m.
366 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

April 26 at 7 p.m.
City Lights
261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco

Kurt Cobain was a huge fan of the Melvins before he joined Nirvana. The Melvins were a then up-and-coming local band from Montesano, Washington, who equally enjoyed punk rock and heavy metal and helped create "grunge" in the process.

Cobain drew a "Kiss mural" on the side of the Melvins' van and also chauffeured the band to their shows. Now you can own the "Melvan" (a beat-up 1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van) as it's up for auction on eBay.

Ben Berg, who plays bass in the group Weird Beast has been in possession of the vehicle since around 1992 and is the seller. "When I turned 16, I got the van from Kay Lukin, who is Matt Lukin's mother (Matt was the Melvins' original bassist). It was a gift mainly. You've got to understand, I was just this huge Melvins fan. They were like gods to me."

"When I found out that their old tour van was parked somewhere on the outskirts of Montesano, it was like a little pilgrimage for me, because I couldn't drive at the time. To actually go out and sit in this thing was like a wet dream. And Kay could see my enthusiasm and my pure awe over her son's old band. It had been sitting on their property for a few years. They didn't know what to do with it, so she made one of my dreams come true. That was my first car, dude!"

After Berg obtained the van, he discovered that it also had a connection to Nirvana. "I had no idea that Kurt was even affiliated with that van until well after it was in my possession. I was told that the Kiss mural was drawn by Kurt Cobain and it was done in Sharpie markers that he shoplifted. I was also told that he used to drive the Melvins around to their shows in the area. I think Kurt's name is carved somewhere in the van, as well. I don't know the exact location. I know that Krist Novoselic's name is carved in there. Dale Crover's name from the Melvins is carved in there."

When asked about the mileage on the van Berg said, "Oh god, it's off the chart. When the Melvins had it, they actually used it on their first US tour. They went all the way over to the East Coast in it. Buzz (Osborne) told me one time that somewhere on that tour; they woke up to Lukin trying to put out a fire in the engine. It hasn't been started for years. It can run – it needs to be totally gone through. It needs a major overhaul. But it can be done."

"It's on eBay reserved at $150,000. If it's somebody with money right now that wants to contact me, I would let it go for like $135,000." Bidding is set to close on March 13th.

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