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Eddie Shaw

Eddie Shaw was bass participant in the Monks, among the strangest rock and roll sets of the ’60s, and even, ever. Shaving their minds into monk haircuts, this band of ex-American armed-services employees made severe and furious pre-punk music in Germany in the middle-’60s, documenting one record before splitting. Shaw continuing to try out music after time for the U.S., especially using the ’70s music group Copperhead, but continues to be most well-known for his stint in the Monks. Partly, that’s due to his publication about the Monks, Dark Monk Time, created (beneath the name Thomas Edward Shaw) along with his German ex-wife, Anita Klemke. That is among the great rock and roll autobiographies, looking back again at a remarkable period of lunacy — mainly using the Monks — with wit and candor. As rock and roll autobiographies move, it sticks out for a couple factors. The Monks, while not commercially effective, were an exceptionally interesting group which has not really been documented somewhere else; Shaw, getting known only on the cult level, got no particular cause to be guarded about his picture or superstar; and he, unlike many rock and roll music artists (and their collaborators/ghost authors) penning autobiographies, can in fact write well. Actually, Shaw also creates darkly humorous brief stories, many predicated on his encounters developing up in Nevada. Many were gathered in the 1992 anthology A Cowboy Like Me (Carsonstreet Posting), also released using the byline Thomas Edward Shaw.

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