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Date Posted: 06:35:57 05/20/03 Tue
Author: Steve Yates
Subject: Monks in Mojo Magazine

I thought you might be interested that this month's Mojo (the one with Led Zeppelin on the cover) mention The Monks in their feature on garage rock. They list the 10 most extreme garage bands to come out of the US and The Monks are included. Here's what they said:

The most outrageous American garage band never even performed in the US in the '60s. Formed by GIs stationed in Germany, the Monks dressed in monk robes, shaved their heads into monk haircuts and played harsh, minimalist proto-punk songs like Shut Up and I Hate You with hellish feedback, devil's organ and electric banjo on their sole album, 1966's Black Monk Time. They broke up in 1967 on the verge of an Asian tour that would've taken them to Vietnam.

Where are they now:

The group re-formed to record a live album at Cavestomp '99. Bassist Eddie Shaw co-wrote an entertaining memoir, also called Black Monk Time (1994), with his first wife, Anita Klemke. Recently remarried, Black Monk Time has been optioned for a movie. A new book, Beltrami's River: In Search Of The Source, is due this summer.

There's also a nice picture of the Monks with it.

It's a shame there's nothing by The Monks on the free CD, but there are some other garage rock gems that probably make it worth buying.

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