Stereo Embers The Podcast: John Andrew Fredrick (the black watch, The King of Good Intentions III)

Written by on 09/13/2023

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“The King Of Good Intentions III”

John Andrew Fredrick is the author of several books, including one on the early films of Wes Anderson, but he also happens to be the braintrust of the beloved band the black watch, whose extensive body of work is an endless orchard of sonic joy. If you know their work, you know the deal. If you don’t, jump in and grab anything they’ve ever done and work your way forwards and backwards through their nearly 30 album discography–you will not be disappointed. As for John’s The King of Good Intentions trilogy, in Part 3, which is the final volume of the series,Fredrick continues to chronicles the misadventures of the ’90s indie rock outfit The Weird Sisters and there’s a great deal to chronicle: love, love triangles, misunderstandings, madcap episodes and utter rock and roll chaos. The Virginia-born, but Southern California dwelling Fredrick writes with undeniable narrative velocity, comedic charm and a big, big heart. His sentences are fresh and vibrant and it’s hard to think of anyone who can craft a better paragraph–the language here is elastic, joyful and commanding and every page sparks with literary momentum.

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