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I was curious if there will ever be a book in [your] future. I am extremely interested in the SST years. What was it like to produce for Soul Asylum? What do you think is the difference between indie bands now and the DIY ethic of those bands? —Rodger Ashworth, San Diego
There’s a saying I often think about: Never let your memories be greater than your dreams. Corny, perhaps, but it’s the main reason I have not seriously addressed the book offers. But, yes, at some quiet point in the far future, I will likely dust off the memory boxes and start writing. In the meantime, Henry Rollins’ Get in the Van and Joe Carducci’s Rock & the Pop Narcotic will give you a look into the SST era. Henry and Joe lived and worked at the nexus of the SST culture. There were several people involved, but my earliest recollections were of the two of them (along with Greg Ginn and Chuck Dukowski) as the day-to-day operators of SST, as well as keepers of the story.
The early Soul Asylum years were a joy for me. I was a fan of Loud Fast Rules, SA’s early incarnation, and had the pleasure of working with the band on one studio album. Much like how Black Flag brought me along for the ride, I tried to show Soul Asylum the path I knew. I am proud to have been a small part of their story.
The biggest difference between then and now? The Internet. I can make a flier for a show I’m doing next Saturday in D.C., and the whole world can find it online. I don’t need to go across the country, record store by store, to sell a seven-inch single on consignment to get gas money to the next town. (But I will, in a way, when I go on tour this October.) —Bob Mould