NICKELS & DIMES

Breaking down the Minutemen

Pitchfork scribe Michael T. Fournier teaches a course on the history of punk rock at Tufts, so perhaps it’s not surprising that his recent book on the Minutemen album Double Nickels on the Dime—part of Continuum’s celebrated 33 1/3 series of album explorations—takes a rather scholarly approach to the influential SoCal band’s defining document: Fournier wends his way through each of the 1984 set’s four dozen songs, unpacking the often-surprising ideas and influences and inspirations that combined for each in the restless minds of guitarist D. Boon, drummer George Hurley, and bassist Mike Watt, the latter of whom Fournier visited in San Pedro for an in-depth interview. For this reading, Barbès promises a multimedia component, which may or may not consist of Fournier’s rumored-to-be-killer Watt impression.
Sun., Jan. 4, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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