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    Q&A WITH LARRY LIVERMORE AT PUNKNEWS.ORG
    June 20, 2013

    Livermore just released his memoir Spy Rock Memories on June 4, 2013. Here's a brief description of the book:

    In 1982 Larry Livermore, ex-greaser, post-hippie, burnt out and disillusioned by the Bay Area punk scene, journeyed north into an off the map, off the grid mountain wilderness that lay at the heart of California's Emerald Triangle in search of something "real." Things got way more real than he'd bargained for, as he ended up confronting blizzards, droughts, floods, fires, marauding bears, skunks, rattlesnakes, and a posse of ornery pot growers, all while launching a magazine, a solar-powered punk rock band, and the DIY record label that introduced the world to the likes of Green Day, Operation Ivy, and Screeching Weasel. As he learned valuable lessons in self-sufficiency, taking responsibility, and how to avoid (for the most part but not always) getting punched in the face by irate hippies, Larry also found his place and made his home in the far-flung, disjointed and eccentric community he encountered in the anarchic realm that begins where Highway 101's tattered tarmac dissolves into the dust of Spy Rock Road.

    Q: I realize Tre is awfully busy these days, but are there any plans for the Lookouts? For example, might you release the B-sides from the IV recording sessions (such as your cover of "House of the Rising Sun")? You were right when you said that the Lookouts were really hitting their stride by the IV EP, so it would be great to hear any material that still exists.

    A:Yeah, we talk about a Lookouts reunion every couple years, but nothing ever seems to come of it. Tre's actually pretty into it, or at least he's said so several times, but Kain lives in Hawaii, and hasn't been involved that much in music for a while that I know of.

    We'd like to re-release all the Lookouts material from Spy Rock Road on, including the 7"s and the compilation tracks, but it seems to be one of those things that maybe will happen one day, or maybe not. But the outtakes from the IV sessions that haven't already been mixed and mastered are probably lost now, because they were on analog tape that may no longer be salvageable, if in fact anybody even knows exactly where it is.

    Interesting trivia point, though: the IV sessions in 1990 were the first time Billie Joe and Tre ever played music together (as some of you may not know, Billie played guitar and sang backup on three of the songs, plus a couple other songs that later appeared on compilations). I recently reminded Billie of that and he was all arguing "No it wasn't!" but eventually he had to admit I was right

    Full Q&A at Punknews.org: HERE

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on June 20, 2013

Livermore just released his memoir Spy Rock Memories on June 4, 2013. Here's a brief description of the book:

In 1982 Larry Livermore, ex-greaser, post-hippie, burnt out and disillusioned by the Bay Area punk scene, journeyed north into an off the map, off the grid mountain wilderness that lay at the heart of California's Emerald Triangle in search of something "real." Things got way more real than he'd bargained for, as he ended up confronting blizzards, droughts, floods, fires, marauding bears, skunks, rattlesnakes, and a posse of ornery pot growers, all while launching a magazine, a solar-powered punk rock band, and the DIY record label that introduced the world to the likes of Green Day, Operation Ivy, and Screeching Weasel. As he learned valuable lessons in self-sufficiency, taking responsibility, and how to avoid (for the most part but not always) getting punched in the face by irate hippies, Larry also found his place and made his home in the far-flung, disjointed and eccentric community he encountered in the anarchic realm that begins where Highway 101's tattered tarmac dissolves into the dust of Spy Rock Road.

Q: I realize Tre is awfully busy these days, but are there any plans for the Lookouts? For example, might you release the B-sides from the IV recording sessions (such as your cover of "House of the Rising Sun")? You were right when you said that the Lookouts were really hitting their stride by the IV EP, so it would be great to hear any material that still exists.

A:Yeah, we talk about a Lookouts reunion every couple years, but nothing ever seems to come of it. Tre's actually pretty into it, or at least he's said so several times, but Kain lives in Hawaii, and hasn't been involved that much in music for a while that I know of.

We'd like to re-release all the Lookouts material from Spy Rock Road on, including the 7"s and the compilation tracks, but it seems to be one of those things that maybe will happen one day, or maybe not. But the outtakes from the IV sessions that haven't already been mixed and mastered are probably lost now, because they were on analog tape that may no longer be salvageable, if in fact anybody even knows exactly where it is.

Interesting trivia point, though: the IV sessions in 1990 were the first time Billie Joe and Tre ever played music together (as some of you may not know, Billie played guitar and sang backup on three of the songs, plus a couple other songs that later appeared on compilations). I recently reminded Billie of that and he was all arguing "No it wasn't!" but eventually he had to admit I was right

Full Q&A at Punknews.org: HERE