Sunday, November 18, 2007

Chris Mars and Johnny Thunders

In honor of the new book ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTING: An Oral History of The Replacements by Jim Walsh I dug out this photo featuring original 'Mats drummer Chris Mars.

Booted from the group after recording their final album – 'All Shook Down' – Mars embarked on a solo career that resulted in one terrific album, 1992's 'Horseshoes and Hand Grenades', as well as a few more follow-ups. He eventually left the music world behind and turned his attention to an art career that has continued to flourish. (I'm proud to say I have a Mars original – a drawing of Fred Flintstone – on the back of an "Alex Chilton" 12" single.)

Mars recently wrapped an exhibition at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City and has several more exhibits scheduled in the coming months and years.

The photo was sent to ER HQ back in the early 90s after I mailed Mars a copy of ER #36 which featured a review of 'Horseshoes...' and a Johnny Thunders release, hence the Thunders-inspired inscription.

Check out his website at Chris Mars Publishing.

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