Sweet Apple’s J Mascis Remembers: Amma

sweetapplelogoSweet Apple is more than just a question of Cobra Verde’s John Petkovic and Tim Parnin having some teenage kicks with Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis and Witch’s Dave Sweetapple. It’s the answer to the heartache, grief and depression that led Petkovic to drive from Cleveland to Vermont, where he rediscovered the healing powers of rock ‘n’ roll with some help from his friends. Love & Desperation (Tee Pee) isn’t a fountain of youth, but it’ll do in a pinch: a combination of stomping ’70s arena-rock riffs, Petkovic’s well-honed T Rex swagger and Mascis’ hard-wired guitar leads servicing lurid tales of sex, drugs and vampires. The members of Sweet Apple will be guest editing all week. Read our Q&A with Petkovic.


Mascis: Amma is most often compared to Mother Teresa. She’s an Indian women who helps out many poor people in India, often times more than the government does. She’s also there to help people around the world. Even in America, she gave a million dollars to help victims of Katrina. Amma mostly helps people by touring around the world and hugging people. She’s hugged more than 25 million people so far in the 35 years she’s been at it. Listening to all these people’s problems and consoling them day after day is beyond amazing. I’m constantly inspired by the example Amma sets.

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