GUIDED BY BOB: A Salty Salute to GBV’s Birthday Boy Robert Pollard!

The critter tied me up for Halloween proper, so apologies for this being a day late. But what I lack in timeliness, I try to make up for in reading, viewing, and listening material. So, here’s the whole shebang of what I wrote in honor of Guided By Voices’ leader Bob Pollard’s birthday a couple of autumn’s back, plus a pair of interview features with the birthday boy himself I wrote for the Boston Phoenix and RollingStone.com back in the day. Just add two to his age and you’re good to go (even if he has released about a dozen albums since then)!

RPM: Jonathan Perry's Life in Analog

A Pollard-worthy collage of covers and more A Pollard-worthy collage of covers and more

Birthday Boy Bob: This photo was apparently taken during the seven second in between he wrote his last and next song, chugged six beers, and delivered a scissor kick onstage. Birthday Boy Bob: This photo was apparently taken during the seven seconds in between the time he wrote his last and next song, chugged six beers, and delivered a scissor kick onstage.

Another collage: Another collage: “Go Ahead It’s Good For You” (so is listening to copious amounts of GBV!)

Another collage cover for one of Bob's Another collage cover for one of Bob’s “imagined” albums and EPs. I love this guy!

“Good For The Inner Ear” collage (Yes, GBV is!); taken from Pollard’s “Town of Mirrors”

“Mod Rocket”: One of my favorite examples of one of Bob’s many cool collages he regularly compiles into his self-published “EAT” periodical of art, poems, stories, and lyrics.

“Random Nonsensical Fun Page”: The title of my original Bob Pollard collage, purchased at a charity auction designed to raise funds for a battered women’s shelter in Dayton, Ohio.

Early GBV publicity shot, mid-90s. Bob expects a chilly reception, perhaps? Early GBV publicity shot, mid-90s. Bob expects a chilly reception…

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