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Click here to listen to The Binge interview Ed Decker
Listen to Ed Decker on 94.9fm The Local Pyle with Tim Pyles.
TR: Good job on getting the cover story with Tenacious D. How did the interview go?
ED: It went as terribly as an interview can go. No surprise really, I was looking forward to it. I’m a big fan of their stuff and I felt we shared the same sense of humor. But the minute you start looking forward to a big interview is the minute it becomes doomed – especially if you are a fan.
Rock journalism is not what it used to be. It has become a grind. It’s why music writers like the late Lester Bangs and Richard Meltzer were/are so bitter. The energy was sorta sucked right out of it. Just like the energy of F.M. radio was sucked out. Just like the energy of the internet will eventually be sucked out.
Terrie Relf: How did you come to be part of the local “poetry scene”?
Ed Decker: I don’t know. I never cared much for poets or poetry. I know that seems strange seeing as how I love to write poems, and I occasionally indulge in a poetry reading. But my feeling is that when you read a poem aloud, you inject yourself into it – and that’s not good for the poem.
TR: So who–or what–moves you to write?
ED: Here’s a list: New Orleans, Jitterbug Perfume, Ray Davies, Cuzco, Peru, The Stranger, all historical witch hunts (McCarthy hearings, Salem trials etc.), N.W.A., every single woman who let me sleep with her, George Fucking Carlin, Amsterdam, Holland, Richard Brautigan, Flannery O’Connor, Drugs and booze and rock and roll, Fahrenheit 451, Bukowski, The Coliseum, Steven Wright, Jon Krakauer, Denali, Alaska, Japanese horror movies, Rome, Pompeii, and Albanella Italy, Country Fucking Dick Montana, The Bacchanal, and Mad Magazine.
Click below to see Ed’s appearance on Fox TV’s FoxRox Thanksgiving Day Special of November 2006.
Book Review of Barzilla and Other Psalms
It Means Something
by Tony Phillips
CityBeat readers know Ed from such sordid classics as “kids would be better off if their parents gave them booze” and “Matisyahu is a big stupid Jew.” I enjoy his columns. They are relevant, personal and, as Ed himself might write, all stream-of-consciousnessy. They lay bare the soul of the troubled, deviant, barely recovered degenerate that is our buddy, Edwin. But if you thought you’d gotten a glimpse of him from his columns, you should read his poetry.
‘Barzilla’ attacks Winstons with sharp wit
by Sebastian Ruiz
November 09, 2006
The bar scene brings out some of the most interesting personalities in town every weekend and any bartender can testify to this phenomenon with countless tales of barfly antics. One such witness to debauchery is Ed Decker, local bartender and author of San Diego CityBEAT’s Sordid Tales column has compiled life lessons and late-night accounts into Barzilla and Other Psalms.
Decker will debut his first-ever book on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 9 p.m., at none other than Ocean Beach bar and music venue Winstons, 1921 Bacon St.
Published through Puna Press, Barzilla is a collection of what Decker calls “hack poetry” with cover artwork by David Lonteen. Each poem stays true to the voice Decker has developed through his CityBEAT opinion column. Decker’s humorous and often morbid prose speaks to life’s truths about death, romance and a dog named Rusty who sends postcards from Europe.
Edwin Decker Fouls His Own Easter Basket Again
Or, The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies [AAN] hates me
Back story: In 2002 the magazine that runs my column, San Diego CityBEAT, was up for admission into the AAN network. The AAN group (Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) is the definitive network of alternative weeklies around the country.
You’re really not considered legitimate until this organization accepts your paper. You have to meet certain criteria when you apply to AAN such as quality of coverage and size of distribution etc. When the publisher feels his or her paper meets the AAN standards, they apply for admission. Then the AAN committee reads the paper for a few months, votes to reject or accept, then posts an article explaining their decision. CityBEAT was accepted with flying colors. They had only one complaint about the magazine. It was a unanimous rail against one of the writers. Can you guess who?
Tracking the High Life, in All Its Sloppy Glory
By Peter Carlson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
One of my favorite features is “Sordid Tales of a Bartender in Heat,” a column in which Edwin Decker, a San Diego bartender with a wild wit, recalls the highs and lows of his career in mixology. The lows include some hair-raising bar fights:
“I’ve been attacked with an aluminum bat at Poppy’s Sports Bar, a Phillips screwdriver at Tony’s, a radio antenna at Winston’s, a tire iron at the Moonglow, a .38 Special at The Bacchanal, a bowling ball (yes) at Buffalo Joe’s, a two-by-four at the Night Owl, a splintered pool cue at Stingers and a steel dart at Chris’s Etc. Lounge.”