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Jim Shepard


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Shepard’s piercing, feedback-intensive guitar and corrosive lyrical outlook, first documented on the barely released 1977 LP Slit and Pre-Slit. A series of releases followed — 1980’s The Live EP and 1981’s Smudge 7” among them — all barely heard or acknowledged outside of the Ohio underground community. Though recorded a good five or six years earlier, the live Under the Blood Red Lava Lamp cassette went unreleased until 1986, followed a year later by Basement 2115; only a subsequent feature in Forced Exposure magazine brought Shepard and Vertical Slit any kind of national attention , prompting collectors to begin futilely scouring bins for the band’s long-out-of-print releases. 1990’s Vertical Slit and Beyond assembled highlights from the group’s catalog, but excepting the 1991 cassette Your Wife Is Licking My Strobe Light and Grinning, Shepard now focused virtually all of his energies into his new outfit, V-3, taking time off upon completing 1992’s Negotiate Nothing after nearly losing his hand in an industrial accident. When V-3 resurfaced in 1996 with Photograph Burns, remarkably enough, they’d landed on a major label, American’s short-lived Onion imprint. Sadly, Shepard committed suicide on October 16, 1998; he was just 40 years old.


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  • GabrielShepard

    People can still try to "bootleg" the goods....... but it is imitation bull shit! NONE of the poceeds from anything digital or physical have gone to family, publishing company [Iron Press(], or other debt holders....... I would like to know who is getting paid from!!!!! They are ripping us off!!! But thanks to all the people that still listen to & believe in my fathers music...... you all are the reason he still released albums......... His silence is over now.... check the FB page posted here and stop in and say hello Gabriel Shepard Iron Press

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
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