Ex-WHITE ZOMBIE Bassist Interviewed On 'Maximum Threshold' (Audio)

February 17, 2011

Former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult was interviewed on a recent edition of the "Maximum Threshold" show about Sean's new book, "I'm In The Band - Backstage Notes From The Chick In White Zombie". The chat is now available for streaming using the audio player below.

In a recent interview with LA Weekly, Yseult was asked why she decided to release the book. "It was inspired by our WHITE ZOMBIE box set," she replied. "A couple of years ago I was informed that we were finally releasing a box set with all of our history — the very first seven-inch to the last record. Management asked me for all of my ZOMBIE video footage to add a DVD, and I began to dig out the boxes out of storage. After more than ten years, what I found was mind-blowing. I not only had saved all of our old vinyl and bootleg videos, but there were piles of tour diaries, photo albums, laminates, notebooks, my old journals of booking tours, everything that covered the history of our career. When we met in design school, I was a photo major, so I took photos of the band and me and Rob since day one. While I was sorting through this treasure trove, [guitarist] J. and I were told the box set was already in print without our input — no liner notes, no history, nothing. That was a shame, because J. also had 10 boxes of amazing history. Shortly after the release, I began receiving tons of mail from fans who felt robbed — they had been waiting so long for something comprehensive, some insight into the freakshow that was ZOMBIE, and they received none. I knew I had to do something with all of my material, and tell my story of WHITE ZOMBIE. Having been the other co-founder of the band, I was the only person besides Rob who could tell the story from beginning to end. Of course it's from my perspective, but I also include input from many members and ex-members of WHITE ZOMBIE, as well as some key players along the way. I spent the first year writing, photographing, and scanning items to create the book, and the second year writing more and gathering writings and photos from others. It is exactly how I envisioned it: a collaged coffee table book, with a lot of commentary."

When asked what her relationship with Rob was like now and how she thought he'll feel about the book, Yseult said, "He hasn't spoken to any of us for years — his choice, not ours — so I have no idea what he thinks of this book. After his solo record, the press asked him a similar question in regards to me and J., and he responded with a rather negative retort, 'I don't give a rat's ass.' I guess I would have to return the sentiment if he had any issues with the book, really. I have no idea if he will like it or hate it or just ignore it since I decided not to 'let sleeping corpses lie,' as he seemed to have wanted with the box set.

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