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Oct 30, 2013, 09:58AM

Lots of Security

A 2011 Der Spiegel interview with former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev vs. Wolf Eyes member John Olson's Summer 2004 tour diary.

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Mikhail Gorbachev: Let's take one thing at a time.

John Olson: Sweet deal, smart move. This rules.

Gorbachev: It wasn't a small group, about 200 people.

Olson: Lowest turn out for a gig yet.

Gorbachev: The people were confused.

Olson: No intros, nothing. Barely able to function. Whatever.

Gorbachev: Unfortunately there was some bloodshed, after all.

Olson: Worst case scenario.

Gorbachev: You had to go outside.

Olson: Lots of dead bugs on the windows.

Gorbachev: Each of them had it made.

Olson: The connection is made. Weird. After the intros of the gongs we smell a huge cloud of weed drift onstage so killer we feel the love. I eye him in the alley but am too shy to say anything. 

Gorbachev: He should have been shunted out of the way and made an ambassador in a banana republic, where he could have smoked water pipes in peace. But I shouldn't have gone away. You have to seek dialogue until the end.

Olson: Gross. How do people live there?

Gorbachev: Do you have to ask me that?

Olson: "It just feels right," I say.

Gorbachev: I don't know. Why?

Olson: Lots of security.


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