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Peter Lewis of Moby Grape

Moby Grape When Moby Grape formed in San Francisco in 1966, some critics saw them as America's answer to The Beatles. Their line-up was stacked with three talented guitarists (Skip Spence, Peter Lewis and Jerry Miller) and all five band members sang lead and wrote songs (bassist Bob Mosley and drummer Don Stevenson rounded out the band). They could play radio-friendly music as well as psychedelic experimental music. Columbia Records was excited to support them and it seemed there was nowhere to go but up. But before they could ascend to the top of the music industry, a string of bad luck got in their way.

This week, guitarist Peter Lewis explains to Jim and Greg how a bad manager, an overzealous publicity strategy and mental illness combined with a drug cocktail relegated Moby Grape to "buried treasure" status, even 52 years after their debut album was released. He also talks about how they developed their three guitar approach, their friendship with Buffalo Springfield and Skip Spence's solo album Oar, which he wrote over his six months in Bellevue psychiatric hospital.

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