Gary Burger of garage punk pioneers The Monks has passed away

Monks_2-602x449Gary Burger of the Monks passes away

Gary Burger, frontman of pioneering 60’s garage band The Monks has passed away.

The band often credited as the first to make use of feedback as a music weapon, as the forerunners of punk, and all round creators of something  that back there was rather new….

“We all knew that we were doing a different sort of music, but as far as being a forerunner band—that was the furthest from our minds. We really weren’t thinking that,” he said. “We were thinking that we were playing rock and roll with a twist, and the twist was the electric banjo, the feedback, the drums, basically not using cymbals but lots of tom toms. We had no idea that we were creating a new movement. And I’m still thinking, hey, we were just a rock and roll band that really had a lot of fun, and was able to be lucky enough—or unlucky enough, depending on your point of view—to work on the album.”

Further reading here

MONKS Website


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