Pro Wrestling Inspires John Darnielle’s New Album

April 2, 2015 5:13 PM

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Pro Wrestling Inspires John Darnielle’s New Album

John Darnielle mined childhood memories of watching pro wrestling in the late ’70s for the new album, ‘Beat the Champ,’ by his band, the Mountain Goats.

John Darnielle didn’t plan to make an album about professional wrestling. But as songwriters often do when there is a guitar in hand and a metronome ticking, he did some time-traveling to his past. The hulking showmen who fascinated him during a rough childhood in the late 1970s gradually resurfaced...

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