Celebrating Bill Rieflin Sept 30 1960 – Mar 24 2020

Sad day today as I find myself slowly taking in the museum and thinking about Bill. We met for rehearsals of the Ministry Cage tour and had swiftly imagined Pigface during our warm up sessions; clattering on rubber practice pads away, far away from the main dressing rooms. No one wants to hear one drummer warming up – let alone two. Turns out, it was a blessing.

We had some jams during soundchecks – two drum kits working off each other is an interesting thing – kind of zen. I’m sure he would laugh at that. But, you can’t just PLAY! You have to think, allow other beats to have space and make the greater whole better. The day the Ministry tour ended, we were in Chicago Trax laying down the basis of GUB with Steve Albini. So, there are benefits to this museum thing. I get to sit for a while and think and remember and smile a bit. But its heavy AF too. Some King Crimson memorabilia (courtesy of their crew guy Biff) contains his onstage notes that a year ago were too painful to really deal with – perhaps I should try again today.

Pictured is a 2″ tape donated to the museum by Betty X that contains an unfinished unreleased track with me & Bill jamming, recorded by Fluffy and Dave Rave Ogilvie in 1989. I have no idea at all what we were doing – it was a Ministry session in 1989. It isn’t lost on me that I have been procrastinating on baking the tape and dumping the audio contents off to pro tools – too painful to contemplate really, but it does have to happen soon.

I think one of the last times I saw him, quite a while ago, I had spoken at SXSW and was at Austin Airport – “Oh, that looks like Michael Stipe, oh, there’s BILL!!!”
The recent King Crimson documentary was an unexpectedly close conversation with him as he dealt with the latter stages of his illness; it felt like a long slow goodbye.

There are a ton of all new auctions up to benefit the Museum including Dot Screen Madonna Prints using the original screen from the Pigface 10th Anniversary ‘Preaching to the Perverted’ Tour, a Preaching Poster with lots of signatures on it, Pigface Industrial Strength Coffee from Dark Matter, drum heads, original Nun street posters from Easy Listening, Rare Wax Trax! released Chris Connelly/William Tucker 7″ Single vinyl signed, original The Damage Manual Hammer Scenery Pieces, and more!

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Zak Kuhn Show

The Museum of PPIM Hosts Zak Kuhn,
John Lombardo, and Jesse Diaz

Doors: 6PM CST
Event: 6:30PM CST

Tickets for this event are PWYW, including Free

Join us in the magical environment that is Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music for an exciting episode of Zak Kuhn’s music industry podcast featuring two dynamic guests – John Lombardo, Founder of Smashed Plastic Record Pressing, and Jesse Diaz, Founder of Dark Matter Coffee.

Zak Kuhn is an entertainment entrepreneur and media personality at the intersection of music and culture. Most notably, Kuhn is the Founder and CEO of The Nashville Briefing – a newsletter which covers the confluence of country music and the global music business. On his popular podcast, The Zak Kuhn Show, Kuhn talks with influential leaders in music and entertainment. Past guests include Bobby Bones (radio and TV personality), Steven Galanis (Founder & CEO of Cameo), Dan Smyers (Dan & Shay), Chris Martin (CEO of Martin Guitars), Seth Godin (New York Times bestselling author), Brian Kelley (Florida Georgia Line), John Esposito (CEO of Warner Music Nashville), and Billy Gibbons (guitarist of ZZ Top).

Step into the Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music and gain insight into the creative process behind record pressing and artisanal coffee making. During the podcast, Zak will delve into the challenges and successes faced by these visionary entrepreneurs and their impact on the music and coffee industries and in their communities. This conversation promises to be insightful, educational and entertaining. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from some of the most innovative minds in creative entrepreneurship.

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