John Roderick

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Roderick performing in New York City (2012)

John Roderick (born September 13, 1968 in Seattle ) is an American musician and podcaster .

life and work

Roderick was born in Seattle, the first of two children. His father David M. Roderick (1921–2007) married his second wife Marcia in 1961, and he already had three children from his first marriage. David M. Roderick was a Democratic MP in the Washington House of Representatives from 1949 to 1953 while studying law and then practiced as a lawyer. His mother was a programmer. The family moved to Anchorage , Alaska in 1971 . In 1974 his parents divorced, his mother and two children first moved back to Washington State, but shortly afterwards moved back to Anchorage. John Roderick's father was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 45 years .

Roderick attended East Anchorage High School and moved to Seattle shortly after graduating. There he attended the University of Washington , but dropped out. Roderick started drinking when he was 15, and since 1995 he has referred to himself as “clean” when it comes to “drugs and alcohol”. Roderick was from 1997 lead guitarist and singer of the indie band The Western State Hurricanes . The band made their first appearance in Seattle in 1998, but fell apart in 1999 while negotiating a record deal with Sub Pop Records . From 1999 until the band split up in 2001, Roderick played keyboards with Harvey Danger .

In 2001 Roderick founded the indie rock band The Long Winters together with Sean Nelson (also ex-Harvey Danger) . In 2001, Barsuk Records released the band's first album, The Worst You Can Do Is Harm . Since then two more albums have been released: When I Pretend to Fall (2003) and Putting the Days to Bed (2006), plus an EP called Ultimatum (2005). The Long Winters band is still touring and performing at festivals.

In 2011 Roderick started his first podcast Roderick on the Line with Merlin Mann . In 2015 he started his second podcast project Road Work , this time together with Dan Benjamin. In 2017, HowStuffWorks launched the third project called Omnibus , which Roderick published together with Ken Jennings. Friendly Fire followed in 2018 , a podcast on war films with Adam Pranica and Benjamin Harrison.

Roderick lives in Seattle, where he has been a member of the Seattle Music Commission since 2010, appointed by former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn .

Web links

Commons : John Roderick  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Jeff DeRoche: Harm's Way . In: The Stranger, February 21, 2002.
  2. ^ A b David Morgan Roderick Jr. , obituary in the Seattle Times of 27/28. December 2007.
  3. ^ John Roderick: Myths About Drugs and Booze In the Creative Process Have Been Perpetuated By People Who Should Know Better . In: Seattle Weekly, Nov. 2, 2010.