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Ongoing History Daily: Collective Soul facts

If you’re a fan of Collective Soul, you might find the following information useful.

(1) The band’s name comes from a passage in the book The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Singer Ed Roland was reading the book at the time when the band—then called Marching Two-Step—decided that was a dumb name that made them sound like a country band.

(2) The band once ran into an ugly issue with their manager who froze their assets. Ed and his brother Dean were in such dire straits that they had to move back in with their parents until everything was sorted out.

And (3) things weren’t all bad. Two Collective Soul hits, “December” and “Heavy,” were inspired by that manager fight.

If you missed Friday’s post on Vampire Weekend’s early days, you can go here.

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