Ongoing History Daily: Rivers Cuomo’s childhood

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo is an interesting dude—and no wonder.

First, why is he called “Rivers?” Because he was born in a New York hospital where his mother said she could hear one of the city’s rivers. Or it could be that his father named him after three of his favourite soccer players competing in the 1970 World Cup when Rivers was born.

Part of his childhood was spent in a Buddhist commune in Connecticut called Yogaville. I quote Rivers: “You have to realize we were living in an enclosed community of Hindus. We lived in an ashram. Isn’t that insane? It was a very mellow childhood.” He was part of that ashram until he was 10.

Still, with his childhood, His nickname as a kid was “Weezer.” Why? One story says it has to do with a bad case of asthma.

Monday’s post was about a Modest Mouse punch-out.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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