Ongoing History Daily: What’s the deal with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes?

If you know anything about Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, you’ll know that it’s a big band—there are ten members the last time I checked—and none of them are named “Edward Sharpe.” So what’s going on here?

The answer lies with frontman Alex Ebert, who went through a rough time after many years of partying with a break-up and time in rehab. As part of his recovery, he started on a book about a messianic figure he named Edward Sharpe, a spirit sent to Earth to heal mankind but who also kept being distracted by girls.” He liked the concept so much that Alex adopted Edward Sharpe as his alter-ego. He says this helped him with everything since his time in rehab.

Hey, whatever works, right?

Yesterday’s post dealt with the origin of the names of several bands.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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