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GWAR Bassist Michael Bishop Gives Crazy, Colorful TED Talk on Regional Identity

GWAR Bassist Michael “Blothar” Bishop recently gave a Ted Talk at an independently organized event in Richmond, Virginia– the city that GWAR call home. From the slavery of the Civil War to the legacy of Tobacco in Richmond, watch Bishop discuss regional identity and the ways in which the city’s history and social-political tensions informed GWAR during it’s formation in the 80’s. And, oh yeah– the talk also begins with a ritualistic “sacrifice”.

“In that context, GWAR is the safest thing to come from this city,” said Bishop, after discussing the violence that occurred in Virginia during the civil war and the Richmond lawyers who once defended Big Tobacco. The audience responded with a laugh. Watch the talk below: