Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd Responds to "SPIN"Magazine Homeless Claim
Fri, 27 Aug 2010 11:35:29
After SPIN magazine quoted Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd as saying that he's essentially homeless because he's "been sleeping on studio couches and at friends' houses," the bassist posted a message on Soundgarden's website to clarify his statements. Oh the wonders of journalism and interpretation in the free press.
"I feel the banner saying that I am homeless was merely a sensationalizing stunt done by workers at SPIN magazine to sell their story, or make it seem more exciting than it actually is," Shepherd wrote on Soundgardenworld.com. "It makes me feel embarrassed for the truly homeless people to be associated at all in any way with the likes of me. I seem to have been lucky, as most of you, in never having to survive day to day (on the streets) anyway. Furthermore, my friends and family have always been by my side so I have never gone without love, care, food, compassion, and understanding." Ouch. Backpedaling or refuting twisted claims? This could go either way here.
Shepherd went on to say that, "I in no way refute what was written in the article, I say what I mean with someone else's alphabet, so it is no wonder to me that my blathering can be so easily 'shined up' or misinterpreted to whatever purpose, especially to a stranger who has no idea of my horrible humor, or my delusional ideas... sure I've been couch surfing but that's a far cry from the plight of many millions of good people worldwide." It appears he meant "homeless" in a literal yet not destitute sense, since "homeless" can mean different things to different people.
Team Shepherd or Team SPIN?