Joel Gausten is a New England-based writer and musician.
Gausten has interviewed several notable musicians over the years, including Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, Gene Simmons and Eric Singer of KISS, Bruce Kulick of KISS/Grand Funk Railroad, Henry Rollins, Al Jourgensen of Ministry, Mike Ness of Social Distortion, James Williamson of The Stooges, Dave Lombardo of Slayer/PHILM, Rick Dufay of Aerosmith, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses, Lol Tolhurst and Reeves Gabrels of The Cure, Lita Ford, Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow/Deep Purple, David Thomas of Pere Ubu, Andy Rourke of The Smiths, Bernie Worrell, Dot Wiggin of The Shaggs, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, Jarboe of Swans, Nicholas Bullen of Scorn/Napalm Death, Midge Ure of Ultravox/Thin Lizzy, Billy Ray Cyrus, Steve Zing of Danzig/Samhain, Vinnie Moore of UFO, Dave Brock and Nik Turner of Hawkwind, Jimmy Destri of Blondie, Mark Slaughter of Slaughter/Vinnie Vincent Invasion, David Yow and Mac McNeilly of The Jesus Lizard, Valor Kand and Gitane DeMone of Christian Death, Johnny Temple of Girls Against Boys/Soulside, Roger Miret and Mike Gallo of Agnostic Front, Bill Laswell, Marky Ramone, Chris Connelly of Revolting Cocks, Jaz Coleman and Youth of Killing Joke, Xzibit, Geddy Lee of Rush, Hugo Burnham and Andy Gill of Gang of Four, Richard Lloyd of Television, Yngwie Malmsteen, J Mascis, Hunt and Tony Sales of Tin Machine, Bob Daisley of Rainbow/Blizzard of Ozz, Adrienne Bailon of 3LW/The Cheetah Girls, Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant of Crass, Tom Warrior of Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti of Throbbing Gristle, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge of Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle, Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy, Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde and hundreds more. Gausten's non-music interviewees include Congressman Barney Frank, Art Monk of the Washington Redskins, Playboy Playmate Pamela Horton, actress Candy Clark, TV star Chip Foose and model/actress Shannon Tweed.
Additionally, Gausten has worked as a White House-credentialed reporter, covering President Barack Obama for regional media in New England.
Gausten's books include Tales of Horror: The History of THE MISFITS & THE UNDEAD, Prong: The Early Years, The SABBATH Interviews and From Satan to Sabbath: The Metal Interviews 2000-2009. Gausten's upcoming books include Rock N Roll Monster: The Rik L Rik Story and Albums that (Should've) Changed the World. He was also a contributor to/editor for Martin Atkins’ best-selling 2007 book, Tour:Smart, alongside such notables as Henry Rollins and Steve Albini.
In 2014, Gausten's 2010 book From Satan to Sabbath: The Metal Interviews 2000-2009 was officially added to the library at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland, OH.
Gausten and/or his projects have been the subject of articles in a variety of print/online publications including Spin, The Guardian, Blender, NME, ABC News Radio, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Revolver, Guitar Player, Punk Globe, Loudwire, Guitar World, LA Weekly and Scream.
From 2010 to 2012, he hosted his own online radio show, Glory Is Noise, which included a mix of music and interviews with underground and mainstream recording artists.
A drummer since age 9, Gausten has appeared on dozens of CDs, EPs and internationally distributed compilations by such acts as Electric Frankenstein, The Undead, The Sixth Chamber, Broken Heroes and The Graveyard School.
In 1995, he rehearsed with The Misfits as a fill-in drummer and later appeared on a number of Misfits bootlegs recorded during these rehearsal sessions.
He was a sporadic member of The Undead (fronted by former Misfits guitarist Bobby Steele) from 1998 to 2008.
In 2001, he performed as a member of Pigface alongside (among others) Martin Atkins (Killing Joke), Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks), Charles Levi (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult), Chris Haskett (Rollins Band) and Meg Lee Chin. In November 2016, he returned to Pigface for two shows in Chicago (at Reggie's and the House of Blues, respectively) in celebration of the group's 25th anniversary. In addition to Gausten, Pigface's extensive lineup for these performances included (among others) Atkins, Levi, Martin King (Test Dept.), Fallon Bowman (Kittie), Greta Brinkman (Moby/L7/Debbie Harry/Jayne County), Gaelynn Lea, Groovie Mann and Kitty Killdare (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult), Jim Marcus (Die Warzau/Go Fight) and En Esch (KMFDM).
In 2011, Gausten released a solo EP, Snake Bite Blues, which featured contributions from Pete Jones (Public Image Limited), Sonny Bellavance (The Devil’s Guitar) and Keith LeBlanc (Tackhead).
Currently, Gausten is a regular participant in Effectionhate, an experimental “revolving door” recording project led by his wife, Shannon, and featuring contributions from past/present members of Public Image Limited, Bolt Thrower, Benediction, Prong, Swans, Ministry, Crime And The City Solution and Killing Joke.
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