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The Black Watch

Having written and released fifteen albums of sparkling, literate, jangly-distorted indie rock since his band's inception in 1987 (as well as four works of comedic literary fiction and one book on the early films of Wes Anderson), John Andrew Fredrick found himself confronting an issue frightfully prolific types like him often face quite late in their careers: how to do something new, something different. A further dilemma: he knew he wanted to make a quiet acoustic and electric guitar record, psychedelic, of course, but with minimal drums, if any; yet he fancied writing and recording a dance record.

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John Andrew Fredrick was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in Santa Barbara, California. After receiving his Ph.D. from The University of California at Santa Barbara, he formed an indie rock band called The Black Watch ( that has released 17 records to considerable

underground acclaim.

He has taught in The Writing Program at USC, and in the English departments at Santa Monica College, Loyola Marymount University, and UCSB. At UCSB Fredrick won the Graduate Students Award for Professor of the Year in 1987. He plays tennis at least five times a week and sometimes puts on show his abstract paintings of book covers for such classics as “Madame Bovary” and “The Catcher in the Rye.”

John Andrew Fredrick is a singer, songwriter, vocalist, and novelist. He is a member of The Black Watch, an indie rock band, and is the author of three works of comic fiction. He earned a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara in 1985. Fredrick has taught Writing About Film and Literature as well as Freshman English at UCSB, the University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University, and Santa Monica College.

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