October 25, 2013 14:15
Guided By Voices call former drummer 'amateur' following eBay row
The band's former drummer tried to sell his kit on the auction site at a $55,000 (£34,000) starting bid
The Ohio rockers' former sticksman Kevin Fennell posted the auction for his kit last week with the huge starting bid. Bidding closed this morning without any interested party.
Following the listing, Fennell's former bandmates posted on Facebook that they had "nothing to do" with the listing and that the drummer was no longer part of the band.
In an email exchange between Fennell and the band's frontman Robert Pollard, which was originally posted on the now-defunct facebook page for the auction (via Pitchfork), Fennell claims he resigned from the band, while Pollard maintains he was fired.
"You have made a fool of yourself by your asking price," Pollard wrote. "Most people would like to know who the fuck you think you are and who you think Guided By Voices is that you can warrant that kind of asking price for your fucking drums."
Pollard also said Fennel should "ask permission to use the name Guided By Voices as I own it."
"You're an amateur, you play too fast (which is the sign of an amateur)," he continued. "I've asked you to slow down and get behind the music but I can tell that you don't know what I'm even talking about,"
"Do not delude yourself, Kevin, that people gave a shit who was behind that drum kit," he concluded.
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