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Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne Reveals the Near-Death Experience That Changed His Life

We’re big fans of PBS’s animated interview series Blank on Blank, and the latest installment is a probing, philosophical interview with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. The subject matter isn’t his music or methods—it’s the pivotal moment when, at 17, he was held up at gunpoint in the restaurant where he worked, and how this early brush with death informed his perspective thereafter.

Part of that perspective is the realization that we’re “all headed to the same hole,” and that ignoring that fact means “not coming to terms with the joys of life.” For Coyne, those joys are found in music—and, in recent years, the reworking of classic albums like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Coyne’s full-length remake of that record, With A Little Help From My Fwends, is out now.

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