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Third Man Records Releases Audio Album of John Waters’ “Make Trouble” Digitally

King of cult John Waters has long been an idol of the creative hive of maladjusted artsy types at Third Man Records. Today, the label is pleased to announce the audio album release of Make Trouble, Waters’ subversive commencement speech delivered at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), published earlier this year by Algonquin Books, and now read by Waters himself. Make Trouble, the record, is available in full digitally today, with a companion 7″ single of the same name, featuring Waters’ reading of his commencement speech at RISD in its entirety, coming October 6th via Third Man Pressing & Third Man Records and available for pre-order now. The recordings are produced by Grammy-winner Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Zomba Prison Project).

The speech begins with Waters explaining his qualifications to provide the graduating students the last word of their college education. “I should say right off that I am really qualified to be your commencement speaker. I was suspended from high school, then kicked out of college in the first marijuana scandal ever on the university campus. I’ve been arrested several times. I’ve been known to dress in ludicrous fashions. I’ve also built a career out of negative reviews. And I’ve been recently called the Prince of Puke by the press and another title I’m really proud of – the People’s Pervert.”

Waters spoke with NPR‘s Linda Wertheimer this Spring about the book, the fact that it was written in Obama’s America and released in Trump’s America, saying, “I don’t believe that we should never not talk to people we don’t agree with politically. If you can make that person laugh, it’s the first step to getting him to listen to change their mind.”

Listen to or purchase Make Trouble now at your preferred digital retailer, and pre-order the vinyl 7″ spoken word record now in advance of its official release next month.