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The story of Gentle Giant's Pugwash and the Oakland A's shirt

Gentle Giant
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Gentle Giant drummer John 'Pugwash' Weathers resplendent in that yellow, green and white Oakland Athletic (or the Oakland A's, as the more parochial terminology goes) baseball jersey is one of the visual images that sticks in the mind when one thinks of Gentle Giant. But have you ever wondered why he actually wore it.

In a new video clip, which you can watch below, Weathers explains exactly why.

It's part of an ongoing series of previously unseen archive clips and interview snippets of the band, who split up in 1980, which have been released recently These have also included new videos for both Talybont and Spooky Boogie, footage from the 1980 Civilian tour and rare footage from a 1972 Italian show.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.