John Pierson (musician)

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John Pierson, known also by the stage name Jughead and by the pseudonym Ian Pierce, is an American musician, writer, and owner of a theater company.


In 1986, Pierson and Ben Weasel co-founded the punk rock band Screeching Weasel in Chicago, Illinois. Pierson played guitar for the band[1] until 2006.

In 2002, Pierson formed the acoustic pop-punk band Even in Blackouts,[2][3] with which he has recorded four albums and one EP and toured several times.

Pierson is also a playwright and novelist, usually writing under the name Ian Pierce. He formed a theater production company, Hope And Nonthings, in 1990 and produced ten plays before joining the Neo-Futurists; he has been performing in their long-running show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind since 1996.

His semi-fictitious Weasels in a Box (2005) is a novelization of Screeching Weasel's history.[3] His last novel, Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody, appeared in October 2011.[4]


  1. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (24 August 2008). "Screeching Weasel back, more intense than ever". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Rae, Graham (30 August 2003). "Faded Reflections And Contemporary Projections: The 57th Annual Edinburgh International Film Festival". Film Threat. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Ryan, Kyle (12 January 2006). "John "Jughead" Pierson". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  4. ^ ""Chalk and Saltwater: The Ladder Project" - The Neo-Futurists". Off Broadway in Chicago. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 

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