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John Pointer (, a.k.a. “Squinty Phil”, grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, got a degree in Cello Performance and Composition from UT Austin and has been a full-time musician based there ever since.

He created and led the pioneering a cappella & body percussion ensemble Schrödinger’s Cat (Listen here), and was the beatboxer in the Chili’s Baby Back Ribs commercials. He’s a pretty ridiculous guitarist (seriously… watch a video), played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Roger in RENT, has commercially released 9 albums with several different groups, and the Mayor and City Council of Austin declared January 27th “John Pointer Day”. What?! Yes… evidently, they do that down there.  Thank you, tax dollars!

In addition to being a pretty intense musician, John is the author of “Yesterday Was Weird,” a story written from the perspective of his beloved boxer, Benny, about his own passing.  It. Is. Heartwrenching. Don’t read it unless you have two boxes of Kleenex and someone to hug. 30 minutes of free time to ugly cry is also suggested. When you’re ready, you can read it here.

And if you’re lucky, you might still be able to order one of the first editions here:

“Looks Human… made of music.” – Troy Dillinger

“John Pointer blows my mind!” – Monte Montgomery

“You have a lot of fans here, and I am number one among them.” – Jason Newsted

“You are a bad mo$*@(f&cker!  I hope we get to play together!” – Harry Connick, Jr.

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