Jason Everman played second guitar in Nirvana and bass in Soundgarden, and he somehow managed to get kicked out of both bands just before either one hit huge. Then, a little while after those two big blows, he signed on with the Army, served a couple of tours of duty, became a Special Forces soldier, fought in Afghanistan and Iraq (as well as all sorts of covert operations he won’t really talk about), and earned himself some medals. Then he got himself an undergrad degree in philosophy from Columbia. I can’t imagine too many people have had lives more absurd and fascinating than this guy, and I was barely aware of his existence until now. Writer (and Chavez guitarist) Clay Tarver wrote a huge and endlessly compelling profile of the reticent Everman for The New York Times, and you should absolutely read it. It’s here.