[Jandek] Jandek vs. Sterling Smith (In defense of Lars)
craig at sxsw.com
Fri Sep 5 11:04:17 PDT 2008
Very nice point. He's never winced once when a collaborative musician
has called him by name. What kind of fool would, unless you're a koo-
koo like Prince.
On Sep 5, 2008, at 10:36 AM, Nate Wilson wrote:
> First off, I will start by saying that Lars is one of the most
> passionate writers I have come across and his love for Jandek, both
> the music and story are often unparalleled.
> With that being said.
> Have you noticed that Jandek fans get upset when he is refered to
> by his real name.
> You would never see that in fans of Roseanne Barr or Charlize
> Theron.... It is just the man's last name
> The fact that anyone would find it disturbing that it is referenced
> makes me wonder
> Why are people so bothered? Why do people put Jandek or the music
> of Jandek on a special pedestal or care for him with kid gloves.
> He would be the first to say he is normal, not special, nothing to
> read into.... and yet we all have been guilty of this at one time
> or another...even me.
> I have been in contact with the man for years now... and I know
> from correspondance that he is not a fan of the hooplah around
> him.... The mystery that has been perpetuated by fans and non-fans
> You ever notice that the majority of articles written about Jandek
> or Corwood revolve around the mystery... the recluse.... the
> enigma.... and very few touch on the BEAUTY of the music...
> As The Rep has said before "There is nothing to get"
> There is a big difference between respecting Corwoods wishes of
> privacy and stating a fact (his birth name for instance)... that
> has been common knowledge since the early 80's. If you purchased
> vinyl from Corwood back in the day you would see his signature on
> the cashed check. If you went to the Library of Congresses website
> you would see the claimant for all Jandek cds as Sterling R Smith
> and for God's sake there is a CORWOOD APPROVED movie, and almost
> everyone has heard the Trubee interview.... So it is no big secret
> what his name is.
> .... as a side note..... I had asked him a long time ago if he was
> Mormon and his simple response was a one word letter back to me
> which read "NONE"
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