[Jandek] That Jandek Survey

Simon Greenwood simon.greenwood at mac.com
Sat Apr 15 17:01:23 PDT 2006

On 13 Apr 2006, at 19:20, mitch king wrote:

> I'm sending this out to the list too, and encourage
> others to send theirs, I think they'll make an
> interesting read.
> Are you male or female?
> Male
> How old are you?
> 39
> What part of the world do you come from?
> Leeds, Yorkshire, UK
> How did you get into Jandek? What is your ‘story’?
> I read some reviews in the last print edition of Forced Exposure  
> and marked him as something to listen out for. Finally bought five  
> CDs at Mystery Train in Amherst, MA in 2003 and was more intrigued.  
> Saw the Newcastle gig and thought I had a handle. I like the whole  
> Jandek 'thing'.
> How do you define being a Jandek fan? Do you consider
> yourself a Jandek fan?
> I am intrigued by what he does as it is totally individual. I'm not  
> sure if I am a fan
> Why did you join the mailing list? How often do you
> post? Do you use the digest format?
To keep tabs of his output and to think aloud about what it 'means'.
> What do your friends and family think about Jandek?
> What do they think about you listening to Jandek?
> I don't talk about it. My best friend appreciates it but is less  
> intrigued than me
> To what extent does the ‘myth of Jandek’ – the mystery
> surrounding his identity – appeal to you?
> His identity matters less to me than his intent: to detach yourself  
> from accepted concepts of musicality requires a great deal of  
> certainty of intent, and it is this that interests me

> Have you ever tried to contact Corwood Industries or
> Sterling Smith for reasons other than placing an
> order? What happened?
> Not yet. I may well order the rest of the CDs soon and tell him  
> which ones I have
> What is your perception of other Jandek fans?
> Most of the people on the list seem to be reasonably literate and  
> intelligent, but Cobain's Law certainly applies. To me too.
> Why do you like Jandek?
> I didn't say I did
> How often do you listen to Jandek?
> The CDs are on my iPod so they come up on random. I occasionally  
> put one on.
> What other music do you listen to?
Anything that has passion and that wasn't made by committee
> Is there anything I have not asked that you would like
> to tell me?
If Mr Smith has now retired, I think there will be a lot more music  
from him, providing that he isn't ill.


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