[Jandek] Jandek Survey
burningc at sdf.lonestar.org
Fri May 5 09:59:24 PDT 2006
/Are you male or female?/
/How old are you?/
/What part of the world do you come from?/
Brooklyn, NY, USA. Grew up in Cincinnati, OH.
/How did you get into Jandek? What is your 'story'?/
My ex brother-in-law was I believe the first person I heard mention Jandek
- or perhaps it was the cartoonist Scott Bateman, who is a friend of my
ex-wife. It could also have been that one day I was floating around Seth
Tisue's website, actually because of the now-defunct Plaster Cramp Press
stuff (I requested and got a whole bunch of stuff) and ran across the
material on Jandek. I don't remember. Now that I have heard Jandek it
seems like I first became aware of his voice when I was five years old,
when on a family vacation we had passed through Kadoka, South Dakota and
ran into the tail end of a very nasty tornado. I think it was Jandek who
was tossing bales of hay through the air. But I'm not sure.
/How do you define being a Jandek fan?/
Part of it is feeling like you are outside.
/Do you consider yourself a Jandek fan?/
/Why did you join the mailing list?/
I needed another bulwark in my probably-false sense of community.
/How often do you post?/
This is my first.
/Do you use the digest format?/
/What do your friends and family think about Jandek?/
Those who are aware of him think he and his music are terrifying. I find
this hysterically funny.
/What do they think about you listening to Jandek?/
I'd guess they'd think it was "typical."
/To what extent does the 'myth of Jandek' - the mystery surrounding his
identity - appeal to you?/
It appeals to me very much. It is interesting to encounter someone who
obviously has a need to communicate and some real substance, but for whom
the public act of communication is either impossible or so fraught with
complications that s/he has to find another way to get the work done.
In 1978/9 I made the Great Life Mistake of encountering the world
of theatre, discovering that girls dug me more when I acted and
consequently becoming hypnotized or drugged (or something) and
jettisoning everything I cared about for the sake of pleasing other
people. You can probably tell from my mere choice of words how I now feel
about this choice and how it all worked out.
I don't think Jandek has contempt for his audience.
/Have you ever tried to contact Corwood Industries or Sterling Smith for
reasons other than placing an order?/
I wrote a small note on my first (and so far only) order to the effect
that I hoped he was having a good time playing live.
/What is your perception of other Jandek fans?/
I don't really have one.
/Why do you like Jandek?/
He just makes sense to me. I really didn't find his music difficult at
all. It made complete sense to me. And the imagery of his words is often
quite wonderful, very fresh and beautiful.
/How often do you listen to Jandek?/
I don't guess it's "often," but when I am feeling a sense of disconnection
from the world, feeling as though nothing makes any sense and that people
are looking more and more like pre-programmed want-robots, I listen to
Jandek. He cuts through a lot of stuff.
/What other music do you listen to?/
Lots! Sun Ra, John Fahey, J.S. Bach, Can, Bardo Pond, Beethoven, oldie
blues (Charley Patton, Barbecue Bob, Son House, etc) ... lots and lots and
/Is there anything I have not asked that you would like to tell me?/
I'm an astronomer and a poet. I love the outdoors. I love cats. I totalled
my car last weekend, which means I won't be able to get out and stargaze
or go hiking. So things are very bad right now. Finances are bad. I don't
have many friends. How are you?
Dr. Glenn Becker - burningc at sdf.lonestar.org
SDF Public Access UNIX System - http://sdf.lonestar.org
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