[Jandek] Re: jandek Digest, Vol 54, Issue 173 (Niagra Blues)
Danen D. Jobe
djobe at uark.edu
Sat Sep 2 20:34:41 PDT 2006
I've been thinking about
> writing a (likewise) fictionalized account of "Corwood Industries"
> that would be a late night TV drama, sporadically watched by my own
> novel's protagonist, alongside the rest of the action. Something
> that would never appear in the listings, and few people would ever
> be able to tune in to...
I'm trying to imagine the network that would carry it. Sounds like a trip!
> Can't find Niagra Blues at Myspace just yet, but will check out
> Single Cell press.
Just wanted to note that it IS up - www.myspace.com/niagrablues.
> Good luck!
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> 1. Jandek Fictional Biography Forthcoming; Author to Read/Sign
> in Toronto & Chicago (Danen D. Jobe)
> From: "Danen D. Jobe" <djobe at uark.edu>
> Subject: [Jandek] Jandek Fictional Biography Forthcoming;
> Author to Read/Sign in Toronto & Chicago
> Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 00:18:45 -0500
> To: jandek at mylist.net
> So I've sent out dozens of press releases and spent a solid year
> now working on this, and yet this is the email I've had the most
> difficulty composing. Really - started and stopped it six or seven
> times in the last three weeks. If you want the short of it, skip a
> paragraph or two. But for THIS list - people I genuinely care about
> and trust - I want to give an idea of what writing this has been
> like. So here goes:
> As a few of you know, I've been working on a fictitious biography
> based on Jandek, written with Corwood's cooperation and approval.
> It uses the Jandek name, song titles, lyrics, album covers, music
> descriptions, etc though it in NO way is to be mistaken for the
> REAL story of Jandek. Rather, this is culled from - literally -
> HUNDREDS of hours of listening to the music, discussions with a few
> people involved with Corwood at one point or another, numerous back
> and forth letters to and from Houston, a chapbook publication that
> caused me to destroy (by fire, thank you) EVERYTHING and start over
> - this being exactly one week before my thesis reading at the
> University of Arkansas (which I've been writing this project for).
> Coming up with the RIGHT story, finally, for said reading and then
> spending the summer hammering out some 200 pages of sprawling
> story, followed by me asking Corwood if they thought it might be a
> good idea for me to read in Chicago and Toronto (they agreed), an
> d me thinking, "you know, it might be nice to have something
> published," followed by the WONDERFUL folk at Single Cell Press
> (out of Glasgow - so fitting) agreeing to publish this first
> installment in what I see as a "Jandek trilogy," three weeks of
> editing, re-writing, re-thinking and ultimately agreeing on 63
> pages of content, coming out this month on Single Cell Press, and
> which I will be reading from the day after the Toronto show and the
> day before the Chicago one.
> And now for more specific details: in Toronto I'll be at Circus
> Books and Music on Monday, September 18th at 6 PM. This is located
> at 253 Gerrard Street East (I'll give better directions and a phone
> number in a following email as I figure it out myself) and should
> be a blast. From there I get to make a maddash back over the border
> to read at Quimby's Books in Chicago (154 W Northern Street,
> Chicago - more info www.quimbys.com) at 7 PM Tuesday the 19TH at 7
> PM. I can promise the best excerpts I can come up with from the
> book, which is closest to dark Southern Literature (it's what I
> write), tracing the future Corwood Rep's life from childhood to his
> garage band days, growing up in the Ozark Mountains admist much
> family turmoil (his mother and father leave him to care for his
> developmentally disabled brother at one point - his mother moving
> off to Kansas City and Dad going on a six-month bender). There are
> also other fictiionally recast real people here, most significantly
> oneFrank Stanford, whose poetry you can check at
> www.alsopreview.com. Stanford is the young narrator's shadow twin,
> so to speak, and also the person who gets said narrator to take his
> musical roots and do something with them. Frank happens to be
> married to Nancy, who ends up singing for the original garage band
> (and John, the drummer, lifts many of the instruments from "people
> who won't miss them). It includes sections of the narrator
> developing the guitar sound (which, by the way, I picked out myself
> on a 40's era black Gibson acoustic, picking at the strings over
> Charley Patton songs until it emulated what Jandek does on the
> early acoustic albums) and falling in love - not with Nancy, but
> with Frank's fiery sister Jessica. There's also "fictionalized'
> versions of Son House (he gets a great scene) and a poet/novelist
> named James Whitehead who's well worth checking out.
> Okay, that's enough. If you want more I've got a few excerots up at
> the Myspace page I've created for this puppy:
> www.myspace.com/niagrablues. I'll keep updates going there. Also,
> please check my publisher's website at www.singlecellpress.co.uk,
> as this is where the book will be available (unless you buy it
> direct from me). While you're there, pick up a copy of Jackie
> Gilroy's slang-crazed "Thugs and Thieves." The writing style of our
> books couldn't be any more different and yet there's a communal
> spirit there. But seriously, Gilroy is the rightful heir to
> Bukowski, and I mean that lovingly. My book is probably closer to
> Carson McCullers' "Ballad of the Sad Cafe" or maybe a bit of Cormac
> McCarthy, but I've worked hard to have it be it's OWN thing first
> and foremost. Hope anyone who reads it feels the same.
> Anyway, PLEASE contact me for more info. Now that I can relax
> (having finally written this) I can say that I hope at least some
> of you can attend these events - I intend for it to be a pretty
> wild tour: Jandek on Sunday, my reading on Monday, another reading
> on Tuesday, Jandek on Wednesday and then I sleep for a week.
> Somehow my employer at the University has decided this is a good
> "academic" thing and is supporting this, so I feel all "official."
> I don't know. Books will be dead cheap (I've got to move them - you
> knew that was coming, right?) but the readings are free. And hey, I
> intend to max out a credit card buying pitchers afterward.
> Seriously. Also, if anyone has floorspace in Toronto or Chicago let
> me know. This was going to be a family trip but looks like it's a
> solo thing now (a cost-efficient idea - got the wife and kids'
> support but this is gonna be a bit intense for young ones), so I
> find myself in need of floor space. I'll even bring my own pillow
> and free books
> a'plenty. I also make a mean coffee.
> Oh, and finally, there is a tour "pre-launch" radio show at 88.3
> KXUA radio from the University of Arkansas next Wed night at 9 pm
> CST. Fear not, non Arkansans (which is what, all of you?) - it will
> be streamed on the net. I'll get details for that in the next few
> days, but PLEASE, if you happen to listen in, call and request.
> It's going to be a very loose show covering what I feel is his key
> moments mixed in with some of the Summersteps' tributes (including
> stuff off the new Corwood Variations handmade - I think the "Om" is
> a must) and a few "Corwood influences" like Blind Willie Johnson.
> This is going to be three hours long and something special indeed.
> I'll also read a few short passages from the book.
> Whew! Okay, I've done it. Thanks for your patience (those who made
> it this far) and I hope a few of you can make the readings. I think
> you all know the great respect I have for this artist so please
> trust that I've put TREMENDOUS effort in making this as good a
> story as possible, staying true to the roots of Corwood
> Industries.I'm proud to say that I got the "thumbs up" from Corwood
> last week in a lovingly detailed letter that gave what may be the
> world's first lyric correction from the source: the opening passage
> from "Niagra Blues" should read: "Sometimes go to Niagra/sometimes
> go the grave/crazy 'bout your dreamer/crazy 'bout your dark night."
> And here, for thirteen years, I've thought the "uh" after dream was
> an inflection. Wow.
> And again, any questions please send my way. As I said, more
> detailed maps and such as we get closer to reading dates. Books
> will be for sale until Single Cell Press is so tired of me they
> toss the rest in the ocean. Thanks again for listening, all!
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