[Jandek] The Bowery, Beacon Hill, Biography, Brooklyn Wednesday
Danen D. Jobe
djobe at uark.edu
Mon Jul 16 18:07:26 PDT 2007
> ...I meant if his autobiography were straight up, an
> unartistic narrative of his life, as if it were a Wikipedia page.
> The purpose of the question was thus: if Jandek changed his
> philosophy and became a "public" figure, granting interviews and
> writing said book, would his fans accept it or consider him to be
> comitting an act of self-heresy?
Because of how he does business, I don't think he can commit an act of self-heresy. Of course, that still makes the occasional rounds RE: the live appearances, but I (obviously) fully support those. But still, take a look at that: the live shows have continued the unique approach that the studio albums started. Yes, a new direction (and ever-shifting bands) but the central philosophical approach is still the same.
But really, he's earned the right to open for the Smashing Pumpkins if he likes and sign to a major label. He's got nothing to prove. So if he suddenly popped up on Oprah (hey, Cormac McCarthy did it!) and wrote a "straight" autobio, I'd say more power to him. It still wouldn't water down the fifty albums he's self-released.
> "Danen D. Jobe" <djobe at uark.edu> wrote:
> > Which leads me to another question: if Jandek suddenly
> > his autobiography, would you read it?
> He - for real - publishes it? Doesn't seem to be his focus, but
> what the hell. If HE really put it out, why not? As a collector,
> I'd have to have it, and I'd be interested to see how he phrased
> it, how the prose connected. Judging by recent lyrics I'd say it
> would read like a Beckett novel, and that most of the "events"
> would be indecipherable in a realistic sense. But I don't think
> he's interested in autobiography from a "novelistic" point. How
> his life works into this strange dream that is Jandek's world is,
> I think, the main focus of the albums post-"The Beginning." But it
> could all be fiction. That's part of the fun.
> Another scenario: a crack
> > team of investigative reporters find "Nancy", etc. and piece
> > together the story of Jandek's life without his consent. Would
> > read that book?
> Under no circumstances. He's the artist - his personal life, and
> the lives of those involved as part of "Jandek," should be left
> alone. May "Nancy" have found happiness, wherever she may be. It
> would be so not right to publicly expose that. But that's me.
> P.S.: Brooklyn's coming. 4 CD set (both sets of show). I have no
> idea how much, or exactly when, but it's next in line. THAT I'm
> excited about. That's also all I know about it. Man, I can hardly
> contain myself.
> > M.E.
> > Alex Cook <cookalexv at gmail.com> wrote:
> > From: Michael Mellor <miquelotjr at yahoo.co.uk >
> > Subject: [Jandek] Re: jandek Digest, Vol 55, Issue 151 -
> > in the Snow
> > rambling around New York's seedier districts amidst the
> > of drums. The Bowery gets namechecked, and Beacon Hill, then on
> > track 10 a place I can't help but imagine as St. Mark's Place:
> > "yeah (huhuh) I read about your bargain basement / at the corner
> > of the street…"
> > great review of a great record. I just wanted to add my two
> > on one minor point
> > Beacon Hill is in Boston, and the famous bargain basement he
> > refers to is likely Filene's Basement, which resides on a very
> > busy corner in Boston
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filene's_Basement
> > --
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> > http://www.alexvcook.com
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