[Jandek] Jandek apathy

David Johnston-Smith davidmjs at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 30 11:20:50 PDT 2008

I think I'd probably agree with that too...but if I hadn't come across
the documentary then I probably would never have heard any Jandek, and
I probably wouldn't be so ridiculously over-excited at the prospect of
seeing him in London!

It is what it is....but as much as my 'late-comer' status might annoy
some people, I'm sure happy to be along for the ride.


2008/4/30  <acg3dinst at aol.com>:
> Regarding the perceived apathy that one poster commented, I wonder if
> Jandek's "coming out" into the public eye didn't inadvertently diminish the
> "legend" in a way.  I became aware of Jandek through Irwin Chusid's
> Atrocious Music Program on VWFMU 91.1 FM in N.J., before he wrote the "Key
> of Z' book, in the mid- to late 80's.  In the pre-internet days it was much
> harder to access any information on such arcane stuff, and you rarely saw a
> Jandek album even in the used bins in stores (basically only in lower
> Manhattan and one or two stores in NJ).  At that point only freaks who
> listened to stuff like WFMU (true free form radio) were "hip" to Jandek.
> This changed with the documentary "Jandek on Corwood".  The documentary
> definitely played up the "elusive & mysterious" part of his persona.  It's
> therefore ironic that the movie resulted in a (certainly limited) increase
> in exposure, and presumably in CD sales, which ultimately convinced him to
> "come out".  I am certainly intrigued by the prospect of seeing him live (so
> far no dates in southern California yet), but the myth is not what it was.
> I'm not saying that I regret that he has had increased interest and
> (relative) success, but it's a different Jandek era.
> Andreas
> Huntington Beach, CA
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