Monday, December 7, 2009

Jack Kerouac, Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard: Big Sur

Two of the greatest indie rock/alt country singer-songwriters, Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard, recently collaborated to score the soundtrack for the new documentary film, One Fast Move or I'm Gone.  The film is about the legendary beat writer Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road.  The two attempted to put music to the words of Kerouac's Big Sur (Kerouac's novel about agonizing alcoholism at the California coast). Critics are calling the album dark, beautiful, and melodic country-flavored folk rock.
All very cool: book, concept, musicians, movie, even the flannel.
Ben Gibbard is the frontman of Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service, and All-Time Quarterback!  He recently married the beautiful and talented actress/singer Zoey Deschanell (I shake my fist with jealousy).
Jay Farrar began his career with the now-famous Uncle Tupelo from which Jeff Tweedy of Wilco also got his start.  He has since been rocking out in the soulful, country-folk band, Son Volt (Gravey and I recently saw their show in Atlanta; amazing music.)
Please visit this source for more info and some great pics of their Oct 27th show in Washington DC.
One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur is an album by Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt). The lyrics are based on the prose of Jack Kerouac's novel Big Sur (1962). One Fast Move or I'm Gone was a result of Gibbard's and Farrar's mutual appreciation for Kerouac's work while recording several songs for a feature-length documentary of the same name.

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