Jim Knipfel is the author of Slackjaw and The Buzzing, among other books. His weekly column may be found at http://www.electronpress.com.
“Someone told me a while ago that I was a crank,” Ken Jacobs wrote. “It seemed a deft summation. I am disappointed, not with my personal situation —I’ve been very fortunate—but with the obscenity, that is the state of the world.
The Residents dont do things like normal people. Normal people wouldnt, say, form a band in order to remain anonymous, make a fourteen-hour movie about one-armed midgets, or stage a live show intentionally designed to upset and baffle the audience. Its not that theyre trying to be weirdthats just the way they are.
The sixties crowd is always trying to monopolize how good the music was, says Leif Solem. Its just not the case. Theres a lot of shit going on all the time. It doesnt stop.
Michael Gira sat across the table at a quiet Brooklyn bar on a rainy Wednesday night. The conversation had settled on a mutual hero, Werner Herzog.