Jay Farrar And Ben Gibbard Collaborate on Jack Kerouac Project

July 17, 2009  |  3:48pm
Jack Kerouac's writing holds an integral spot on many a musician's required reading list. The late writer pioneered and documented the Beat movement, paving the way for much of the writing and music that would come in the latter half of the century. Perhaps his most celebrated work, 1957's On The Road captures the spirit of the cross-country tour and the floundering and frenzied lifestyle of an artist. Channeling the essence of Kerouac's life and canon, Son Volt frontman Jay Farrar and Death Cab's Ben Gibbard are working on a project that Farrar told St. Louis alt-weekly The Riverfront Times may see an October release.

The two initially came together for the soundtrack to One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur, the 2008 documentary that reimagines Kerouac's time in California's Big Sur mountains and in New York City during the writing of his novel Big Sur. Farrar adapted Kerouac's prose into lyrics for the film's soundtrack and performed them with Gibbard. The Death Cab/Postal Service frontman let Paste readers in on his kinship with Kerouac in an essay last spring, written from a cabin in Big Sur from which Gibbard was drawing inspiration for a new Death Cab album.

After collaborating on the soundtrack to One Fast Move, Farrar and Gibbard continued to work together in the studio. Details about the evolving project are scarce, but we can expect good things if we take the folks from One Fast Move at their word: "Farrar and Gibbard's partnership seems to have been ordained."

Related links:
Review: Wilco: Wilco (The Album)/Son Volt: American Central Dust
Paste:Local Chicago: Jack Kerouac Manuscript Unrolled At Columbia College
Cover Story: The Road Giveth, The Road Taketh Away

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