Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard pen Kerouac inspired album

Published on August 26th, 2009 by

Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard are set to release a collaboration inspired by Kerouac’s prose. The release date isn’t specific, “sometime this fall.” Titled “One Fast Move or I’m Gone”, the record was written almost entirely by Farrar, who adapted Kerouac’s writing into lyrics. The project got its start when the writer’s nephew, producer Jim Sampas, asked both musicians to contribute to a documentary about Kerouac’s life during the years he penned the novel Big Sur, published in 1962.

“On The Road is the book that everybody knows,” Gibbard tells Paste via telephone from his hometown, Seattle, Wash. “On The Road is the early episode of optimism and youth and traveling across the country and three days on speed and pulling into town and seeing your friends and being loud in bars.” There was an episode of Gibbard’s life that was like this—“when the band was first touring and everything in the world was new and everybody you knew was on the road in some fashion or another because we were all friends in bands and no one had a real job.”

But what happens when optimism and youth fade? When those “fabulous yellow roman candles” burn out? Big Sur is the novel that depicts this less whimsical season of Kerouac’s life, and a novel that Farrar and Gibbard, each with a decade or two of touring behind them, feel deeply connected to.

Full article and details at Paste.

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