Hang on to your hats, folks: the cover story in the forthcoming February issue ofThe Wire features the underground music scoop of the century – the first ever face to face interview with the most enigmatic and elusive, not to mention one of the most inspirational and uncompromising, musicians of the times, the legendary Jandek. The interview was conducted over three days in December in Minneapolis by David Keenan and is now spread across ten pages of the February issue, along with photographer Alec Soth’s brilliantly evocative portraits of the mythical representative of Corwood Industries. And what he revels about the philosophies and experiences that have shaped his unique music over the last 40 years will blow the minds of the initiated and transfix the imaginations of neophytes.
The line about it being the first face to face interview isn’t exactly true, or at least we can’t be sure that it is. Katy Vine did talk with someone from Corwood Industries back in 1999, presumably the man himself. But a lot has changed since then and I’m excited to see what he has to say now that he’s toured so much and become somewhat less reclusive. The issue should be available before the end of the month. Be sure to check your favorite record stores for a copy then.