Farrar + Gibbard = Jack Kerouac


Alt-rock and
alt-country icons team up for alt-lit project.


By Blurt Staff


It’s called One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur:
a new album featuring 12 original songs composed and performed by Jay Farrar of
Son Volt and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, with lyrics based on the prose
of Jack Kerouac’s landmark 1962 novel Big
. Mark your calendars for October 20 when F-Stop/Atlantic Records
releases the CD, along with a feature-length documentary of the same title in
which both Gibbard and Farrar appear. There is to be a stand alone CD, a CD/DVD
package, a limited edition boxed set packaged with the novel, a 40-page book on
the documentary and the CD/DVD. The album will additionally be released on

Gibbard and Farrar, having never previously met, discovered a mutual kinship in
their passion for Kerouac’s work while recording several songs for the
documentary, produced by Kerouac Films. (The novel is an account of a time in
the writer’s life when he’d “come undone,” both emotionally and
spiritually. He escaped to a cabin in Big Sur
to confront his inner demons and get some much-needed seaside r&r.) After
the initial San Francisco
recording session in July 2007, they decided to develop the project further to
create an album using Kerouac’s own words from the book as the lyrics.


Gibbard stayed in the
original cabin Kerouac wrote about, to compose songs for his band’s 2008 album,
Narrow Stairs, while for many years, Farrar
has claimed that is songwriting has been inspired and influenced by Kerouac’s
compositional style.

Jim Sampas, (Badlands,
Kerouac–kicks joy darkness) is
executive producer of the album. The documentary, One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, is directed by Curt
Worden and produced by Gloria Bailen and Jim Sampas of Kerouac Films. The film
features appearances by writers, poets, actors and musicians including, Tom
Waits, Patti Smith, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Sam Shepard. October 20,
incidentally, is the day before the 40th anniversary of Kerouac1s death




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