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- Posted on Sep 14th 2009 5:09PM by Benjy Eisen
Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt) will continue their Jack Kerouac adventure by literally taking it on the road in October with a touring band comprising Nick Harmer (Death Cab), Mark Spencer (Son Volt) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk).
The collaboration between the two singer-songwriters began almost two years ago when the pair linked up to record the soundtrack for the documentary 'One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur.' The album boasts 12 original songs based on Kerouac's prose from his 1962 novel 'Big Sur.' Both the album and the film will be released on October 20.
Farrar and Gibbard were already huge Kerouac fans when they first met to work on this project. While Gibbard tells Spinner that Big Sur is perhaps his favorite book of all time, Farrar says that his own songwriting has long been inspired by Kerouac's improvisational method. "Kerouac gave great rules to follow: You shouldn't have many rules. You should just go with your first thought ... Just [get] your thoughts down without a whole lot of preconception or revision," says Farrar. "I've tried to adopt that method over the years. I don't always write with that method, but I've found that it is the best method to write."
The short tour, consisting of just four stops -- Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York -- will begin on October 23, just two days after the 40th anniversary of Kerouac's death. His spirit is sure to be alive and well at these shows.