Filed under: Industry News | Tags: Amber Tamblyn, Ben Gibbard, Big Sur, Death Cab for Cutie, Jack Kerouac, Jay Farrar, News of Note, Patti Smith, Robert Hunter Son Volt, Sam Shepard, the Postal Service, Tom Waits
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We all know that Ben Gibbard has incomparable musical talent. Be it his work with Death Cab for Cutie, or side projects like Postal Service that get us permanently addicted, it appears he can do no wrong. Gibbard has cited Jack Kerouac as a major influence on his work before and has now found a perfect outlet to pay his dues.
What started out as a small collaboration with Jay Farrar of Son Volt — in 2007 for upcoming Jack Kerouac documentary One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur — has escalated into a full-length soundtrack of the same title. The album will accompany the DVD release in a special edition, aside from individual release.
With this project, Farrar and Gibbard directly tap into the heart of Kerouac’s work — taking the eerie, lingering lyrics straight off the pages of Big Sur (1962) — and merging them with folky acoustic melodies. Aside from creating the music, the duo also appear in the film. The film includes quite an assortment of artists (film and music), who have been influenced by Kerouac. Tom Waits, Sam Shepard, Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead, Patti Smith and even Amber Tamblyn (yes, even the girl from the Traveling Pants movie), just to name a few.
One Fast Move or I’m Gone drops on Oct. 20, the same day as the documentary, marking the 40th anniversary of Kerouac’s death on 21. However, you can check out the video for the track “San Francisco” performed by Farrar here and the film trailer below.
— Irina Dvalidze