Jay Farrar on Channeling Jack Kerouac

Aidin Vaziri | Jay Farrar of Son Volt and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie had never met before they came together earlier this year in a San Francisco studio to create the soundtrack for a documentary about Jack Kerouac’s novel “Big Sur.” But their mutual admiration for the Beat-era author inspired a dozen original songs for the film and the record “One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur.” The duo is playing material from the set with a pickup band Saturday at Bimbo’s 365 Club. We spoke with Farrar about the making of the project.


Soundtrack for Beat-era Kerouac
Q: Do you think Jack Kerouac would have approved of these songs?
A: That’s a good question. That was my biggest concern – would he really want somebody meddling with his words or ideas? In the context of the book, Jack did accept folk music and participate in sing-alongs at campfires. He also palled around with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, so that gave me the impetus I needed.
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