Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs [NOOK Book]

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In this collection of beautifully crafted autobiographical vignettes that encompasses everything from the people Jay Farrar has met and the places he’s journeyed over 20 years as a traveling musician, to his formative childhood experiences, to his parents’ cultural identity as Missouri Ozarks.

As a child, he marveled at the eccentric habits and mannerisms of his father, though it has taken over 40 years to fully appreciate his guidance. ...
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Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs

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Overview

In this collection of beautifully crafted autobiographical vignettes that encompasses everything from the people Jay Farrar has met and the places he’s journeyed over 20 years as a traveling musician, to his formative childhood experiences, to his parents’ cultural identity as Missouri Ozarks.

As a child, he marveled at the eccentric habits and mannerisms of his father, though it has taken over 40 years to fully appreciate his guidance. Recollections of Farrar’s father are prominent throughout the stories. Ultimately, it is music and musicians that are given the most space and the final word since music has been the creative impetus and driving force for the past 35 years of his life.

In writing these stories, he found a natural inclination to focus on very specific experiences; a method analogous to the songwriting process. The highlights and pivotal experiences from that musical journey are all represented as the binding thread in these stories—if life is a movie, then these stories are the still frames.
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A slim, sketchy, not-quite memoir that defies categorization but plainly comes from a personal place within its musician author. As the taciturn leader of alternative-country cult favorites Uncle Tupelo and, more recently, Son Volt, Farrar would seem to be the last rock artist who would bare his soul in the pages of a book. And so he hasn't. For an artist resistant to interviews, he generally omits here any mention of the matters that might interest his fans most: the rise and disbanding of Uncle Tupelo, his relationship with Jeff Tweedy (who was Farrar's junior partner in that band, but has subsequently achieved greater critical renown and popularity as the leader of Wilco) and the two different versions of Son Volt, a band he formed, disbanded and reformed with a new group of musicians. In fact, Farrar hardly bothers to mention any musician with whom he has worked, though he pays generous tribute to other, older ones: Taj Mahal, The Band, Doug Alex Chilton, a very troubled Townes Van Zandt. Most of these pieces, too short to be chapters, are a page, a paragraph or even a sentence or two long. Farrar expresses his disdain for the show-business elements of making music: "Musicians are basically cut from the same cloth as carnies. Whoever puts on the biggest freak show wins the prize." He also writes of his father, who saw Hank Williams in live performance: "In my father's world, an unwavering belief and reverence for the power of music occupied the space society usually reserves for religion." Amid vignettes and anecdotes about coming-of-age in hillbilly Missouri, the author offers a "Dialectic Timeline of Country Music and Communism," charting contrasting developments by year, letting readers make of these what they will. Not particularly well-written or elegant, but it provides some illumination of the creative mind of a very private artist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593765538
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jay Farrar has been a singer/songwriter for over 25 years. He was the founding member of legendary band Uncle Tupelo and has been performing with Son Volt since 1995. Two of his most recent projects were putting original music to the words and poetry of Jack Kerouac (2010) and Woody Gunthrie (2012).
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