Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Harvey Pekar's Jazz Opera
“People don’t accept experimental art, few people even read James Joyce anymore,” Pekar continued. “Jazz has no following, not real jazz. The musicians have to sell their own CDs at the shows because record companies don’t want them. I want to tell people if they turn their backs on anything new and different, the art form will die.”
Read about it at Comic Book Resources, where you can also listen to an excerpt from a telephone conversation between Pekar and Robert Crumb. The guys talk about the kind of music they like and argue about who’s right. “Crumb thinks no good music has been written after 1933,” Pekar said. “But we talk about it.” Crumb also makes some interesting comments about funding for the arts.