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Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard honor Jack Kerouac
Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard are paying homage to Jack Kerouac with an upcoming album, a series of concerts and a feature-length documentary--all scheduled to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the influential author's death.
The album, "One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur," features 12 original songs composed and performed by Farrar and Gibbard, with lyrics based on the prose of Kerouac's landmark 1962 novel "Big Sur." The album--and the documentary of the same title--will be released Oct. 20.
Three days later (10/23), Farrar and Gibbard will kick off a series of four concerts at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles followed by dates in San Francisco (10/24), Chicago (10/26) and New York (10/28).
The shows will feature Farrar and Gibbard--along with Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie), Mark Spenser (Son Volt) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Bob Mould)--performing songs from the collaborative album as well as other "surprise" material, according to a press release.
Both Farrar and Gibbard appear in the documentary film, which was directed by Curt Worden. The film also features appearances by several writers, poets, actors and musicians, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith and Tom Waits.
The album and film will be sold individually and as a CD/DVD package. "One Fast Move" also will be available in a limited-edition box set that will include a copy of Kerouac's novel, a 24-page book on the documentary and the CD/DVD. The album will be available on vinyl, as well.
Pre-orders of the boxed set and the CD/DVD package will ship two weeks prior to the Oct. 20 release date. Information about advance orders can be found at the Kerouac Movie website.