Born in Wisconsin, Jim Knipfel was a staff writer at the now-defunct weekly alternative newspaper New York Press for thirteen years, where wrote the long-running and popular "Slackjaw" column, a cynical, misanthropic look at daily life. He is the author of ten books, including Slackjaw, …
Sonnet Youth Confusion Is Sex Plus Kill Yr Idols
22p, b&w, 4"x4"
Looks like somebody saw this title through to it's logical conclusion!
Jeffrey Lewis, anti-folk hero and re-interpretor of the Crass songbook, tackles Sonic Youth with a positively Shakespearian twist. This is one of those zines where you want to punch yrself because yr pissed that you didn't come up with the idea first. The concept is simple, take Thurston, Kim and Lee's (admittedly) rudimentary lyrics and turn them towards the realms of flowery prose in the way that only Billy Shakes could muster.
Take this grouping (taken from Thurston's examination of the forever surly Lydia Lunch in 'She's In A Bad Mood'.)
'The mood that she is in is very bad
but I don't think that I will fall for this.
I have believer her lies, and I've been had
But I can't fall for all this moodiness.
His take on their cover of the Stooges' 'Now I Wanna Be Your Dog' is decidedly more straightforward, but we musn't quibble with that. Who in the annals of rock and roll was more poetic than Iggy?
In short, buy this and wait in anticipation for Mr. Brown to tackle Bad Moon Rising! - KS