Edie Sedgwick lives!
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Oh, am I? Are we successful? I never can tell. But I don't know... It's like, I'm pretty cranky. I'm pretty moody. I get insulted easily. I have a chip on my shoulder half the time. I don't bring a lot to the table in a band situation so I'm sort of reluctant, even though I know it would improve things and make it easier musically. You know, tonight the iPod broke in the middle of a song that was just about to get good. It was a song I was really excited about--but it broke. A drummer--unless he has a heart attack or something--won't break. But I just can't envision getting a drummer. Edie Sedgwick used to be a duo but, after a while, I just wanted to work by myself. I wanted to try things alone.
Why Edie Sedgewick? Why not Nico? Did that cross your mind at all?
I don't really have much to say about that. To me, she's sort of too well known. She's not a generalized symbol. She's already a musician so what am I going to do, sing Nico songs? What could I do that's clever about Nico? Edie Sedgwick wasn't a musician. That's part of what's great about her: she's a more malleable icon. What was she famous for? Nothing. Who was she? Nobody. She died when she was probably about my age. I read a book about her and thought, you know, maybe people will be into this stupid idea.
So, a little on contemporary issues: Today, Condoleezza Rice was confirmed as the new Secretary of State. John Kerry and some other Democrats tried to give her some trouble but it was sort of inevitable. How do you feel about that?
I don't know. I don't know if I'm really qualified to comment. A lot of what my act is about is not being qualified to comment on politics. Like, I'll sing a song about politics but I'd like to think they're not like, "I hate Bush," you know? I don't hate George Bush. I don't agree with him about a lot of things. I don't hate anyone. I don't think that the way politics work in this country is productive. I almost agree with Jon Stewart with what he said on Crossfire. It's just like this partisan theater and I don't see any reason to engage in it.
I'm an artist. I don't even have a real job. I used to be a social worker. I was in the community working with people who have HIV. I felt like I had a real role in society. But when you're a fucking artist, you're paid to put on makeup and jump around for a while. How do you participate? Maybe you make a clever comment or something but you're not really involved. If you want to make a difference, stop being an artist. Go to a law school and become a lawyer, figure out how to become Secretary of State yourself.
Ok, well, last October, CIA official, Charles Duelfer, stated that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and, this month, the US officially called off the search. How does that make you feel and how do you feel about the war in general?
Man, you're talking to the wrong guy. I know I'm supposed to say I'm against the war and I'm against everything but... At first, I was confused about the war because the people who I don't agree with but lead my country told me that it was necessary. I was like, "I'm against war but if, in the long run it's going to save all these people, I don't know." So I've oscillated bet
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