Edie Sedgwick lives!
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ween not caring and being confused. As these things came to light--like I guess most Americans were--I was like, "this sucks." What am I going to say? "Fool me once, shame on you," you know? I don't know if I'm old enough yet to be able to say "Fool me twice, shame on me," although I lived through the first Persian Gulf war--
What are your memories of that?
I was a freshman in high school and I remember the day they invaded there was a protest outside my school--a suburban high school. I remember I went to protest and the principal came out and he said, "Alright, you're all having this protest..." I was scared. I was really scared. I was a goodie-two-shoes. I am a goodie-two-shoes. I didn't want to get suspended or anything. I just knew I was against the war. So the principal came out and said, "Anyone who goes back to class now won't get in trouble, your voice has been heard." And I was like "alright" and I went back to class. And that was probably the main political action of my life. And it's pathetic.
Getting back to Edie for a little bit, what's your tour schedule like?
It's crazy. El Guapo does a tour in March and there's this little window where I can go on tour for myself, which I really need to do because my record comes out late March. And then El Guapo goes on tour again. So I could potentially be on tour, if everything falls together, for like three months or more. Which to me, I don't understand why people are like, "that's a lot" because, when you're a musician, that's what you do. You play shows. To me, everyday I'm not playing a show is a day wasted. If I'm not writing a song or working on band stuff, it's like, I'm basically sitting around the house. I'm a musician so, it's like, if I'm not a musician forty hours a week, then I'm a fucking bum. I want to do shit. I'm not fucking around.
When you say writing do you just mean music or are you also--
No. I wrote a novel. I write some weird haikus and I'm trying to write another novel.
What was your novel called? What was it about?
It's about Meryl Streep and her relationship with John Cazale, the actor. He was in the Godfather movies as Fredo. And I finished it--it was really exciting to finish it--and I can't get it published. It might be no good. It might be shitty, I don't know. But I really don't care. I'm just excited. So that's another thing I'm working on.
Any last words on Edie Sedgwick?
Well yea. This is sort of the end of every interview where you're asked if you have anything else to say and it's like, I would say this: The reason I do this is in response to some of the questions that you're asking--about politics and the role of artists in politics. I can't write songs about politics but I can't write like, Andrew WK about party girls and getting wasted either. I can only try to come up with a fusion of the two that makes people think about their lives. I don't know--that's all I would say. And I hope no one thinks I'm a fascist.
You can catch Edie in Brooklyn when he returns to the Northsix on March 5th. For more information, see www.ediesedgwick.biz. Photographs by Stewart Smith.
Thursday, 10 February 2005
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