There's been a dearth of good book-inspired rock of late, other than Mastodon's Leviathan which was back in 2004. Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt) and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie/The Postal Service) hope to change that with a Jack Kerouac-inspired collaboration.
Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Son Volt's Jay Farrar are collaborating on a side-project inspired by '50s Beat writer Jack Kerouac.
The pair met while recording songs for an upcoming Kerouac documentary, One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur, which examines the writer's life in the years after he published On the Road, the dizzying, drug-fueled novel that announced him as the voice of a generation.
I'm still holding out for an Uncle Tupelo reunion, but given the animosity between Farrar and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, I'm not holding my breath. I'll pretend a collaboration with Gibbard about a writer I never really got into will suffice!