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Join the discussion about the book that Will Oldham has declared an essential guide to his life and career. Featuring a full discography, it offers the most in-depth look we may ever get of this fascinating artist.
About Will Oldham on Bonnie "Prince" Billy :
The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema. These conversations with longtime friend and associate Alan Licht probe his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity. Exploring Oldham’s travels and artistic influences while discussing his experiences with such disparate figures as Johnny Cash, Bjork, James Earl Jones, and R. Kelly, the book conveys the brilliance that has captivated fans and made Oldham one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths.
Oldham has declared this book his “last interview”—an essential guide to his life and career. Featuring a full discography, it offers the most in-depth look we may ever get of this fascinating cult figure.
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Since 1990, guitarist Alan Licht has spanned the worlds of indie rock, experimental music, and sound installation, appearing on close to 100 recordings and touring the world in the process. Licht has also written extensively about the arts for the WIRE, Artforum, Modern Painters, Art Review, Film Coment, Sight & Sound, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and other publications. Prior to Will Oldham on Bonnie Prince Billy he authored two books: Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Media, (Rizzoli, 2007), the first extensive survey of the genre in English, and An Emotional Memoir of Martha Quinn (Drag City, 2002), an extended personal essay in which the author addresses the ancient question: "Do you want New Wave or do you want the truth?"
Will Oldham is a singer-songwriter and actor. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
Sasha Frere-Jones joined The New Yorker as a staff writer and pop-music critic in 2004. Prior to that, he was the music critic for Slate. Since 1995, he has written for the Village Voice, Spin, the New York Times, the New York Post, The Wire, and Pretty Decorating. His work has been anthologized in the Da Capo “Best Music Writing” series six times. In 1991, Frere-Jones formed the band Ui, which toured America and Europe and released five albums. Now he is a member of the band Calvinist.