A truly great book of interviews by Kristine McKenna. How did she manage to get all these great interviews with all these great people? From Iggy Pop to David Lynch, From Tom Waits to R. Crumb, from Brian Eno to Artie Shaw, from Robert Rauschenberg to George Clinton, from Patti Smith to Kenneth Anger, the list goes on and on. Each interview is acompanied by a swell illustration by a hep cat cartoonist. Check it out!
In her much anticipated follow-up to Copacetic favorite, Book of Changes, McKenna delivers the goods in once again getting together with an amazing amalgamation of personalities, and prying out a wagonload of insights from their veiled thoughts. Subjects interviewed this time around include: Robert Altman, Elvis Costello, Jacques Derrida, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Hell, Chrissie Hynde, Rickie Lee Jones, John Lydon, Guy Maddin, Russ Meyer, Joni Mitchell, Iggy Pop, Joey Ramone, Lou Reed, Eve-Marie Saint, Joe Strummer, Tom Verlaine and... Orson Welles! And as if this isn't enough already, each interview is accomapnied by a full page illustration of the subject rendered by cool comics cats such as Megan Kelso, Charles Burns, Tony Millionaire, Rick Geary, Dan Clowes, Mary Fleener, and many others.
As with all things David Lynch, expect the unexpected. Here we have not a biography or an autobiography, but instead, both. The book is fairly evenly split between world-class interviewer and longtime Lynch intimate, Kristine McKenna's biography of Lynch – based on over 100 interviews with "surprisingly candid" ex-wives, family members and professional collaborators of all stripes – and Lynch's own personal reflections on his life and work, which – intriguingly – riff off of McKenna's work, making for a sort of auto/biographical jam session. And then there is the copious selection of rare and previously unshared photographs, particularly noteworthy being those of the youthful, 1970s Lynch along with his (often equally youthful) cohorts, many of which are "oh, wow"-inducing.