Independence Day

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Vic Chesnutt

The sunset is coming down. Under rosy sky with a psychedelic blinking tower in their back Vic Chesnutt gathers with Guy Picciotto from Fugazi and T. Griffin of The Quavers on the roof of Urania. Meanwhile the movie theater downstairs fills with people waiting for the screening of the film “Evening’s Civil Twilight In Empires Of Tin” in which Vic, Guy and T. assist. The film sets up a visionary analogy between the downfall of the Danube Monarchy and today’s developments in the American empire. The NYC based filmmaker Jem Cohen – who directed that movie, produced Chesnutt’s 2007 album “North Star Deserter“ and now supervises the housetop-shooting – is a long-time friend of Athens/Georgia-based Vic. So if they can not meet up for artistic activity, they at least phone each other for political conspiracy. Adopted as a child, paralyzed after a car crash when he was 18, alcoholic while recording his third album “Drunk” the 40-years-old struggle-proven musician that was once spotted by Michael Stipe and whose songs were covered by the likes of Madonna, Smashing Pumpkins, Soul Asylum, Garbage & R.E.M. for “Sweet Relief” – a benefit album to assist musicians with medical and financial hardship – exudes charisma and shows a good sense of humor. In bright and intense forthrightness Vic Chesnutt sings about personal and political dramas that work beyond any sentimentalism or cynicism.

  • Posted: November 3, 2008
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner