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Vic Chesnutt RIP - A Recent Quietus Interview
Wyndham Wallace , December 29th, 2009 11:50

It was with sadness that we learned that this time the rumours were true and that Vic Chesnutt had died on Xmas Day. Wyndham Wallace talked to him a few months ago, this feature was the result

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Vic Chesnutt: the skinny dude in a wheelchair with the spindly voice, right? The paraplegic folk singer Michael Stipe liked, yeah? Put out a few records that people wrote about in the nineties, didn’t he? Yeah, that’s the guy. You nailed it. Stick that new CD of his into your stereo — if you can be bothered — and listen to him ramble again: a barely plucked nylon-string guitar, a thin reedy vocal bemoaning the fact that its owner is a coward, a little baroque violin and cello wavering in the background . . .

But hang on. What the fuck is this? After only a hundred seconds Chesnutt’s increasingly desperate voice is giving way to what sounds like a Glenn Branca concerto, drums exploding like roadside bombs, and what seemed at first like a song of self-pity has transmogrified into a roar of fury and frustration. Three minutes in and Chesnutt’s vocals are threatening to tear his throat out as guitars rage around him, feedback leaking from the speakers, drums struck so heavily their skins burst.

Reach for the CD sleeve: some of these names sound familiar. Efrim Menuck? Wasn’t he that fella in Godspeed You! Black Emperor? And aren’t some of these other folk in Silver Mount Zion with him? And who’s that? Guy Picciotto? The dude from Fugazi? I thought Vic Chesnutt was a folk singer? Isn’t he a folk singer?

“That’s where I come from,” he agrees on the phone from his home in Athens, Georgia early one September morning...

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Oct 18, 2009 2:46pm

Nice interview, Vic's new album is really good. 'I Flirted With You All My Life' especially

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Paul Carnahan
Dec 29, 2009 5:41pm

A bitter-sweet read, this, and a reminder that Vic's endless creativity was in full flow right to the end. We were lucky to have him around for as long as we did, I suppose...

Goodnight, Mr Chesnutt, and thanks for everything.

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John Doran
Dec 29, 2009 6:31pm

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Ben Etc
Dec 30, 2009 3:02am

This story, and these songs especially, is what re-ignited my appreciation for Vic Chesnutt.
Was that in Sept or October? So thank you Quietus for alerting me to his new works

'I Flirted With You All My Life' is just one of the best songs I've ever heard. When I first heard it I felt V.C. had reached a fabulous point that he'd been riding towards so brilliantly (sometimes wayward) for a long time. It's an improved 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' (except I don't expect the bands that rendered that one a standard to have the balls or heart or understanding of truth/beauty to cover it).

Tonight in Singapore (30 Dec 09) the two-piece band called Etc dedicate their set to the inspirational Vic Chesnutt - especially the songs: 'Peter Panic' and 'Hearts Aren't Heart-Shaped'.

Thanks again for putting Vic back on my radar.


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Rene Saller
Dec 30, 2009 11:33pm

Great interview. Here's my own little tribute (with some great mp3s):

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Lucas W
Feb 4, 2010 9:44pm

Amazing interview. Thanks for that, he was trully wonderful.

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