Cinema Sounds #017: Jack Smith on Vinyl

Part of our ongoing Cinema Sounds series, Paul Gonter brings us an interview with Jack Smith released on picture disc vinyl.

The Artist: the brilliant contrarian Jack Smith
The Influence: Jonas Mekas gossip, painting, being gay in NYC, & a tape recorder 
The Result: fuzzed out, meandering conversations that can be mistaken for ambient music


Master of underground cinema, Jack Smith, helped define art in the 20th century. The notion of camp probably wouldn’t be the same without him, and by extension, neither would Sontag…

SEMIOTEXT(E), the publishing arm of Columbia University’s philosophy department, has just released an interview with Jack Smith by Sylvere Lotringer on picture disc vinyl. The interview originally appeared in the Schizo-Culture issue ofSimiotext(e) in 1978 and covers such topics as “Anarchy” and “My First Lollipop.”

The interview is available for purchase on SEMIOTEXT(E)’s website.

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