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Bill Callahan (2001)

Interview by Andy Gill, Rock's Backpages audio, Fall 2001

Mr Smog talks about his latest album Rain on Lens; about his songs not being autobiographical; on not deserving his reputation as a miserabllist; discovering music in his youth, from John Lee Hooker to punk; enjoying a peripatetic existence; playing the 2000 Meltdown Festival and meeting Scott Walker; on not trying to make hit records, and his admiration for Buster Keaton.

File format: mp3; file size: 33.6mb, interview length: 35' 01" sound quality: ** (phoner)

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