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Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens

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Sufjan Stevens (2005)

Interview by Andy Gill, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 2005

Mr Stevens talks about his latest album, Illinois: his memories of Chicago and Peoria; reading biographies of both cities; how his writing is informed by fiction, and how fact and fiction interchange; the instruments used in making the album; his long track titles; Detroit v Chicago; the influence of Terry Riley; his Steiner School upbringing, and his addressing of the Native American genocide.

File format: mp3; file size: 19.3mb, interview length: 20' 07" sound quality: ** (phoner)


Sufjan Stevens

Comment by Devon Powers, PopMatters, February 2004

POSTMODERNISM HAS jacked it all up. In its wake, the cultural zeitgeist of irony has become so prevalent and requisite that plain old earnestness ceases ...

The 50 States of Rock: Sufjan Stevens

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2004

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY extra-curricular activities traditionally associated with the life of the travelling rock'n'roller. Teaching knitting to the blind is not one of them. ...

Sufjan Stevens: Illinois

Review by Andy Gill, Uncut, 2005

IN AN AGE when the commercial imperative has reduced the notion of ideal musical production to one of recycling old techno riffs, slapping a treated ...

Sufjan Stevens's symphony for New York

Report and Interview by Andrew Purcell, The Guardian, 27 October 2009

THE BROOKLYN-QUEENS EXPRESSWAY is a miserable stretch of road. The BQE, as New Yorkers call it, has narrow lanes, no hard shoulder, countless potholes, and ...

Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

Review by Jamie Atkins, Record Collector, April 2015

EVER THE restless soul, Sufjan Stevens has, since the hysteric electro of his last album proper, 2010's The Age Of Adz, released an album with ...

Sufjan Stevens: Beacon Theatre, New York NY

Live Review by Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC, 12 April 2015

THE DIFFERENCE between Rufus Wainwright's full length lament for his late mother, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, and Sufjan Stevens, Carrie And Lowell, is ...

Sufjan Stevens: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 4 September 2015

IN AN INTERVIEW with The Quietus' Jeremy Allen in October 2010, with music streaming still in its relative infancy, Sufjan Stevens opined that technological change ...


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