Saturday, March 19, 2011

Early 90s Mark E Smith interview republished in Sabotage Times

Mark E Smith The Fall interview | Music | Sabotage Times:

Mark E. Smith off the I am Kurious Oranj cover.

As with Joyce, Beuys and Wyndham Lewis, the historians will be arguing about Mark E (for Edward) Smith until the kingdom comes. 20th Century culture has been kept alive by the irritants that work their way under its skin. In this much, Wilde’s late-Victorian aphorism, ‘To be great, one must be misunderstood,’ required a new century to prove its accuracy. Mark E Smith, who could so easily be the subject of a myriad Sunday supplement profiles, has remained a shadowy and mistrusted figure, silhouetted on the banks of the cultural mainstream. As our times appear to demand art terrorist outsiders, Smith has called the era’s bluff by refusing easy routes to fashionable and commercially lucrative acceptance. Whilst Damien Hirst prepares to suspend his Turner prize in a vat of formaldehyde, Mark E Smith – unknown to many – continues to ply his trade as an independent musician, philosopher, historian, writer, wit and fly-in-the-ointment.
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