Not just a gun but dancing

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

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“I’ve been working on a second book of short stories, whenever I can grab some time. They’re turning out to be very different from Too Weird For Ziggy (or Too Weird For Iggy, as it was originally called, before Iggy Pop’s former manager said it was too weird for Iggy and I had to change the title!). These new stories are strange in a different way, more pensive, and very short.

“Anyway, I was asked by the musician/writer Lori Carson to contribute a story to her short story magazine Three Am Analog http://threeamanalog.comb which features musicians who write – or maybe writers who make music; I’m never sure which of the two I am! This is the story Lori chose: ‘Not Just A Gun But Dancing’.” – Sylvie

http://threeamanalog.com/sylvie-simmons/

Heartbreakers

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Sylvie has written the third and last installment of her trilogy on heartbreak albums for Radio Silence.  The album this time is Jeff Buckley’s “Grace”. But these are not simply album reviews, these are essays in which the story of the album relates to a personal story of heartbreak in Sylvie’s life.

The trilogy – which also includes her previous essays on Bob Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks” and Iggy Pop’s “Avenue B” – will be published in the book edition of  Radio Silence, which should be in the stores soon.

Meanwhile, you can read them online for free here: http://ow.ly/VGrCn
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What a summer!

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Whew! Is it sweltering where you are too? It’s turning out to be quite a summer, in so many ways. First, the touring. After her performances in Bogota,  S.America Sylvie did a handful of shows in California then flew to Scandinavia  where she played three concerts in Norway – way up in the north of the country, and also in Oslo (pictured below, where the musicians included American singer-songwriter Luke Elliott and Norwegian poet Havard Rem, who translated Sylvie’s book I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen) – with a few days off to climb a mountain and take a fishing boat out into the Norwegian sea and catch an enormous cod!

Now she’s headed back to S.America again – Chile this time, to play a concert with Chilean musician Matías Cena and be interviewed onstage by Santiago journalist Alfredo Lewin. And after that it’s back to Scandinavia! Three shows in Denmark as part of the Aarhus festival, one of them sharing the stage with Howe Gelb and Giant Sand,  Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and M.Ward. Check the Tour page  for details of these and also some local shows.

Despite all the traveling, Sylvie has kept to her resolution to Tweet her book Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes every day, a dozen or so tweets at a time, with the occasional commentary and picture! At last glance she was four chapters and around 700 tweets into it. Join her on Twitter or if you want the whole book, which  has been updated and is available as an e-book/kindle  after a long time out of print, it’s here:

http://www.amazon.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Fistful-Gitanes-Expanded-ebook/dp/B00VU4ZA6Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Sylvie has also been compiling an album, The Rough Guide to Americana: Vol 2.’ The first volume, coincidentally, came out the same year as her Serge Gainsbourg book, in 2001, and featured then-unknown artists, now highly-acclaimed, like The Handsome Family, best-known these days for their theme song to True Detective Season 1. Season 2’s theme tune is a Leonard Cohen song!!

And of course she’s still writing about music. Here’s an essay she wrote on Iggy Pop for Radio Silence magazine and book – part personal story, part critique and the second in her series of heartbreak albums , ‘The Best Part Of Breaking Up’.  Read it here: http://ht.ly/P3Cr6

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