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Ben Gibbard, Jay Farrar Perform Kerouac ...

How's this for a great concept: The words of legendary Beat poet Jack Kerouac set to song by a pining indie-pop prince and an alt-Americana forefather. And when Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie, The Postal Service) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) came together at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre on Friday night, their performance felt about as organic as the text that inspired it. As the story goes, Farrar was originally approached to pen a few tunes—pasting together the lyrics from Kerouac's Big Sur novel—for the just-released documentary on the writer, One Fast Move Or I'm Gone .

Gibbard was meant to be one of many guest vocalists, but he and Farrar got on so well that ....
From 'Spin'
12:12 a.m. Tuesday 27th October 2009 EST
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