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The Backpages Interview: Jim O’Rourke

Djuna Parnes, Rock's Backpages, 8 December 2001

IS HE THE Ryan Adams of the alternative-to-the-alternative axis? Or just the Beck of the avant-avant-garde? For ten years, Jim O'Rourke has worked with everyone from John Fahey and Van Dyke Parks to Smog and Stereolab – not to mention a whole slew of Chicago improvisers you and I have never heard of – and consistently been among the most interesting and fearless explorers of contemporary music. Some have dubbed him "the new Eno".

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