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Smog in a Wild Kingdom of Burning Love

Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, 1995

BILL CALLAHAN has spent so much time alone that almost all he can do is be true to himself. He is absolute Bill, and people ...

The Man Behind the Smog

Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, Ways of Hearing, 1998

BILL CALLAHAN HAS BEEN releasing strange and disturbing records as Smog – both on his own and with various accomplices, most notably erstwhile soulmate Cynthia ...

Bill Callahan

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 1999

THERE'S NOTHING BILL Callahan likes better than watching a Polaroid develop, "struck in this transition state, always surprising me". Some might say he needs to ...

Heading For The Ditch: Smog and Will Oldham

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, February 2000

IT'S ONLY THE first week in February and already spring's sonic daffodils are poking through the boy-band mulch. Those who feared they would live their ...

Smog: Dongs Of Sevotion

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2000

Ninth dry—lipped album from the Buster Keaton of sadcore ...


Profile and Interview by David Hemingway, Record Collector, July 2000

DESPITE WIELDING an acoustic guitar and piano, Bill Callahan of unrivalled miserabilists Smog happens to be one of America's most relevant music makers. With last ...

Smog: Old Vic, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2001

SMOG'S BILL CALLAHAN remains an enigma not, it seems, because he won't say anything, but because he can't. ...

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