“The Believer” Music Issue: Can We Please Ask Ian MacKaye Some New Questions Already?
You have to work hard not to get a decent interview from Ian McKaye, but the one in this issue is surprisingly and disappointingly one-note: all about Dischord’s ethics, just like every other Q&A with Ian McKaye you’ll likely read this year and decade and century. I don’t blame Alex V. Cook for asking the questions he did, but I wish there had been more dimension–maybe some of that got cut out from the manuscript. Still, will someone interview this guy about music, please? Songwriting? All that fallback shit you trot out when the new album sucks but you need a few hundred words to fill the space? I bet he’s got a huge record collection. I bet he knows shit about doo-wop that would blow your mind. I bet he can name all of Miles Davis’s bands from the ’50s to the ’70s. I bet he’s read more about rock history than most of us have. I bet he’s a pretty interesting thinker about subjects you wouldn’t expect. Somebody should really find out–and if someone has, please link it in the comments.
The Believer: July/August 2008 [The Believer]