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Jim White & Sylvie Simmons

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JIM WHITE

Jim White gets around. When he’s not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the US and Europe and publishing award winning fiction.

His sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens’ roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.

  Prior to Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, White (born Mike Pratt) released five eclectic, totally uncatagorizable albums plus another six even stranger side projects.

Numerous songs from his back catalog have appeared both in film and television, with his Primus-esque Word-Mule being featured in Breaking Bad, and more recently his cautionary rocker Crash Into The Sun appearing in Ray McKinnon’s highly praised Sundance Channel series Rectify.

UK fans may recognize White as the narrator and defacto tour guide for the award winning BBC documentary, Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, a road movie set in the rural South, which the LA Times described as “Decidedly strange, delightfully demented.”

Prior to becoming a musician White led an aimless, diverse life, working countless menial labor jobs:  dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder, culminating with thirteen long years driving a taxi cab in New York City.   

White is presently at work completing a memoir, Incidental Contact, based on a series of uncanny coincidences that befell him during his days driving that taxi in New York City. Two chapters of Incidental Contact, The Bottom and Superwhite, have been published in the literary music journal Radio Silence, with Superwhite being awarded a Pushcart Prize for short fiction.

White was a pro surfer.  He served as literary commentator for the National Endowment of the Arts.  He was a European fashion model.  Samuel Beckett once played a practical joke on him.  There’s lots more non linear information that doesn’t really fit the usual bio format.   But that’s Jim—he gets around.


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Sylvie Simmons is a London-born, US-based music journalist, named as a "principal player" in Paul Gorman's book on the history of the rock music press In Their Own Write (Sanctuary Publishing, 2001). A widely regarded writer and rock historian since the late 1970s, she is one of very few women to be included among the predominantly male rock elite. Simmons is the author of a number of books, including biography and cult fiction. She is also a singer-songwriter and ukulele player signed to Light in the Attic Records.

Her interview with Tom Waits featured in Tom Waits on Tom Waits (Chicago Review Press, 2010) and, the same year, Simmons made an appearance in the film The Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog. Simmons worked on her major biography of Leonard Cohen for most of the three-year period from 2009 to 2012.

I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen was published in September 2012 by Ecco/Harper Collins in the US, McClelland & Stewart in Canada and Jonathan Cape/Random House in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. There are 18 foreign-language editions of the book: Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, Danish, Polish, Norwegian, Chinese, Finnish, Czech, Slovenian, Turkish, Taiwanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Turkish and Greek (the last three awaiting publication). A New York Times best-seller, the book received extremely favourable reviews in the US and was named best biography of the year (2012) by NPR's All Things Considered.  I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen was also an international best-seller, and No. 1 on the Canadian national book charts.