The Smashing Pumpkins founder is making a movie and he needs your help.
In a new post on his website, Billy Corgan has written a lengthy open letter declaring he’s begun a cross country road trip with the intention of creating a “documentary about America” and to find inspiration for his next record (what happened to that doom metal album one can only guess). There isn’t a set plan or route, instead he’s asked fans to encourage him and his “mate Justin” on where to go.
“Though it may seem I’d be more interested in where the cool kids hang about, we’ll be much more taken with documenting the stories of an elderly class that can share impressions of the country as it once was; good, bad, or indifferent”, he explains, adding that, “in order to do so with integrity, I’ll need to be invited into old-fashioned parlors and the like to retain some sense memory of what’s come and gone.”
In exchange for this, Corgan will bring along an acoustic guitar and perform in your “old-fashioned parlor”, describing the trip as an unofficial tour before his acoustic In Plainsong tour kicks off in March. Read an excerpt from the letter below and head to Corgan’s website to send him a message.
“My mate Justin and I are set to head out and chart the beginnings of a new documentary I’m aching to make about America. And as we meet strangers and friends in living rooms and backyards and porches, and near campfires and rusting trolleys, we’ll need your help of where to go and what we must see. If that intrigues you, and you or yours have family along our route, we’d like you to contact us with good heart. For we’ll need help and support to make this work as I imagine it in my mind. To sketch at least the beginnings of a project that may be so vast it’ll take much more than a 3 week roustabout to understand.”