- An Interview with Kristin Hersh Jammerzine 44:13
To be able to make it in the music industry is a tough gamble. Real tough. The exact same thing can be said about becoming an author, or more importantly, a mother. Our person of interest for today has been able to do all three. Brilliantly, I might add. That person is Kristin Hersh. Having already made a name for herself with the legendary Throwing Muses, she then expanded her career to include new musical endeavors such as her solo career and 50FootWave.
But wait, there’s more. And this is the part where I really hope that she appreciates my writing skills because she is also an established author. With books such as “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die“, “Rat Girl“, “Toby Snax“, and her new book “Wyatt At The Coyote Palace” (with a massively good soundtrack), Kristin has proven to the world that her skills are a plenty. But what most impressed me in the interview above, and I think it shows, is that she has been able to raise a family amid all the chaos that is musical entertainment. To me, that is the mark of a true talent.
Other Jammerzine articles featuring Kristin Hersh:
- The Test Drive: Kristin Hersh – Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
- First Listen: 50FootWave – Human
- Daily Dose: 50FootWave – Bath White
About Kristin Hersh
2016 was extremely productive for indie rock music legend Kristin Hersh, bringing the release of her double CD/book combination ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’ via Omnibus Press / Overlook Press and completing massively successful tours of Ireland, the UK and USA, not to mention releasing the ‘Bath White’ EP from her power trio 50FOOTWAVE earlier in the year.
2017 has also gotten off to a busy start with Athens-based Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records (HHBTM) announcing a vinyl release for ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’. 1000 copies will be pressed and Limited Deluxe versions come with a full-color turntable slipmat and color vinyl. This is the third release in the ground-breaking book-CD format that Hersh began with her previous solo album “Crooked” and Throwing Muses’ 2013 release “Purgatory/Paradise”.
Kristin Hersh is most recognized as the front person for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses, who are being inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in April. She has also found a surprisingly successful career as an author, she has published the critically acclaimed “Paradoxical Undressing” in the UK (released as “Rat Girl” in the USA), a children’s book “Toby Snax,” and “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die,” a highly acclaimed personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt.
The songs, which were written during a turbulent period in her life, were recorded at her favorite studio in Portsmouth, RI with engineer Steve Rizzo. The prose was inspired by her son Wyatt and his fascination with an abandoned apartment building inhabited by coyotes, often visiting and even filming these creatures during the album’s recording. Yet suddenly his intense fascination came to an end. Hersh comments, “I had so loved his love of the place”.