Art, Pain, and Suffering (and Songwriting)

December 11, 2018

An interview with Jeff Tweedy of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco by Bob Boilen at All Songs Considered

On Pain And Songwriting

“I have a lot of strong opinions about the ‘tortured artist myth,’ and, in my opinion, the mistaken notion that art grows out of pain. Everybody has pain in their life. Everyone suffers. If art grew out of suffering alone there’d be a lot more art, and a lot of really true horrific suffering on this planet is done by people in positions where they don’t have the means of production of any type of art. Their daily struggle is survival…

“I think it’s just that art becomes great when people are able to see themselves and recognize themselves in it. And unfortunately one of the most shared experiences for humans is sadness and suffering.”

https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2018/11/27/669963866/jeff-tweedy-on-anxiety-addiction-and-a-lifetime-making-art?&te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=edit_nn_p_20181210&section=whatElse

One Response to “Art, Pain, and Suffering (and Songwriting)”

  1. Diane Pieri Says:

    poet Billie Collins “Serious art takes sadness as a given”

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