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Jack Kerouac's novel Big Sur was the lyrical compass for this compelling documentary soundtrack composed by celebrated recording artist Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) and performed together with Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service). The hauntingly intimate lyrics were taken directly from the pages of Kerouac's Big Sur, and melded into a series of acoustic melodies over the course of three days.

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Producer Jim Sampas worked together with film director Curt Worden to seek out artists with an affinity for Kerouac. They discovered that Kerouac's writings have been one of Farrar's greatest inspirations. His unique interpretation of Big Sur emulates Kerouac's spontaneous writing method with his poetic sense of urgency. Gibbard's vocal approach to Kerouac's thoughts and experiences from five decades past directly transports listeners to these troubled moments in Big Sur.

Highly regarded sound mixer Paul Kolderie blends the minimal use of instruments to allow the music to gently breathe beneath the stunning visual imagery of the film. Farrar and Gibbard's partnership seems to have been ordained, and their distinctive voices embody the bittersweet palpability of Kerouac's prediction - One Fast Move or I'm Gone...

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