The Beatles are not merely awful; I would consider it sacrilegious to say anything less than that they are god awful. They are so unbelievably horribly, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art that they qualify as crowned heads of anti-music, even as the imposter popes went down in history as “anti-popes.” William F. Buckley Jr. ☀
T Bone Burnett on the Making of Inside Llewyn Davis ☀
- Esquire: Why was Marcus Mumford a fit for working on this project?
- T Bone Burnett: Marcus is a deep person. He thinks deeply and interestingly about culture. He was a perfect fit, for one reason, because he was getting married to one of the stars of the film at the time! [Laughs] In the past, he's referred to O Brother, Where Art Thou? as an important film to him. So many of these kids today were in their early teens when O Brother happened over 13 years ago, so people in their mid-20s now, for many of them, this was the portal into this traditional American music. There's a certain resonance from that. Marcus also has this beautiful tone. We needed someone to play the part of Llewyn Davis's partner who jumped off the wrong bridge. He's not seen on camera, he's only heard on record, but Marcus was the perfect casting for that.
- ESQ: What is it about Inside Llewyn Davis that bridges a generational gap between musicians, folk and otherwise?
- TBB: I think this movie appeals to all artists, really, because it's really about an artist's struggles. The movie's not really about folk music, you know, even though folk music is the river we're navigating. The movie's about what's going on in the boat.
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