Jandek on Corwood (2004)



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This portrait of indie-rock artist Jandek explores the performer's career -- from his bluesy, atonal music and haunting lyrics to the his steadfast seclusion and sheer longevity. Twenty-five years, 34 albums, and not a single live show or public appearance. Even the simple detail of his real name is a mystery. Jandek released his first album, 'Ready for the House,' in 1978 on his own record label, Corwood Industries (he is, of course, the only artist on this label). The release went relatively overlooked until a review by Phil Milstein appeared in Op magazine in 1980. Bolstered by that slight measure of notice, Jandek set about releasing at least one album per year over the next quarter century, all featuring his unique brand of cacophonous rock and suicide-note blues.
Art House & International , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Jandek on Corwood

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Ostensibly a documentary about a reclusive enigmatic outsider recording artist, Jandek on Corwood is actually a revealing portrait of outsider music nerds.

November 28, 2007
Globe and Mail
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Fascinatingly, [Director Chad Freidrichs'] film becomes less about biography than the passion of cultish obsession.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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The eerie documentary Jandek on Corwood lays out all the evidence that this musician is a genius, at least in keeping his fame fresh through a minimum of publicity.

November 18, 2004
New York Times
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Chad Friedrichs's doc has too many rock-crit talking heads, too often saying the same thing based on scant information -- a clumsy portrait of the artist that inadvertently serves as a mirror of the critical faculty itself.

Full Review… | November 16, 2004
Village Voice
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Director Chad Friedrichs works around Jandek's never having revealed his identity by interpolating shots of the PO box and rocks on the beach with the talking heads of fans, critics, and journalists, and lots of Jandek's wistful, haunting music.

Full Review… | September 18, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Jandek on Corwood

An interesting tale of a prolific "artist" who makes terrible music with intriguing album covers and tells so little about himself that he makes the rock critics all desire to see more. Would have been more interesting if it included footage of Jandek who I believe has made a number of public appearances post film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Somewhere, I read a review which said this film was a better portrait of record-collector geeks than of Jandek himself. I tend to agree. More testimonies from musicians, and less from college DJs and retail clerks, might have helped.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

Jandek fans are obsessive about Jandek. Morrissey fans are obsessive about Morrissey. FUCK, I'M BOTH.

Thomas Boettner
Thomas Boettner

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