The Seattle premiere of this film is a chance to view John’s incredible art collection which includes Mark Ryden’s “Snow White”. Long Gone John, a life-long resident of L.A. has recently moved to the Seattle area.
In the past seventeen years, he has single-handedly released over 750 records without ever signing a contract and has helped launch the careers of the White Stripes, Hole, The Dwarves, Rocket from the Crypt and The Muffs.
Juxtapoz (#64) features a fantastic article by Todd Schorr describing the origins, ideas, and process behind his amazing work “A Pirate’s Treasure Dream” featured in the film. The article also includes eight still images from the timelapse footage director Gregg Gibbs took while documenting the nine month process.
Sympathy Records continues to be one of the more successful indie labels in the US. Many of his releases also involve commissioned artwork from well- known artists such as, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr and Robert Williams, often involving subversive riffs on other famous works, like the album cover of The Rolling Stones, “Their Satanic Majesties Request.”
Last year, before his move to the Seattle area, I was able to view his home and snapped a few photos.
More incredible photos of Long Gone John’s Home
Interview with Long Gone John in Little Cracked Egg.