Doug Aitken is a multimedia artist who takes an in-depth look at society's art today; with the likes of music, dance and physical artwork in mind. On his exploration, he takes a 4,000 mile trip from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean (that's New York to San Francisco) picking up a variety of artists along the way and making stops to witness some incredible 'happenings' throughout the country. He gets the chance to speak to musicians in their droves, all eager to open up about their experiences and interpretations of their art. The trip takes place over 24 days and features such spectacles as Beck being joined by a gospel choir in the enormous Mojave desert; an expanse which spans California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. 'Station To Station' is an artistic documentary roadtrip with a difference. Directed by Doug Aitken ('The Source'), it includes appearances from some 43 musicians and artists including Beck, Jackson Browne, Thurston Moore, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Cat Power, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Dan Deacon, Cold Cave and many, many more. The movie is set to be released in cinemas on June 26th 2015, after which the Station to Station: A 30-Day Happening event will kick off.
While there's always been an aversion for transatlantic influences to rise to the fore as far back as when The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were covering rock and roll standards and obscure delta blues ditties respectively, that trend seems to have reversed in recent years with America's underground now largely in thrall to the UK's more diverse and inspiring artistes. The likes of Interpol, The Rapture, The Drums and Radio 4 to name but four all probably wouldn't exist in the way we know them were it not for a shared love of British punk and its post years, while even more experimental acts of a dancefloor persuasion such as LCD Soundsystem, Crystal Castles and Gang Gang Dance owe more than a debt of thanks to a host of seminal Anglophile acts both past and present.
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