In a new long-winded blog post on his official website, Billy Corgan has announced that he is starting work on a new documentary project “about America.” It sounds like it’s still in the early part of conception, but here’s the relevant excerpt about the film, though the whole odd post is worth a read:
My mate Justin and I are set to head out and chart the beginnings of a new documentary I’m aching to make about America. And as we meet strangers and friends in living rooms and backyards and porches, and near campfires and rusting trolleys, we’ll need your help of where to go and what we must see. If that intrigues you, and you or yours have family along our route, we’d like you to contact us with good heart. For we’ll need help and support to make this work as I imagine it in my mind. To sketch at least the beginnings of a project that may be so vast it’ll take much more than a 3 week roustabout to understand.
For example, my grandfather was at one juncture of his life a coal miner. So though it may seem I’d be more interested in where the cool kids hang about, we’ll be much more taken with documenting the stories of an elderly class that can share impressions of the country as it once was; good, bad, or indifferent. And in order to do so with integrity, I’ll need to be invited into old-fashioned parlors and the like to retain some sense memory of what’s come and gone. In exchange, I’ll bring along a guitar to play, in what we’ll call an unofficial tour before the IN PLAINSONG shows; all of which go on sale this Friday, February 5th.
As of now, our start date is immediate, where we’ll head southward along the river Illinois to the Mississippi, and then west, posting an intended route each morning; but flexible to where the wind take us. To make what I’ll deign as a living postcard before all is so faded from view that it is all but unrecognizable through pictures. For what stands left of the temples of Rome but what the Caesars forgot to destroy?
So find us if you will, and guide us…(our contact information can be found below, at the bottom of this post).
There’s a contact form on his website if you want to get in touch.
Corgan also talks about the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins In Plainsong tour with Liz Phair. Tickets for the so-called “unofficial tour” before those shows will go on sale tomorrow (2/5).
Read the full thing here.