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Chesnutt was approached for the role by Billy Bob Thorton, the screenwriter and lead actor in Sling Blade, who had seen Chesnutt in a doctumentary titled Speed Racer: Welcom to the World of Vic Chesnutt. “That documentary was made by Peter Sillen in 1991 and was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and PBS stations all across the country. Following his untimely and tragic death in 2009, acclaimed singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt is set to be the subject of a new documentary. The film is tentatively called Vic Chesnutt - It Is What It. Coward Lyrics: The courage of the coward / Is greater than all others / A scaredy-cat'll scratch you / If you back 'im in a corner / But I,I,I, I am a coward / I, I, I am a coward / Courage. In 1993, Chesnutt was the subject of filmmaker Peter Sillen's independently produced documentary, Speed Racer: Welcome to the World of Vic Chesnutt, which was shown on PBS. Chesnutt also had a small role as 'Terence' in the 1996 Billy Bob Thornton movie Sling Blade, which he later described self-mockingly as a poor performance. Vic Chesnutt's 1996 Major Label Album About to Choke to Be Reissued. By: Tom Breihan.

Abstract

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This thesis is an exploration of the life and music of Vic Chesnutt, and it accompanies a documentary film. Both components feature interview excerpts from over 30 hours of film footage with Chesnutt, as interspersed with archival documents of his life, along with dozens of interviews with his family, friends, peers, music writers, and bandmates. Chesnutt's story can only be properly told through the lens of southern culture. He was not just a charter member of an international group, but a southern songwriter whose rural Georgia upbringing was paramount to his work. He has often been compared in music journals to the southern gothic schoolmates of William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Carson McCullers, placing his songs in the context of southern writers. His music emphasizes the language and rituals of the people around him in Georgia, especially Athens, who helped give him such a strong sense of regionalism. A history of the related Athens music scene is another vital component of this thesis. For Chesnutt and the southern gothic writers discussed here, their characters distinguish the South in a certain time and place; through storytelling they find that 'peculiar crossroads' of a South steeped in mystery. It is the ultimate goal of this thesis to draw attention to Chesnutt's still obscure work, and place it within the context of writers such as Faulkner and O'Connor.

Recommended Citation

Hermann, John, 'The Life And Songwriting Of Vic Chesnutt' (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 885.
https://egrove.olemiss.edu/etd/885

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