A Take Away Show: Benjamin Clementine / Colin Solal Cardo / La Blogothèque / 2015

A Take Away Show: Benjamin Clementine / Colin Solal Cardo / La Blogothèque / 2015


Footnotes

Clementine admits he was mischievous as a child but his rebellion was rarely conventional. He would bunk off school but spend all day at the library, picking books at random off the shelves. He found himself particularly drawn to poetry, especially William Blake, TS Eliot and Carol Ann Duffy. His older brother Joseph told him to read the dictionary, and Clementine sought out rare and archaic words, attempting to incorporate them into his vocabulary. His fondness for dictionaries endures, to the extent that he has decided as a side-project to write his own in 26 volumes. Words, he insists, are merely "someone's interpretation", and his version will be what they mean to him. ➡︎

In Paris people have a big ego, but you cannot rely on them. Many people let me down, until I met one person on the street and he said he had a studio. I went there to record music, and one of his friends had a record label and wanted me to sign a contract. I said no. I could not trust anyone at the time. I told him he could be my manager. I went to play in hotels, birthday parties, stations, and then we went to the Cannes Festival and I was playing with a band, my own band, in a hotel. In the middle of the show I realised that people did not care. So I left. I stopped playing and went to another bar with my manager. There was a piano at the back and I played on the piano. It was 1am and I played until 5am. It was magical. People were taken, and what happened is that the owner of the bar followed and found us, and he wanted to make a record label to record my songs. ➡︎


Extras

◼︎ Unlocking the Mystery of Benjamin Clementine / David Byrne / T Magazine / 2016


Sources

◼︎ Benjamin Clementine / Alain Elkann interview / 2016

◼︎ Benjamin Clementine: the barefoot troubadour who speaks his mind / Tim Lewis / The Guardian / 2014


Toute la mémoire du monde (All the memory of the world) / Alain Resnais	 / 1956

Toute la mémoire du monde (All the memory of the world) / Alain Resnais / 1956

Architectures: La Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève / Juliette Garcias / 2010

Architectures: La Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève / Juliette Garcias / 2010