Sam’s Sonny Clark Piece in Tin House Now Online

tin house title page001The editors of Tin House have provided permission to post this PDF online.  It comes from their issue #50, Winter ’11-’12.  We are grateful.
-JLP Staff


  1. david wilson Said,

    March 5, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    I read your article on Sonny Clark and really enjoyed it. Not as schadenfreude, but as tragedy. Like you I have all Sonny’s records and I listen to them often.

    I especially like the way you make the point about how the record companies used the musicians’ drug dependance in exploitative ways. Your analogy to the coal mine/company store is apt. I’d add sharecropping as another way of describing that relationship.

    I grew up looking at those jazz album covers and wondering where the magic came from once I gave them a listen. There was something about the image and the music of “Cool Struttin” that made it the most enchanting of the lot. I’m going to send your article onto my son who lived in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese. What you wrote about the expression of melancholy is very intriguing. Thanks for the nice article.

    David Wilson

  2. admin Said,

    March 6, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    Thanks for the kind, thoughtful words, David. I really appreciate you engaging the article on this level. Thanks for passing it onto your son, too. The connections with Japan run deep on many levels with Clark, Gene Smith, Sam