American Interior The Quixotic Journey of John Evans, His Search for a Lost Tribe and How, Fuelled by Fantasy and (Possibly) Booze, He Accidentally Annexed a Third of North America, or Footnotes - A Fantastical, Musical Quest in Search of the Remains of Don Juan Evans

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American Interior is a psychedelic historical travelogue from Welsh pop legend Gruff Rhys.

LONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE

In 1792, John Evans, a twenty-two-year-old farmhand from Snowdonia, Wales, travelled to America to discover whether there was indeed, as widely believed, a tribe of Welsh-speaking native Americans still walking the great plains.

In 2012, Gruff Rhys set out on an 'investigative concert tour' in the footsteps of John Evans, with concerts in New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St Louis, North Dakota and more.

American Interior is the story of these journeys. It is also an exploration of how wild fantasies interact with hard history and how myth-making can inspire humans to partake in crazy, vain pursuits of glory, including exploration, war and the creative arts.

'Brilliantly life-affirming . . . highlights a world of wonder' Guardian

'A joyous and poignant celebration of the mythical and the real' Caught by the River

'Charming and entertainingly written' Independent

GRUFF RHYS is known around the world for his work as a solo artist as well as singer and songwriter with Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, and for his collaborations with Gorillaz, Mogwai, Dangermouse and Sparklehorse amongst others. The latest album by Neon Neon, Praxis Makes Perfect, based on the life of radical Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, was recently performed as an immersive live concert with National Theatre Wales.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241965368
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 917.304932
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 306
Weight: 280g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 22mm