19 aprile 2021


Vanno naturalmente - e lodevolmente - ascritti al desiderio e alla necessità di mantenere disponibili informazioni rilevanti sulla lunga e non sempre lineare storia dei Pere Ubu - e di altri progetti con protagonista David Thomas - le recenti iniziative di revisione del sito web dedicato (Ubuprojex), la riorganizzazione dei materiali ufficiali (Ubutique) e quelli d'archivio (Hearpen), la pubblicazione periodica di materiali audio del tutto inediti o finora circolati in modo improprio (via Bandcamp), il contatto periodico con appassionati e studiosi per rispondere a loro domande e curiosità e fornire ulteriori spunti (in Ubu DubDatapanik TV). Ai materiali di stampa già pubblicati si è aggiunto in tempi recenti un'antologia di documenti riguardanti una delle epoche più interessanti nelle alterne vicende del gruppo, quella iniziale: Pere Ubu-The Scrapbook (1975-1982)

Il rimanente lavoro di documentazione è ancora molto e Thomas - pur sostenuto egregiamente da Kiersty Boon (cioè Communex) - ne soffre un po' il peso, specie dopo la perdita quattro anni fa del fido Paul Hamann, erede del 'mitico' Ken: "I have in my possession every note, every buzz that Pere Ubu committed to tape or to digital media since 1975. It has fallen to me to be the janitor, the custodian of a magnificent edifice of many chambers whose walls are etched and embellshed with hopes, dreams and visions. I can only hope that I am up to the task. The end of my life is in sight. Not imminent, I hope, but coming on like a dark train spreading sparks and smoke across the geography of vision. Every day I work in the edifice, patching leaks, repairing and preserving. My shortcomings are legion. My will is singular and focused. Recently I died twice. It is said that only the will to live kept me alive. I am here and I am working. I do the coding. I do the engineering. I do the html. I do the conservation and preservation, the collection and organization. I troubleshoot the software problems of our customers. The indomitable Communex works with me all the hours, guarding my health and clearing the road ahead. Her work with associated visual media is grounded, vital and complemented by the sporadic reappearance of John 'Johnny Dromette' Thompson. The edifice stands. Stunning picture postcards of that edifice and its chambers, printed carefully with attention to detail and integrity, can be purchased at this site. That is my ambition. It is humble but achievable. A magnificent, scholarly coffee table book might be preferable but is beyond our means and vision. I yearn for an award, serious recognition, a plaque to put on the wall. Something that says, 'Well done - you have stayed the course.' Won't happen. That's not Pere Ubu anyway. Pere Ubu is a unique road side stop to be stumbled on by chance and accident, explored with enthusiasm, and then left behind to be recalled forevermore with joy. That is my will."